To compete in increasingly dynamic markets, the pressure is on Irish organisations to modernise their core infrastructure and make the IT function more proactive and supportive of the business. Ergo has helped many of them through the transition, trading in traditional IT for more agile cloud-based solutions.
For an international food producer, it was about moving away from an ageing communications platform to a more modern cloud environment. Ergo deployed Microsoft Office 365 with Skype for Business, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, successfully migrating nearly 4,000 users across 40 sites in Great Britain, Ireland and the US. The business is now enabled for new ways of working and has a thriving culture of collaboration.
What we’re particularly focused on is delivering business-based outcomes,” said Steve Blanche, Ergo’s Chief Technology Officer, who also heads up the company’s Core Infrastructure Services (CIS) practice. “It’s about using different infrastructure elements to address particular business problems.”
n the case of a global manufacturing organisation, it was about seamlessly integrating the infrastructure of newly acquired companies into the main business. Ergo helped centralise disparate systems by migrating to Office 365 and to a single Active Directory instance in its headquarters.
“It’s made them much more efficient, not just for day-to-day operations but also in the way they procure. Having centralised infrastructure makes it much simpler to invest in new solutions that will advance the business strategy,” he said.
ssentially, Ergo is helping clients shift from being reactive to proactive by leveraging a new wave of technology. Whether it’s public or private clouds, or a hybrid combination of both alongside existing legacy infrastructure, the goal is to increase business agility.
Ergo has grown fast in recent years as more Irish businesses signed up for its hard-earned expertise. “The work we do today bears little resemblance to what we were doing a few years ago,” explained Blanche. “We’ve gone beyond the traditional hardware management scenarios to engage more directly with the business, helping clients get the most out of digital technology.”
Even Microsoft calls when deployments require deeper levels of technical skill. It’s no coincidence, according to Blanche, because Ergo has made huge financial investments to ensure it has the best technical talent on the island.
“We have highly qualified people across every area of technology we deploy. This includes two MVPs [Most Valuable Professionals], Microsoft’s highest level of technical accreditation. No one else in Ireland has that,” he said. “The biggest thing we bring to engagements is our expertise. That’s a huge comfort to our clients when they’re embarking on digital transformation projects.”
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