The IT story
Uniting Ambition established business in 2006 with only 5 PCs. As a new start-up venture they needed the best advice and support to keep IT costs to a minimum, ensuring systems worked consistently and efficiently, with the latest anti-virus and data options. Prompt PC spent minimum time onsite configuring PCs as well as recommending further valuable advice for reducing IT costs.
By November 2007, Uniting Ambition had out-grown their current IT infrastructure and required a new solution for their growing IT needs within their expanding business. Prompt PC not only focused on their current working organisation, but also their projected needs for the next 5 years, requiring the installation of a new Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 and multiple workstations which would allow growth to 75 employees. During the following years Prompt PC continued to provide sound advice and support to Uniting Ambition’s IT systems, including several office moves and have been their one and only IT support company ever since. In late 2012 David Axon, Uniting Ambition’s Director for Business Operations, discussed with Andrew Eardley how Uniting Ambition was planning to grow over 200 employees over the next few years, which would exceed the limitations of their now ageing Microsoft Small Business Server. With this rapid growth of Uniting Ambition across multiple locations, Prompt PC recommended and quickly completed the switch to Microsoft Office 365 in early 2013, negating the need to spend over £20,000 supplying and installing new servers. In addition, this also removed the considerable cost of inter-connecting multiple sites and supporting these servers all around the country.
Microsoft Office 365 is not only considerably more cost effective than an on premise server based solution, but has enabled Uniting Ambition to grow without having to consider IT infrastructure, server capacities or physical locations. Office 365 even prevents the stress of worrying about data loss, as it is spread around multiple, secured Microsoft data-centres, which is especially important for a data-driven business such as Uniting Ambition. This is all due to Office 365’s ability to work immediately from “out of the box” for up to 50,000 users, which can be easily added and removed – only requiring an Internet connection.
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