One of the first priorities was IT services. The three businesses needed one common, cost-effective remote access approach that would require minimal day-to-day administration, simplify their business continuity processes, minimise information security risks and improve their remote working capabilities.
There was also a need to guarantee all data remained within the Channel Islands in order to remove the possibility of clients’ sensitive data being subject to other jurisdictions’ data access laws.
The task of creating a single strategy was made more complex by the differences between the three pre-existing environments:
- One of the businesses was a leading corporate governance and regulatory compliance service provider, Optimus Group, which operated on-premise and had its own internal IT infrastructure and team.
- Another business was a new law firm which relied on constant access to its industry-specific unique applications, including Lawman from Timeslice, and needed additional skills and resources to maintain them.
- And another business was a provider of Trust, Pension, Corporate and Fund services which operated on Macs.
The objectives were therefore simple: unify the disparate environments, simplify their business continuity processes and improve and individuals’ remote access to data and their ability to collaborate, and in the process, lower costs.