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XMS has helped the world’s biggest and best modernize, secure and scale critical business systems. Here are some names you know, success stories and some of the lessons we’ve learned through the years.
Focused on Workforce, A Global Research Leader Moves to the Cloud.
RTI maintains offices across four continents and supports workers in more than 100 countries. Legacy infrastructure and applications represented a challenge to the new realities of the mobile workforce.
Research Triangle Institute’s (RTI) team of over 6,000 tackles hundreds of projects in over 75 countries each year. Since 1958, RTI has worked to address complex social and scientific challenges on behalf of governments, businesses, foundations, universities, and other clients and partners.
RTI sought to modernize legacy infrastructure, applications and security policies, moving to the Microsoft cloud for improved workforce productivity and lower costs.
XMS Solutions documented the use cases, infrastructure and support footprint for RTI’s current applications and systems. From there, a plan for consolidating and securing on premise infrastructure was developed, followed by a cloud migration plan that minimized user and business disruption.
Finally, a future-facing roadmap was developed with RTI’s Enterprise Architecture team to integrate additional Microsoft capabilities over time.
Users found better performance from applications and development teams delivered new features faster. Through self-service provisioning, IT put the required resources in place in hours, not weeks. When demand spikes or field teams need more powerful compute resources, IT alters their resources instantly on demand.
Security management and support was also simplified through automated capabilities within the Azure stack. RTI improved workforce productivity, reduced siloes and integrated organizations in the cloud, enabling employees to connect, collaborate, and create from anywhere.
Putting the Pieces Together for a Complex, Multi-national Publicly Traded Company.
For companies growing through acquisition, realizing the value of a deal depends on how well they integrate the acquired assets into their existing operations. At Matthews International, disparate systems limited use of common features and created a potential compliance nightmare.
After a period of acquisition-led growth, Matthews International found itself with 20 corporate subsidiaries, over 13,000 users leveraging 18 different environments.
Users became vocal about productivity challenges. IT departments across the company experienced high call volumes and low customer satisfaction ratings. The impact of a “status quo” approach for collaboration had become a serious impediment for employees, customers, partners and suppliers. Costs for system maintenance were at an all-time high with no signs of reduction ahead. Security concerns were a daily reality.
XMS Solutions started with a series of workshops with Matthews International’s IT teams and business leaders in each company, developing use cases stretching from company to company, across countries, partners and suppliers.
Requirements and processes were documented, evaluated and challenged. Current system cost and maintenance drivers were also calculated and measured against a matrix of benefit and risk factors. Cultural aspects of keeping systems on-premise vs. moving to the cloud were also discussed. Access and security templates and policies were created, leveraging flexibility and enforceability acceptable to business units worldwide. Common policies for e-discovery reduced risk.
A migration plan focused on Microsoft technologies was reviewed and accepted by the business. XMS Solutions deployed a central communication platform to keep Matthews International’s user base informed about the migration, serving as a hub for training schedules and documentation.
Upon completion of migration and training, surveys were taken to evaluate the impact on user productivity and overall satisfaction with the process and new tools. Matthews International users registered levels of satisfaction never before seen at the company.
Driving Powerful Results with NRG.
NRG Energy, Inc. is an American energy company serving 6 million retail customers in 24 US states and eight provinces in Canada. NRG provides natural gas generation, coal generation, oil generation, nuclear generation, wind generation, utility scale generation, and distributed solar generation.
NRG generates more than 23,000 MW of power from over 40 power plants.
NRG Energy has acquired eleven other energy companies, both generation and retail, that include Reliant Energy, XOOM Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Stream Energy, Discount Power and Cirro Energy. They’ve grown to over 6500 employees, many of whom work in offices and field locations. Like other companies growing through acquisition, system and application integration is critical to achieving business value.
For over a decade, XMS Solutions has worked with NRG’s Enterprise Architecture team to integrate, migrate, support and upgrade of dozens of directory and collaboration systems and applications. XMS developed a continuous, scalable process for prioritizing application migration targets, identifying required resources and level of effort, and a deployment methodology minimizing impact on users and the business.
Driven by consistent M&A activity, NRG teams are required to integrate quickly while maintaining the rigid compliance and security requirements of the energy industry.
Partnering with XMS Solutions, NRG reaches the IT target state of the combined company much faster, reducing transition cost and risk by reducing the dependency on the seller’s IT landscape. Users have achieved productivity targets faster, while compliance and security requirements remain fulfilled within required timelines.
Industry Expertise and Thought Leadership
While we prefer Teams calls and site visits to share our perspective, feel free to review some of our recent whitepapers and case studies.
UNDERSTANDING THE RISK OF LEGACY AD ARCHITECTURE
Active Directory (AD) architecture plays a critical role in successful consolidation and/or migration efforts. Which AD architecture approach will support your business as it grows over time?
ENTERPRISE IAM: THE METRICS THAT MATTER
Organizations can be overwhelmed by the number of IAM elements that can be measured and reported on. This whitepaper breaks down the Enterprise IAM Key Metrics Framework, a collection of indicators justifying IAM investments and tracking improvement over time.
IAM FOR OFFICE365: WHEN TO GO OUTSIDE THE BOX
Microsoft’s Office 365 provides some IAM capabilities to support managing identities and to allow integration with an organization’s IAM services. But are they enough? This whitepaper helps Enterprise IT understand how and when to go beyond these default IAM controls.