Data Center Consolidation and Site Mitigation

A client in the pharmaceutical field had acquired business unit from another pharmaceutical located in Europe and Japan.  After several starts with multiple consulting firms they selected IT technical consultant, PM Kinetics.  This began the successful integration. Program consisted of two primary workstreams: Data Center Consolidation and Business Unit Site Consolidation.

Program Management – Technology Management Consulting

  • Complete contracts for external IT service partners (Cognizant, Curvature, NSC, Dimension Data, Microsoft / PLA), and local staff in the countries.
  • Develop comprehensive communication plan describing high-level steps to be taken to integrate each office.
  • We recommended a simplified method to track activities and dashboards to show success and timing. This addressed information flow between two companies involved in making the project a success, without cumbersome tools getting in the way.
  • Expanded communication using Skype, presentations, workshops, one-on-one meetings, and simplified Use Cases. This laid the groundwork of keeping stakeholders informed.
  • Lastly, we traveled to Europe for on-site migrations and worked through the issues with local staff and corporate staffs between the two companies. This allowed for rapid problem solving and refined the templates to migrate applications and sites and staff.

Data Center Consolidation

Our IT technical consultant transitioned 700+ applications by building both physical (retail colo) and VMware vCloud Air (IaaS) in Germany for their cloud migration. The application portfolio was dispersed across EMEA, APAC, and North America.  Additional work consisted of a data transfer network, data migration for Lotus Notes and file shares.

Business Unit Site Consolidation

Network provisioning, device re-image to new corporate standard, local app and file server transition, and email migrations to Office 365.  The team initially completed migrations for:

  • 15 countries in Europe
  • 600 staff
  • 950 devices
  • 11 servers

Successful Path Forward

Both of these early success workstreams established the repeatable method and set of planning activities that allowed the company to complete Europe migrations in 2016 and Japan in early 2017 on their own.

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