Building contractors Schofield & Sons have been fashioning quality structures for half a century. Yet, a few years ago, Managing Director Dan realised their processes needed an upgrade…
Schofield & Sons knew they required a boost in their digital capabilities – for sharing files, sending emails quickly, and securing the company’s data to meet industry standards.
The company’s headcount was growing, as was the number of devices in their possession. Employees were using Dropbox for data storage. This meant they were synching and storing copies of files on their physical PCs and laptops, putting them at risk of cyber theft with no centralised control over their network. They sought a solution that could mimic Dropbox’s functionality with the ability to eliminate security threats.
Additionally, the firm’s email services were sluggish and unreliable – a better platform could help members of the business, as well as on-site clientele, communicate more effectively to achieve optimum performance. They wanted to achieve:
Following extensive consultation, we embarked on a complete modernisation of Schofield & Sons’ IT network. This ranged from the cabling at their head office to upgrading and unifying the systems used by their team, which were not only limited to head office staff but also to site office locations and off-site employees.
We moved them to Office 365, which solved the Dropbox security breaches and offered workforce flexibility. This allowed off-site employees to more securely access emails and files from any location, with controlled access rights determined by management.
Additionally, a similar interface to their old system eased the transition with minimal or no interruption to the business. They now benefit from seamless communication wherever they are. Office 365 aided the expansion of Dan’s organisation, as more people were now able to perform tasks on-site or at home.
By extensively understanding the business’ needs, we also established the requirement for portable 4G routers, allowing site offices to connect to the internet and access files whilst working from new project sites. These routers could then be taken with them to a new site once the designated project was complete. The above resulted in maximum business efficiency and versatility.
We have now implemented and delivered the following solutions to Schofield & Sons: