Case Study – Moving to the cloud

The Problem

A local firm of accountants approached Cloudworks during a period of rapid expansion at their Nottingham office.

The company utilised on-premises servers and infrastructure for both Microsoft Exchange email and file storage and were looking for an IT company to “Take them into the cloud”.

Cloudworks recommended deploying the Microsoft Office 365 suite as it would provide their business with enhanced security, data retention and team working capabilities whilst also fulfilling the primary  objective of removing their reliance on in-house hardware and servers.

The Solution

Cloudwork’s history of providing successful hybrid and cloud-based solutions enabled the business to make an informed decision on the future of their IT systems and develop a sound cloud strategy.

The initial task was to migrate all the current users to Office 365 with Exchange Online to eliminate the need for internal servers. Following the successful migration, Cloudworks worked with the business to develop an integrated OneDrive/SharePoint solution for team collaboration and client access to accounts data.

Using the built-in technologies available in the Microsoft platform, Cloudworks were able to setup policies for security and remote monitoring / backup of key systems.

By deploying solutions such as Advanced Threat Protection, the business could protect against the increase in daily security threats from viruses, spam and anti-phishing attempts. Comprehensive policies were put in place to proactively monitor data flow in/out of the business and significantly reduce reactive support required dealing with security issues.

The Benefits

With less time managing and maintaining on-premise servers and systems significant cost savings were made. The business, with continued mentoring from Cloudworks are now working on improving their business processes by expanding into the full suite of Microsoft Cloud services.

Cloudworks have taken ownership of the security of devices and users which has given the directors and staff confidence that their clients data is secure.

One of the directors of the business commented:

“We have used Cloudworks for our IT strategy, security and support since 2015. Our initial requirements were to remove any reliance on our in-house IT systems and to ensure we had the most secure platform available. This was delivered with minimal interruption to our daily operations.

We are very happy with the on-going help we receive – especially the reporting system which gives us the assurance that our cloud-based systems are fully secure and professionally managed.”


If your business hasn’t yet explored the full potential of moving to the cloud or only has partially implemented cloud solutions, then give Cloudworks a call. We are specialists in cloud technologies, cyber-security and support. In addition, we continuously monitor our clients IT cloud infrastructure to ensure they are secure and protected against the latest threats. Give us a call to find out more and we will find the best strategy and solution to fit your business.

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