BrownGreer’s team of attorneys, analysts, programmers, and reviewers lead the industry in claims administration, settlement administration, and data management solutions. BrownGreer designs and implements complex mass claims processes that can involve millions of claimants and billions of dollars in settlement funds. The firm, with about 500 employees, also develops and sells MDL Centrality, a claims management software system.
BrownGreer had been running a complex IT environment consisting of a private cloud vendor, an internal data center, and an external backup site. Managing these three sites was increasingly expensive in terms of technology procurement and management; it also wasn’t a great strategy for scaling as the company grew or needs changed.
The development team also wanted more flexibility, and did not want to continue burden the cost of maintaining servers once a project was over, which the private cloud vendor couldn’t support. Finally, IT wanted a broader solution beyond infrastructure hosting, to include cloud-based application lifecycle management and DevOps capabilities.
Consolidating systems and spending with a major public cloud platform seemed like a sensible next step. The IT team saw the benefit of Microsoft Azure, given that BrownGreer was already a Microsoft customer. The firm also felt confident in the risk and compliance profile of Azure. It also would address their InfoSec team’s concerns with overall Network and Security Compliance requirements and provide them with the confidence to address audit questionnaires.
BrownGreer reached out to SADA Systems, an award-winning business and IT consulting firm and Microsoft National Solutions Partner, for assistance. SADA proposed a new strategy based on Microsoft cloud and infrastructure technologies to address BrownGreer’s challenges and goals.
The new infrastructure vision encompassed:
- Microsoft Azure for IaaS and PaaS
- Microsoft Office 365 for productivity and communication
- Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite or EMS (mobile device management through Intune, single sign-on, and a variety of additional security features
- Microsoft SharePoint for document collaboration
- Enabling multi-site Azure ExpressRoute for a fast, dedicated network
- System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for remote management and deployment
- Operations Management Suite (OMS) for responding faster to security threats
BrownGreer selected SADA Systems as its Microsoft consulting and implementation partner for their new IT and cloud environment. SADA was able to demonstrate excellence in all of the core requirements across Microsoft stack (including security expertise), and would deliver additional benefits through centralized monitoring and management of the Azure infrastructure.
The project progress to date has included migrating on-premise email accounts and data to Office 365, consulting on deployment of Microsoft EMS/Intune with integration with SCCM, as well as migrating their on premises infrastructure and services to Azure (IaaS and PaaS). In-progress work includes creating Azure backup and DRaaS, migrating data and applications to Azure and refining the cloud-based development platform to meet specific business and workload processes, and InfoSec requirements.
In time, BrownGreer plans to move all internal data and applications to Microsoft Azure, benefiting from ease of management, more strict compliance and security, lower IT costs, and a flexible and scalable platform for both hosting and developing applications.
- Overall compliance and security in the internal environment has improved, through more secure BYOB management, encryption at rest, email encryption, data loss prevention (DLP) and other security features of the new Microsoft technologies.
- Increased performance, through the use of Azure ExpressRoute, a dedicated network connection from the cloud to the company’s internal data center.
- A more agile environment for software development, with far less resources spent managing the underlying infrastructure.
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