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The Background.

Established in 1997, Sacco Mann is one of the UK’s most respected names in Legal and IP recruitment.  Sacco Mann differentiates itself from the competition by taking the time and effort to understand its clients’ and candidates exact requirements, before carefully matching the two.

This focus on the ‘human touch’ has undoubtedly helped to fuel Sacco Mann’s success, and the company also understands the vital role that IT plays in a modern business.  As a result, Sacco Mann is committed to using the latest technology, software and systems to provide the greatest possible efficiency, flexibility and security for its staff, clients and candidates.

The Key Benefits and Results.

  • Easy Migration – experience and mature processes ensured a pain free migration.
  • Enhanced Collaboration – all offices operate from the same IT environment.
  • Flexible Working – staff can work effectively wherever they are.
  • Advanced Service – QuoStar provide strategic services, not simply IT support.
  • Always On – a 10 year old, 4th generation cloud platform delivers required performance.
  • Robust Security – An ISO 27001 accredited firm and data centre value client data.

The Problem.

Sacco Mann contacted QuoStar in order to find a way to link its offices more effectively.   The company’s main server was based in its Leeds office, meaning that employees in the Manchester office accessed the company’s data via a Virtual Private Network (VPN).  As a result, the connection to the company’s main server was often slow and unreliable, which created unwanted delays when accessing important data and systems.

John Sacco, Director, Sacco Mann said “We knew that something needed to be done to improve the IT links between our offices, but at the same time we didn’t want to simply throw money at the problem by buying loads of new IT equipment for the Manchester office, as we had purchased a lot of this same equipment for the Leeds office already.  We asked QuoStar whether there was a better way to tackle the problem, and they came up with a compelling business case for cloud computing, as this model would give both our offices a secure and reliable connection to all of our data, software and systems from any location”.

The QuoStar Solution.

Cloud computing is becoming an increasingly attractive option for many companies, as it allows businesses to access the computing power that they need as a service, rather than a product.  As such, this model will allow Sacco Mann employees access to the company’s core applications and data via the internet whenever they need them, efficiently and securely.   This model also provides faster and more reliable access to all of the company’s information from its regional offices and offers much greater flexibility for employees working from home or virtually any other location.  Also, because it offers such a highly flexible model, cloud computing will help to give Sacco Mann enormous flexibility in terms of budgeting.

Cloud computing also brings other benefits to Sacco Mann.  For a start, the overall reliability of the company’s IT systems will be improved, as the IT equipment at QuoStar’s dedicated data centres is much more powerful than the system that Sacco Mann had been using in-house.  Plus, QuoStar is now able to monitor Sacco Mann’s network speed and performance at all times, in order to deliver maximum uptime and prevent any disruption to service.

Security is also very important to Sacco Mann, which is another reason that the company chose to work with QuoStar.  As an ISO 27001 and ISO 20000 certified company, QuoStar can guarantee that all of Sacco Mann’s data and service is carefully controlled at all times.

Sacco Mann’s migration to the cloud went smoothly, largely because QuoStar was able to examine how the company’s existing software would function within a cloud computing model. For example, QuoStar was able to modify the company’s database software before moving it to the cloud in order to make sure that it would continue to work properly.  For Sacco Mann, easy access to this type of specialist expertise underlined the importance of working with a cloud computing provider that offered more than just hosting.

Sacco Mann’s decision to adopt a cloud computing model is already helping to support the company’s ambitious expansion plans. With Sacco Mann’s data and systems now stored in the cloud, the company can add new users at any time, both quickly and easily, whether they are based in one of its regional offices, working from home, or accessing the network from an iPad or other mobile device.

John Sacco, Director, Sacco Mann commented :-

“One of the best things about QuoStar was their ability to take a consultancy approach to this entire project.  In other words, QuoStar has provided us with much more than just a ‘Desktop As A Service system’ – they have provided us with the expertise, support and tools that we need to offer the best possible service for our candidates, clients, and employees.”

“QuoStar really took the time to really understand our business, and to hold regular meetings with us in order to make sure that everything was working exactly as it should,” he adds. “As a result, QuoStar was much more than just a vendor or a supplier; they were a strategic partner that we could trust and lean on throughout the earliest planning stages, the implementation, and beyond. For all of these reasons, we expect QuoStar to be a valued partner for many years to come.”

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