Joseph Rowntree Foundation has moved its IT infrastructure to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform with support from Phoenix.
After Phoenix’s ‘Surveyor 360’ assessment to identify the right mixture of on-premise, hybrid and cloud services to replace JRF’s ageing infrastructure, Phoenix was chosen as JRF’s migration partner for its move to Microsoft Azure.
Andy Veale, director for technology and change, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said, “Cost cutting wasn’t the key driver but it has become one of the outcomes. There is a 50 per cent saving in certain areas of our IT expenditure by moving to the cloud, so for every £1,000 saved in IT, that’s potentially two weeks’ worth of people being in one of our care homes.”
As well as the Azure migration, Phoenix used Microsoft’s Business Value Programme to implement Microsoft 365, reviewed Microsoft Dynamics 365 as a replacement for JRF’s housing management system, optimised their licensing models, enabled more mobile working, and explored advanced technologies such as IoT, AI and machine learning in the context of a proposed ‘smart region’ initiative.