Gadens’ national environment was successfully migrated to Azure IaaS in February 2018. The firm unlocked several significant benefits and outcomes with the new business solution in place.
- Reduced infrastructure costs by 60% under Azure’s ‘pay for what you use’ model
- Faster access and better performance with core business applications
- Easier and more manageable environment with less risk of change
The success of the implementation came down to Xello’s “responsive approach” to cloud infrastructure and the strategic partnership formed with Gadens that allowed both groups to understand how and why the solution could meet their specific business needs.
“Cloud is a discovery for firms like Gadens and in that discovery it’s all about change,” said Tom. “Xello is adaptable and happy to listen to change during the project. Being in that space means things can get done and we can get to and achieve the end-state we weren’t able to do on our own. It’s been a very competitive edge to work with Xello.”
With core applications workloads now in an Azure IaaS environment, Gadens is now focused on leveraging new reporting solutions such as Microsoft’s Power BI, firming up their security model process to further reduce risk and improving their technology stack to keep competitive and aligned with what their clients want.
Overall, the biggest benefit of the Azure migration for Tom, outside of significant cost optimisation, is having the right infrastructure framework and platform in place that helps the business keep prepared for tomorrow. “When something once took a week to get a server, it now only takes two minutes to provision. When new operational projects come in, our infrastructure is now unlocking the changes the IT team need to get a solution in place – BAU (business-as-usual) efficiency and new project operational efficiency.
“The move is not just about having a cloud platform as a talking point – it’s about having a platform that can grow with us and we can build on,” Tom concludes. “That’s what we’re unlocking since we migrated, and that’s a clear-cut win.”