Phone : +1 (800) 980-1130 | Email : info@hensongroup.com   |  | 
Category Archives: Case Study

About the Client
Based in Irvine, CA, ADC Technologies is an innovative provider of supply chain execution solutions to the mid-market using automated data collection technologies.

Business Situation
Technology is an important part of ADC Technologies operation and has been integrated into nearly every aspect of the business. The client began experiencing problems with connectivity and network downtime that its previous service provider could not solve. In addition, the technology needs of the company had increased substantially over the past few years, increasing the need for IT capacity and data storage. ADC Technologies sought a solution that would address its need for high availability and increased bandwidth.

ADC Technologies had IT infrastructure that was based on Microsoft technology, so the client asked Microsoft to recommend a cloud based solution that was based on Microsoft Azure technology. Microsoft Azure is a group of cloud services that help companies work faster, accomplish more, and save money.

To accomplish this task, Microsoft engaged the services of Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with extensive experience in solving the IT challenges of organizations like ADC Technologies.

Solution
ADC Technologies worked closely with The Henson Group to determine the best solution to these problems. After careful review, a decision was made to move the ADC Technologies infrastructure to Azure. This process would include:

  • Creating several virtual networks
  • Creating serval PaaS Azure SQL Databases
  • Creating multiple Web Servers in multiple Geos
  • Migrating a dozen Web Apps from on premise to Azure
  • Migrating databases from on premise SQL to Azure SQL

Objectives
The goals of this project were to provide ADC Technologies with an IT infrastructure that was would save money while increasing security and stability. To accomplish these aims, The Henson Group recommended the client move to an Azure solution.

Results & Benefits
The Henson Group designed, implemented, and migrated ADC Technologies current software to Microsoft’s Azure “cloud” services environment saving ADC $30,000 per year in TCO. The migration of the client’s software included moving the applications from the client’s old server to multiple Azure VMs, installation of the existing software, software upgrades, troubleshooting, general configuration, and support.

The Henson Group preserved the client’s internal domain and VPN connectivity, but provided secure (https) access to all applications.

Each Azure VM was sized to meet the specific application running on it. This was done with only minimal changes to the applications.

The project was completed with two months.

Benefits
Today, ADC Technologies is experiencing much better infrastructure performance with the Azure cloud solution. The client does not have to support or maintain hardware anymore as the modern hardware is maintained by Microsoft and kept up to date. The solution allows the VMs to grow as the business grows.

Thanks to the migration into Azure a much higher level of securing the servers and data of the company was achieved. Meanwhile, ADC Technologies now has its IT infrastructure accessible at 99.9 % without any investments into hardware.

In terms of cost efficiencies, the client shed its cumbersome managed services contract in favor of Azure’s pay-as-you-go services that it can now more efficiently and quickly scale up or down to match the growth demand for its business. Per-minute billing and a commitment to match competitor prices for popular infrastructure services like computers, storage and bandwidth mean ADC Technologies will consistently achieves cost-effective expense management of its infrastructure.

Server administration for the client was significantly simplified and became more effective. Only servers, which are necessary, are used, and that only in the time when it is necessary. Developers can install servers according to their need and requirements of their work.

Significant benefit of Microsoft Azure lies in the possibility of scaling operation. The solution enables flexible increase in IT server capacities. The original hardware limitations thus no longer exist. Improvements include:

  • Improved agility
  • Increased elasticity
  • Improved quality
  • Redundancy and resiliency
  • Risk reduction
  • Greater efficiency
  • $30,000/year cost savings

Products

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Azure SQL Database
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  • Windows Azure Pack for System Center

To request a free consultation to learn how your organization can realize similar benefits and gains with Microsoft Azure deployment services provided by preferred Microsoft Gold Partner The Henson Group, please email Info@HensonGroup.com or call +1-800-980-1130.

About the Client
Smartsoft is a leading provider of workflow management software.  Smartsoft has helped top American businesses improve returns on investment, decrease costs, and increase efficiency in operations.  Since its founding in 1997, Smartsoft has grown to become a full service company for its SAP clients.

Business Situation
Given Smartsoft’s continued growth, it needed a more resilient and elastic environment and decided to switch from on premise infrastructure to Azure.  Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—for moving faster, achieving more, and saving money. Smartsoft enlisted the assistance of Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with extensive experience in solving the IT challenges of companies like Smartsoft.

