Case Study

Azure Migration​/​Data Centre Refresh

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250 users





The client.

Russell & Bromley has remained synonymous with expert craftsmanship and fashion-led design since 1880. Specialising in luxury shoes and handbags for men and women, the brand continues to be the definitive choice for the well-dressed.

The goal.

We were embarking on a major transformation project to modernise how the business operated and how we communicated with one another.

This change programme would see us change the POS, the back end infrastructure, client devices, CRM/ERP, Internet, Intranet, Comms processes and a lot more. With a small team, we needed a specialist partner that we could trust to support and advise us on the best approach to the challenges and goals ahead.

Infrastructure challenges.

The existing infrastructure was ageing and needed to be updated to accommodate new applications.

Accepting that a refresh was required, there was also a requirement to move to a more flexible way of working. Historically all stores had been reliant on connecting to Head Office to access resources, so any issues with connectivity back to HQ presented a problem for us. We wanted to remove the reliance on the Bromley HQ so the stores operated more independently.

As well as needing guidance on the right infrastructure platform, we also accepted that once it was in place, we needed a specialist to run it on our behalf.

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Why did they engage Foundation IT?

“We wanted an infrastructure partner that we could work closely with, to help guide us through the process of selecting the right technology platforms, implementing them and taking full responsibility once it was in place to allow us to focus on making changes to the business systems.

We have known Foundation IT for a number of years and they had been providing us with ad-hoc infrastructure services which had demonstrated their capability in infrastructure and they have always been responsive and flexible.

FIT had good ideas about how public cloud could be leveraged to remove reliance away from HQ and how that could be grown as legacy systems are replaced by new systems.

Last but not least, we got on with the people involved in our project. We have honest conversations and have some fun in the process.”

Stuart Parkes

Russell & Bromley

The solution.

“FIT refreshed our on-premises infrastructure, splitting it across our Data Centre at HQ and a dedicated external Data Centre for resilience.

They helped to build our Azure & O365 Tenant and moved viable services over to that platform, this enabled us to slim down our on-premises infrastructure and move to a more flexible platform that gave us the right infrastructure foundation.

FIT help us to ensure that our Azure and on-premise infrastructure is well maintained, optimised and available; which in turn allows us to focus on the services that run on these platforms such as our POS, D365, Power Apps etc."

Stuart Parkes

Russell & Bromley

The value.

As well as changing and modernising our Infrastructure, FIT have really enabled us to make progress on changing the way IT is used by the business. As well as the following benefits:-

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Business can scale resources up and down

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Operating on a PAYG basis

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IT department not burdened by infrastructure issues

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No reliance on head office for stores to trade

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Improved overall business resilience