System Migration

We help design, plan and execute migrations of your critical applications and data.


Digital transformation has led every organisation to evaluate their infrastructure, systems, software and use of data. The shift to cloud environments is moving so quickly that even for those who have never previously considered a cloud solution, it’s a key consideration when evaluating their IT strategy over the short, medium or long term.

Naturally, any type of system migration poses a huge risk. As organisations are now more reliant on their technology for day-to-day operation, major changes or movement of current systems are often avoided by internal and external teams until “needs must”.

  • A system moves to end-of-life (EOL) state
  • An organisation needs more from its systems and data
  • Commercial advantages – with the need to deliver savings and improvements, migrations to newer, cheaper technologies are required
  • A system presents a major error or disaster, forcing the need to migrate

We often combine a range of our services to implement seamless migration projects. These include:

  • Lifecycle – for physical device rebuilds or reconfigurations
  • Procurement – to ensure all required hardware and software is in place for the project
  • Projects and relocation teams – to co-ordinate the project and handle any physical or relocation requirements

Examples of Migration

It’s not unusual for internal teams to shy away from ownership of high risk projects, which is where our highly experienced team can help.

For any project, whatever the size, we create a key working group comprising key personnel from our internal teams, key stakeholders from the customer company and other third-parties where relevant. This helps with communication, strategy alignment and clearly defines roles & responsibilities from the outset.

We adopt a basic key three stage approach to delivery, which is adapted to suit the size and scale of the project/migration but inevitably follows the same principles:

  1. Plan

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

Planning is the key to success – we ensure all personnel within the working group are aligned, clearly defining roles & responsibilities.

For every project, we share a live plan via Quip for complete visibility into actions and progress, creating a central, shared overview of the project for all involved.

Building in failover, redundancy and backup plans is also essential for critical projects.

2. Execute

Delivering on the plan.

It’s easy to create the ideal plan, but ensuring this is adhered to and delivered on is imperative. Conducting regular evaluations, meetings and consultations with all stakeholders helps to achieve this.

Ensuring input from multiple parties – including technical, projects and account management teams helps us utilise our experience and expertise from all different verticals and previous projects to ensure success.

3. Train and develop

User adoption is key to success.

Clients often allocate large budgets or resources to complete their major infrastructure or migration projects – but less consideration is given to the end-users, who ultimately will be using the system in their day-to-day roles.

As an option, we can deploy training and floor-walking resources, either internally or via our group company Firefly Resources.

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Hopwells

Hopwells is a frozen food wholesaler servicing all spheres of the food service market, with 6 depots across the UK.

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