Solution
Henson Group team moved the customer from on premise infrastructure to Azure. The customer had issues with their on-premise Infrastructure and wanted to be moved to a more resilient and elastic environment. Henson Group worked with the client to complete the migration of their servers which included applications and SQL servers. The high-level deliverables included:

  • Build a new Windows 2012 R2 server
  • Add server to Active Directory and configure access
  • Install SQL Express 2008 R2 on new server
  • Move data from existing MS061 server to Azure server (~120 GB)
  • Move 2 SQL express 2008 R2 databases to new server
  • Move 4-5 IIS Application to new server
  • Support testing on server and applications
  • Final migration of SQL databases on go-live

Objectives
The primary objectives of this project were to increase the resiliency and elasticity of Smartsoft environment to prepare for future growth while maintaining low costs.

Henson Group was also tasked with improving the quality and efficiency of the system, while reducing risk.  Upgrades were to be made with minimal disruption to the work at Smartsoft.

In addition, Smartsoft wanted to gain practical experience during the transition to Microsoft Azure.

Results and Benefits
The Henson Group oversaw the development, implementation, and transition for Smartsoft from on premise to Azure.  The transition included building a new Windows 2012 R2 server, upgrading software and data management systems, and moving pre-existing data to new server. The project included support testing on the servers and applications.

Benefits
Due to its transition to Azure, Smartsoft reduced it’s administration by 39%.  With this solution, the hardware is maintained by Microsoft, so the client saved 24% on hardware cost maintenance.  Smartsoft realized a ROI within 6 months of the migration.

Elasticity was another benefit Smartsoft received after its transition to Azure.  Because of the migration to Azure, the client is able to install and use servers according to their need.

With the implementation of the Azure solution, quality has greatly improved.  Smartsoft is now experiencing 99.99% reliability with the Azure cloud solution.

Risk reduction was improved, as the transition to Azure led to a higher rate of server and data security.  This security improvement also increased its access to its IT infrastructure.

Products

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Windows Server 2012
  • SQL 2008 R2
  • IIS 7.0
  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
  • Microsoft System Center 2012

To request a free consultation to learn how your organization can realize similar benefits and gains with Microsoft Azure deployment services provided by preferred Microsoft Gold Partner Henson Group, please email Info@HensonGroup.com.

About the Client
MCAT has built business partnerships aimed at an organized statewide solution for administering industry-standard utilities for use with CAMA software. Those include Marshall and Swift, Apex Sketch, SPSS, NCSS, and ESRI-based GIS solutions. Some utilities are in-development, but all should be made available within the organization’s official CAMA solution, PUMA. In some cases, these solutions may be made available as separate components to existing CAMA systems.

Business Situation
To aide in its mission to provide the best available information at the best possible price, MCAT enlisted the help of Microsoft in developing a cloud based solution, based on Microsoft Azure technology.  Microsoft Azure is an expanding group of cloud based services that allow companies to work more efficiently while saving money.

To implement this project, Microsoft chose Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with extensive experience assisting companies configure Azure and other cloud services.

Solution
Henson Group worked with MCAT to develop a virtual network strategy with respect to existing and future servers.  In addition, Henson Group trained the client on Azure PowerShell and related concepts.  The solution entailed ExpressRoute, virtual networks, static VPNs, several VMs and PaaS services, redis cache, and blob storage.

Objectives
The priorities for this project were
• Upgrading MCAT’s IT infrastructure to increase its security and stability.
• To create an environment that would respond quickly and efficiently to future business growth.
• Lower existing IT costs.
• Complete knowledge transfer and documentation.

Results and Benefits
Henson Group worked closely with MCAT to develop a plan to migrate and update its system to the newest version of Microsoft Azure.  During the transition, Henson Group worked to transfer knowledge and practical skills to the client.  This transfer ensures MCAT is able to optimize the performance of its Microsoft Azure system.

As part of the project, three servers were upgraded and the client is now using a more stable and secure IT environment.  With the transition complete, MCAT is now using a system that can grow with the company.

MCAT is now experiencing an increase in infrastructure performance thanks to the upgrades Henson Group enacted.  With Microsoft Azure, servers are only used when they are needed.

The migration to the Azure increased the security level of MCAT’s servers, applications, and infrastructure.

