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Baseline Consulting Group: Exchange Online Success Story

 

SADA Systems, Inc. helps Baseline Consulting Group, A premier provider of enterprise information design and deployment services.

 

 

 

SADA Systems, Inc.

 

 

SADA Systems, Inc. (SADA) is a privately held information technology consulting, outsourcing, and development firm founded in 2000. SADA is one of Microsoft’s first Online Services partners, specializing in the Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) suite, and related integration services. SADA Systems, Inc. has assumed a major leadership role in the Cloud Computing space, and has built a significant part of its business around the implementation of cloud-based solutions all around the world.

 

Baseline Consulting Group (BCG)

 

 

 

 

Baseline Consulting is an acknowledged leader in information design and deployment. BCG helps companies enhance the value of their enterprise data, improve business performance, achieve self-sufficiency, and realize strategic objectives. Baseline provides business consulting and technical implementation services in four practice areas:

 

• Data Warehousing

 

• Data Integration

 

• Business Analytics

 

• Data Governance.

 

Driven by each client’s business needs, Baseline uses proven, structured approaches to create strong business and IT partnerships and bring clarity to many complex data challenges. The Baseline approach uniquely positions them to help clients achieve selfsufficiency in designing, delivering, and managing data as a corporate asset. Baseline brings certainty to results by blending deep technical expertise in systems and data with understanding of business processes and organizations. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Baseline changes how companies leverage information. To learn more, visit Baseline’s website at www.baseline-consulting.com.

 

The Challenge

 

Baseline Consulting consistently reevaluates their own technology needs to better enable them to serve their clients. Baseline consulted with SADA Systems, Inc. for guidance, in their effort to reduce costs while increasing services available in their current email systems. Outlining their needs, SADA and BCG established the following key criteria:

 

• Availability and continuity of messaging services.

 

• Seamless migration experience for all end users.

 

• Instantly variable pricing and scalability.

 

• Net cost savings over current provider.

 

Solution

 

Of critical importance was ensuring continuity of operations during the planning, staging and execution phases of the project. After reviewing Baseline’s needs, we suggested Microsoft’s Exchange Online Service offering. Not only would this approach meet all of Baseline’s requirements but, as part of Microsoft Business Productivity Online Service (BPOS) suite, it would provide a platform for progress ensuring that BCG can extend their capabilities to accommodate increased demand.

 

This recommendation was supported by SADA’s 10 years of experience in traditional infrastructure solutions, and over three years of cloud-based expertise in messaging and collaboration systems.

 

Also of critical importance to the success of this project was being able to conduct the project without affecting system performance for end users. SADA carefully planed the implementation and deployment of the messaging environment and client application. When the deployment process started, SADA approached the process using a proven co-existence strategy. BCG’s existing mail system would work side-by-side with the new, cloud-based solution until the migration process was complete. This blended approach satisfied Baseline’s expectations for maintaining the user experience during the implementation phase.

 

Results

 

SADA Systems leveraged Microsoft’s robust cloud services solution, and our experience implementing cloud solutions to deliver a seamless transition from BCG’s Exchange system to their new, highly available, geo-redundant Exchange Online platform. The flexible nature of this subscription-based service accommodates the highest needs for on-demand scalability with respect to price and number of users. After the implementation of cloud-based solutions for messaging, BCG was able to realize a 65% net reduction in costs related to their messaging system over a 3-year period.

 

“First, let me thank you and Mike for really excellent work. And for your support and patience throughout the day. The migration and set-up activity was seamless and the instructions you provided were exemplary. I would wholeheartedly, and without hesitation, provide a reference/case study/whitepaper for the work SADA accomplished in this effort.”

 

– Gordon Levy

 

VP Finance & Administration

 

Baseline Consulting Group

 

 

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