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This precision engineering firm had used ADM for support for nearly ten years when the business was acquired by an overseas parent. The new management team was introduced to the business in 2013 and they wanted to outsource the IT function in order to get access to a broad range of specialist skills and expert implementation capability. ADM’s service track record meant they were awarded the contract and, alongside the support function, started to provide delivery of projects and strategic advice.

Since its beginnings in the mid-1950’s this client has become one of the leading fabricators within the infrastructure industry, specialising in manufacturing and installing steel bridges and gantries. From their purpose-built site near Folkestone, Kent they fabricate and install structures ranging from 5 metres to over 100 metres. Their aging infrastructure had served them well, but was now starting to show its age. Some of the applications that it hosted were suffering from the underlying equipment being unreliable. With the key software package being the accounts platform, this was causing concern within the management team.

Based in Ashford, Kent, this ISO certified client has been designing and manufacturing high specification security doors for commercial and industrial premises throughout the UK for well over thirty years, and felt that they had outgrown their previous IT provider. The company’s ambitious 5-year growth plan required a streamlined approach, and was heavily reliant on their IT and internal systems being fully reliable, as any downtime had potential for significant repercussions on their rigorous manufacturing and customer care standards.

ADM’s relationship with this client, the European arm of a US manufacturer of a portfolio of major FMCG health and beauty brands, goes back to the early 2000s. We’ve delivered numerous projects including a new Cisco LAN and a number of refreshes for back-end infrastructure for servers and storage. We also look after all the firm’s internet communications, and have designed and installed a system in the perimeter security to manage external contractors. Skype for Business for unified communications has also been installed to enable the whole organisation to collaborate irrespective of location, keeping travel costs under control.

This Ashford, Kent-based manufacturer with a global sales, service and support network had a Microsoft Small Business Server. It had served them well, but with the platform about to become unsupported by Microsoft, the management team was nervous. ADM were asked to explain their options for moving to a more current platform. After talking to the Board and discussing various business, operational and technical issues, ADM recommended virtualising their existing physical infrastructure. As an added benefit, this approach reduced risk on a planned software upgrade, as a virtual infrastructure is far more fault-tolerant and easy to back up. The move also provided more capacity to meet the client’s increasing demands on its IT.