MCAT also increased cost savings by 20% as they only pay for the services and servers they need.
However, the client is able to increase their use of servers and applications as the business grows with speed and efficiency.  With per-minute billing and a price-match guarantee, MCAT is able to easily manage the costs associated with maintaining and operating its IT environment.

Products

• Microsoft Azure
• Windows Server 2012
• ExpressRoute
• Redis Cache
• Blob Storage
• Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
• Microsoft System Center 2012

To request a free consultation to learn how your organization can realize similar benefits and gains with Microsoft Azure deployment services provided by preferred Microsoft Gold Partner Henson Group, please email Info@HensonGroup.com.

Business Situation

Himformatics helps companies meet healthcare needs that are  onstantly evolving. Himformatics takes an individualized approach to each of its clients and works closely with them to ensure their needs are being met. The organization strives to ensure its approach to developing client solutions are bold, honest, and proven.

As Himformatics continues to grow, a primary concern is the security of the information it works with. Because healthcare records and information requires a high level of confidentiality, Himformatics reached out to Microsoft, seeking a system security upgrade.

Microsoft enlisted the help of Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with extensive experience helping companies deploy Azure and other cloud solutions meet their IT security needs.

 

Solution

The Henson Group worked closely with Himformatics to determine their IT system security needs. After close consultation, it was determined that security and auditing should be the primary focus of the project.

  • Setup all auditing services for Azure SQL database
  • Setup all auditing services for Azure VM
  • Setup Azure portal alerts for Azure SQL database
  • Setup Azure portal alerts for Azure VM
  • Setup auditing services for Virtual Network
  • Setup auditing services for ADF
  • Setup Azure portal alerts for ADF
  • Setup OMS account and attached data sources
  • Setup reports and alert from OMS
  • Data flow diagrams with description
  • Document with Azure implementation screenshots
  • Meetings & research

 

Objectives

Given the sensitive nature of the information Himformatics deals and the hide need to ensure its security, increasing the security of the system was one of the priorities for this project. In addition, The Henson Group included auditing and alerting as part of the solution for Himformatics.

 

Results & Benefits

The Henson Group was able to increase the security of Himformatics IT environment and increase the auditing capabilities of the system manager. This allowed them to thwart hundreds of threats and get real-time monitoring for their Azure services.

 

Benefits

With the project complete, the client is experiencing increased infrastructure performance thanks to the Azure Cloud Solution. With the Azure solution, the client is only using the servers it needs at that moment.

Thanks to the increased security measures in place, Himformatics is assured that the sensitive information it deals with has the highest level of protection possible.

In addition, the increased auditing and alerting capabilities The Henson Group provided ensure that any problems are detected quickly and can be dealt with effectively.

 

Products

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft OMS
  • Windows Server 2012

 

Products

To request a free consultation to learn how your organization can realize similar benefits and gains with Microsoft Azure deployment services provided by preferred Microsoft Gold Partner Henson Group, please email Info@HensonGroup.com.

Based in New York City, Backlash Solutions™ provides solutions designed to meet the needs of today’s independent music community, delivering business and technology services to more than two hundred internationally recognized independent record label brands, distributors, publishers and PR firms. This includes end-to-end business solutions marketed as affordable, secure, reliable, and always available; the type of services that until now have either been unavailable or financially out of reach for small music companies.

Essentially, Backlash Solutions has positioned itself to provide the critical tool necessary to enable today’s music companies to merge the traditional business models that the music industry was built on with the new and evolving business models of the digital age.

As such, Backlash Solutions must ensure its technology environment is state-or-the-art, enabling it to deliver the level of service flexibility and high availability that are the inherent hallmarks of its business model.

With its IT infrastructure built primarily on Microsoft and related technologies, Backlash Solutions approached Microsoft to migrate its environment to a cloud-based platform, based on Microsoft Azure technology.

Microsoft enlisted the assistance of The Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with a proven track record achieving the technology objectives or professional services and IT type businesses, such as Backlash Solutions.

Solution

Microsoft Azure is an open, flexible, enterprise-grade cloud computing platform.

From small dev-test projects to global product launches, Azure is engineered to handle any workload. More than 57 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on Azure, which offers enterprise grade SLAs on services, 24/7 tech support, and round-the-clock service health monitoring.

