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A modern platform for managing all data

Putting data first

Data is rightly seen as the new natural resource for businesses, providing as it does the fuel for success in the digital economy. Of course, gathering and storing large quantities of data is the easy part – far harder is making effective use of that data.

In many organisations, the infrastructure has grown in a relatively unplanned way over a number of years, and much data is locked away in departmental silos. There are often multiple different levels of technology, adding to the management cost and complexity, and running out-of-date data platforms can leave the organisation exposed to security risks.

In many cases, existing systems were originally designed for transactional purposes, with little or no thought given to future reporting or analytics needs. As a result, it is now difficult and time-consuming for business users to find the data they need. To get back on the right track, organisations first need to update their data strategy to meet today’s challenges.

Getting ready

To unlock the benefits of BI and analytics, the typical organisation needs to rationalise, consolidate and modernise its existing data platform. Northdoor offers a comprehensive set of services, starting with a Data Readiness Assessment that determines the best future platform for all data. This assessment aims to re-use and update existing infrastructure wherever practical, but also is open to a full range of both on-premises and in-cloud platforms.

For the existing infrastructure, Northdoor provides consolidation and optimisation services, helping clients to rationalise their databases and migrate to the latest versions. By getting back onto the vendor’s standard support path, organisations reduce their risk and get the accumulated benefits of years of updates.

Faster and more secure

Modernising the data platform typically results in significant performance gains, potentially reducing the total number of servers and enabling the organisation to optimise its software licensing fees. New security features – including transparent data encryption and separation of duties – can help organisations achieve and maintain regulatory compliance at lower cost.

By creating a more compact and efficient on-premises data platform, Northdoor can also help organisations to reduce their IT operational costs, all while increasing the ease of access to data. Current versions of database software make it easy to create hybrid landscapes that span on-premises and cloud resources, enabling organisations to expand at lower cost and to plug in new cloud-based analytics services more easily.

Remove the management burden

Northdoor offers a comprehensive suite of services around data platform modernisation, including the non-disruptive migration of existing data to new platforms.

For organisations seeking to improve their focus on the core business, Northdoor also provides fully managed services for major databases. By engaging Northdoor to provide the data platform as a managed service, organisations benefit from our expertise and no longer need to retain costly skills in-house.

Within a managed services contract, Northdoor can also provide ongoing consultancy and recommendations for project-based enhancements to capabilities. Drawing on our technical skills in other areas, we can support clients in building a full-scale analytics capability on top of their refreshed and updated data platform.

SQL Server Environment Modernisation
in 3 Easy Steps

Find out more about our 3 step process for modernising your SQL environment to help keep your data safe and secure, reduce the costs of managing and licensing your estate and utilising your data to make better business decisions via analytics.

Join a free 45 minute webinar to learn from the experts on how to modernise your SQL Server environment via 3 easy steps and obtain a free ½ day modernisation planning workshop.

Having helped businesses undertake migrations for over 30 years, we are used to hearing valid concerns such as:

“It’s too big a problem.”
“We haven’t got time.”
“It’s too complex and we don’t know how.”
“We have no business case. We have no budget.”
“We worry about change. We have no DBAs.”

Northdoor’s 3-step proven process will help you to:

1. Define the right SQL Server environment and licensing designs
2. Build a business case for management approval
3. Design and undertake a successful migration

This 3-step process often achieves a cost reduction of between 40% and 50% via:

  • Licensing costs
  •  Environment / DBA support costs
  •  Data centre, hosting and hardware costs
  •  Management overhead costs

Post modernisation benefits include:

  • A secure and supported environment (SQL 2008 is end of life July 19th 2019)
  • A simplified, stable and performing environment
  • Utilisation of new feature such as encryption, row-level security, Always-on HA
  • A stepping stone into cloud computing
  • A database environment ready for next phase BI and analytics business requirements.

Contact Richard Hartill for more information on 07833 291 324 or email richard.hartill@northdoor.co.uk

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Data Centre Modernisation
Cloud Profiling Assessment

3.5-day exercise designed to help technical and business leaders
Assess your existing data center environment and provide a road map for migration into the Azure cloud.  (Hybrid or fully cloud).

Agenda
  • Initial workshop with project stakeholders to discuss the overall engagement including preferences for IaaS and PaaS to and to collate data about the existing on-premises environment
  • Install the on-premises environment monitoring software
  • Analyse monitoring data output
  • Determine equivalent Azure products, services and costs (Server, storage, back-up, HA and networking)
  • Generate environment and pricing documentation
  • Present recommendations
  • Discuss next steps for migration
Deliverables

On completion of the workshop, the client will have a high-level understanding of the Azure target environment and the associated Azure services and professional services costs to migrate away, and a well proven turn-key migration strategy.

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On-demand Webinar
SQL Server 2008 – End of Support is Coming

Discover your next steps

This on-demand webinar covers:

  • Data platform challenges such as SQL Server 2008 EOL, Data security & GDPR compliance, management and maintenance and cost of ownership
  • How to work smarter and faster with the likes of SQL Server on Azure IaaS, Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, Azure SQL database and Azure SQL data warehouse
  • High-level overview of platform modernisation
  • SQL licensing 
  • Short Q&A
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Digital Transformation In The Public Sector – East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Northdoor provides professional consultancy to consolidate, modernise and migrate NHS Trust Data platform environments to help find cost savings for environment support and licensing, and to provide better application performance.

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