Integration – Software provider to schools

Our client is a leading supplier to the UK accountancy and education sectors. With over 17,000 Accountancy Practices and 100’s of schools rely on them every day.

The Client

Our client is a leading supplier to the UK accountancy and education sectors. With over 17,000 Accountancy Practices and 100’s of schools rely on them every day.


The client acquired a school management business which had over 150 members of staff and a complex technology estate.

Scenario

As the acquired businesses was a development organisation at heart, after completing a detailed discovery it was determined that the technology estate was highly complex and needed careful planning prior to any post integration activities to ensure that no operational issues were created.

Beyond followed our standard processes required for both design and integration using our five-stage "Managed M&A" integration framework.

Approach

The target, client and Beyond worked together to assess the technology to understand the complexity, scope and the potential approach of this engagement. During the discovery period, we learnt that the corporate IT environment was relatively healthy (when compared to other SaaS firms). Our approach was to spend time with the target and ensure that we built rapour with them and fully understood the complexities of the business. We interviewed various team members from departments throughout the target to ensure that we had zero operational impact as we performed the integration and subsequent cutover.

The main observations were:

  • Active Directory environment in use but users PCs are on Azure AD due to WFH (some were mixed mode)
  • 157 EUC devices, with limited use of management technology such as InTune
  • PCs are typically used as personal devices which presented a security risk for the acquirer, so some remediation was required to ensure unlicensed or inappropriate software was removed.
  • There were a number of virtual machines to migrate with some physical decommissioning.
  • Uncontrolled mobile device management.
  • Many cloud enterprise applications requiring full assessment.

Project Detail

  • Beyond undertook all aspects of the technical integration.
  • ProjectPlan creation in conjunction with the clients PM
  • MailMigration of the target into the parent organisation.
  • OneDrive Migration of target staff data into the parent tenant
  • SharePoint document Library migration into the parent tenant
  • Remotely migrate End User Computing to the parent domain
  • Migrate in-scope services Undertake any decommissioning required for redundant systems and services
  • Maintain checks on Intune to ensure all migrated devices are compliant Devops and Cloud Configuration post-migration
  • Post-migration support and warranty 

All of the above was guaranteed with Beyonds standard warranty that provides full support for 10 days post integration.

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