Specifically, Backlash Solutions sought to migrate a disparate environment comprised of two separate data centers, one located in the United States, while the other was located in the United Kingdom. Adding to the complexity of the migration was the fact that the existing environment was supported by two separate hosting providers, namely Rackspace and Hostnet.

Henson Group initiated the engagement by assigning a seasoned Azure architect to lead a team of Azure migration specialists. To facilitate a methodical migration, the project commenced with a thoughtful Azure Assessment and Planning phase, where the Henson Group team reviewed the existing environment, ultimately proposing Azure settings and providing an extensive array of recommendations based on established best practices. The exhaustive review evaluated elements such as connectivity, performance, disks, availability, monitoring, Virtual Machines, and more.

Henson Group recommended against a simultaneous migration of both environments, instead advocating for a staged migration, initiating the Rackspace-to-Azure migration in United States first, before turning their attention to the migration overseas.

That first migration included Virtual Network configuration and design, storage configuration, cloud service creations, upload of Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs) to Azure storage, provisioning of five Virtual Machines, a load balancer configuration and availability sets configuration for Azure Virtual Machines, and more associated tasks.

With the United States migration nearing completion and critical deliverables for that phase concluded, Henson Group launched the next stage, the United Kingdom migration from Hostnet to Azure. Though many of the deliverables in this stage were obviously similar in nature to the initial migration, and Henson Group’s gained familiarity of Backlash Solution’s technology environment helped expedite the subsequent migration, there were some marked differences.

Major deliverables of this migration featured Virtual Network configuration and design, storage configuration and Cloud service creations, as well as other similar tasks from the first migration, but now also included Storage-to-Storage account migration of Azure Virtual Machines for provisioning, a total of eight for Hostway. Henson Group also had to provision eight Windows Virtual Machines.

Results & Benefits

As a leading technology provider to music industry companies, Backlash Solution has a strong, well-organized internal IT organization with proven leadership that was engaged and informed. This provided an exceptional level of partnership and communication that ultimately aided Henson Group well, as it achieved all of the client’s objectives for this complex migration.

To ensure Backlash Solutions had the post-migration support it needed in place moving forward, Henson Group assigned a resource associated with the migration and therefore knowledgeable of Backlash Solutions’ environment to provide as-needed support and remediation services.

To request a free consultation to learn how your organization can realize similar benefits and gains with Microsoft Azure deployment services provided by preferred Microsoft Gold Partner The Henson Group, please email Info@HensonGroup.com or call +1.800.980.1130.

Based in New York City, automotiveMastermind was founded in 2012 on the idea that there are patterns in people’s behavior, and that the right logic can be used to predict future outcomes. automotiveMastermind’s core dealer team consists of high-volume sales experts and executives with an intimate understanding of the complicated automotive sales process and the unique pain points dealerships and sales teams experience.

Its core technology, automotiveMastermind® is a cutting-edge behavior prediction technology that provides a clear, structured overview of each customer, what he or she is most likely to buy, and why.

automotiveMastermind’s environment is supported by Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed and Microsoft partner hosted datacenters.

automotiveMastermind approached Microsoft to ensure it would leverage the latest Azure-related innovations, approaching Microsoft. Microsoft enlisted The Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with extensive experience in Azure and a long history serving the IT needs of the technology providers.

Today, more and more Microsoft customers seek such guidance on how to make the most of Microsoft Azure.

SOLUTION

automotiveMastermind was interested in exploring implementing a series of optimizations based on best practices related to a shortlist of powerful technologies.

Essentially, automotiveMastermind needed Henson Group to perform a comprehensive review of its existing Infrastructure hosted in Azure and provide analysis and recommendations. The deliverables included crafting Best Practices Recommendations, relative to automotiveMastermind’s environment, for the following:

Application Migration – Azure Virtual Machines to Azure Web Applications:  The comprehensive document highlighted the key aspects required to achieve High Availability for Azure Web Apps, as well as requirement for scaling the environment.

Console Applications: Essentially, best practices for the optimal operation of background jobs being run as a console applications to be converted to Azure Web jobs, including the use of the Azure queue in this scenario.

Failover Strategy Enhancement: Recommendation document for failover strategy for Azure Web Applications and custom domain and https best practices.

