Who: David Wood
When: 6 months – 2008
Armed with a budget of £300k, our Associate was tasked with stabilising an inconsistent system and shoring up the IT system after the team unexpectedly left. Forshaws relied on one system that was severely out of date, with any support and upgrade contracts running out. The exchange limit was constantly being exceeded, and our Associate needed to bring the entire Forshaws system up to date and optimise it for a business of this size. The company, with around 160 users, hadn’t had any regeneration or significant improvements for around 10 years, so was severely in need of an update.
Our Associate analysed all the software and applications in use in the business, and consolidated the whole system to maximise efficiency – consolidating 32 separate applications down to a core 16 programmes. The company was also upgraded to the latest SQL programming system, and our Associate ensured each system was fully optimised and up to date.
Our Associate identified a reliance on a single system and a physical server system as an area for improvement in the existing work model. By virtualising the entire environment, moving to 12 virtual servers and cutting down to just two physical in-house servers, our Associate simplified the costs for Forshaws, who saw a significant saving.
Before our Associate worked with the team, Forshaws found that everyday systems and applications were consistently crashing, massively impacting efficiency and workflow. Part of the project involved upgrading the company to the latest SQL programming system and making sure everything from software to exchange system was fully optimised and up to date.
Our Associate achieved the entire project for just £65k, almost £250k under Forshaws’ budget. By the end of our Associate’s tenure, the company had a full, wide-ranging and all-encompassing set of systems that were completely up to date, upgradeable and fit for purpose. One of the major wins for the whole project was a hugely significant reduction in running costs for the business, in conjunction with saving so much of the budget for this project. Demonstrating the efficiency and impact of this project, it won the award for Best Internally Managed Project of the Year from the BT Group.