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Transforming My Choice Children's Homes with a Microsoft Cloud Migration

Background: My Choice Children’s Homes, a leading care provider for children, faced significant challenges with their on-premises IT infrastructure. Limited scalability, high maintenance costs, and a more flexible working environment prompted the organisation to seek a comprehensive solution to enhance its operational efficiency and support its caring mission.

Challenge: The organisation’s existing on-premise environment was costly and lacked the flexibility and scalability required for their growing needs. Moreover, their traditional telephone system was becoming increasingly obsolete, leading to inefficiencies and communication barriers within their team.

Solution: Recognizing the need for a robust, scalable, and cost-effective solution, we proposed migrating to a purely Microsoft-based cloud environment. This transition included moving all data to Microsoft Azure, adopting Microsoft 365 for collaboration and productivity, and implementing Microsoft Teams for unified communication and telephony.

Implementation: Our team thoroughly assessed My Choice Children’s Homes’ existing infrastructure to ensure a seamless migration. We meticulously planned the transition to minimise downtime, ensuring the care provision remained uninterrupted. The migration to Microsoft Azure provided a secure and scalable cloud storage solution while adopting Microsoft 365, and Teams revolutionised their communication and collaboration capabilities.

Outcome: The migration to a Microsoft-based cloud environment marked a significant turning point for My Choice Children’s Homes. Key outcomes included:

  • Enhanced Flexibility and Scalability: The cloud environment adapted to their operational needs, supporting remote work and ensuring care providers had access to critical information anytime and anywhere.
  • Cost Reduction: Transitioning to the cloud significantly reduced their IT maintenance costs. The pay-as-you-go model offered by Microsoft Azure eliminated the need for expensive hardware and reduced operational expenses.
  • Improved Communication: With Microsoft Teams, staff enjoyed unified communications that integrated voice, video, and messaging in a single platform, enhancing collaboration across the organisation.
  • Increased Security: The migration bolstered data security with advanced protection against data loss and cyber threats, ensuring sensitive information remained safe.

Client Feedback: “My Choice Children’s Homes has witnessed a remarkable transformation in our IT operations since migrating to the cloud. The support and expertise of the team were exceptional throughout the process. Our operations have become more agile, secure, and cost-effective, allowing us to focus on our core mission of providing exceptional care for children.” – Director, My Choice Children’s Homes.

Conclusion: This case study demonstrates the power of strategic IT solutions in overcoming operational challenges. My Choice Children’s Homes optimised their IT infrastructure by migrating to a Microsoft

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What My Choice Children’s Homes said.

Cloud4Sure migrated over 12 remote offices and our old email and DC servers, broadband, BT to VoIP etc to operate in Microsoft Cloud Services. We now have MS Teams with full PSTN calling, all O365 services are available on computers, tablets and phones and more overall features and opportunities with O365 than we can throw a stick at. All migrations were in real-time with no downtime at all, impressive. Well done Cloud4Sure..

Mark Kazmarski

My Choice Children's Homes

My Choice Children’s Homes is a distinguished organisation dedicated to providing exceptional care and support for children in need. With a network comprising nine residential homes and one specialised school, they offer a nurturing and safe environment where children can thrive and learn. Each home is designed to foster a sense of belonging and community, ensuring personalised attention and care tailored to each child’s unique needs. The school complements our residential services by providing an educational experience prioritising emotional well-being and academic excellence. Together, their homes and schools form a holistic ecosystem to empower children to overcome challenges and unlock their full potential, shaping a brighter future for every child under our care.

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