Backup Best Practices:  Recommended enhancement to improve strategy for Microsoft SQL Server backups and Virtual Machine backups.

SQL VM to SQL PaaS: Best practice analysis based on a review for SQL server and SQL Azure DB differences that would help in decision making in SQL VM to SQL PaaS movement.

Additional Scope of Recommendations:

• Best performance (IOPS, throughput) for SQL server on Azure VM.
• High availability and DR solution for SQL server on Azure VM/SQL Azure DB (PaaS).
• Architecture recommendations document for scaling SQL server on Azure VM/ SQL Azure DB (PaaS).
• Best practices for basic monitoring for Azure VM’s.
• Security implementation using Azure VNET for Web apps and SQL server on VM/ SQL Azure Db (PaaS)

RESULTS & BENEFITS

Following an extensive review, The Henson Group delivered its recommendations, provided the Knowledge Transfer and documentation necessary to make the analysis actionable for automotiveMastermind to implement the best practices for the optimal performance of its Azure environment.

This documentation and Knowledge Transfer was especially critical to empower automotiveMastermind to go at its own pace, staging the implementation in a manner that ensured it would not disrupt business operations.

To request a free consultation to learn how your organization can realize similar benefits and gains with Microsoft Azure deployment services provided by preferred Microsoft Gold Partner The Henson Group, please email Info@HensonGroup.com or call +1.800.980.1130.

Surgent (formerly known as Surgent McCoy) is a leader in the field of continuing professional education (CPE) for CPAs and other financial professionals. Surgent (www.CPENow.com) provides thousands of CPE webinars, self-study courses, CPE packages, and live seminars annually for accounting, tax preparation, and financial professionals all across the country. For more than 30 years, Surgent has partnered with nearly all state societies of CPAs and hundreds of the nation’s top accounting firms.

Surgent also offers a variety of continuing education and exam preparation courses for non-CPAs, including Enrolled Agents, tax preparers, Certified Financial Planners, and CPA candidates.

With its IT infrastructure built primarily on Microsoft and related technologies, Surgent approached Microsoft to recommend a cloud-based solution, based on Microsoft Azure technology. Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—for moving faster, achieving more, and saving money. Microsoft enlisted the assistance of The Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with extensive experience in solving the IT challenges of modern professional services organizations like Training Consultants.

Surgent’s IT environment is supported by Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing platform and infrastructure. Azure was created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed and Microsoft partner hosted datacenters.

Anticipating an upgrade its existing Azure environment, Surgent recently sought an external, expert review and analysis, including recommendations for how to adopt the latest Microsoft-endorsed best practices and Azure improvements. Moreover, Surgent IT leadership wanted an experienced, certified Azure partner to guide them through Azure best practices with specific emphasis on advanced scenarios.

The company enlisted Microsoft and The Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with extensive experience in Azure and a proven history providing expert-level assessment services to professional services organizations, such as Surgent.

 

Solution

The Henson Group launched Surgent’s assessment by staging a series of comprehensive review sessions, fully engaged with Surgent IT leadership, to capture the existing configurations and complexities of the Azure infrastructure.

Surgent’s deployed its infrastructure on Azure and is using it as hybrid cloud – a cloud computing environment leveraging a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms. Surgent’s objective was two-fold. First, Surgent sought to ensure that the Azure-based hybrid environment had been configured properly and accordingly to the Microsoft Azure’s best practices. Secondly, and equally important, Surgent wanted expert-level advice for adjustments to enhance their already highly flexible and available environment even more robust and reliable.

The Henson Group provided a comprehensive scope of assessment and best practices knowledge transfer, with extensive documentation to enable Surgent to optimize its Azure environment.

Among its various recommendations, Henson Group proposed that Surgent implement adjustments to the Backup and high Availability features of Azure. This also included, among other measures, implementing Azure Backup for Virtual Machines and SQL Servers and setting up the Auto Scale feature for Virtual Machines.

Meanwhile, Henson Group proposed Surgent upgrade its existing SQL Server’s Virtual Machines to adopt the new Azure Premium Storage service in order to increase the performance of databases. Azure Premium Storage delivers high-performance, low-latency disk support for virtual machines running I/O-intensive workloads. Virtual Machine disks that use Premium Storage store data on solid state drives (SSDs). Henson Group recommended Surgent migrate its application’s VM disks to Azure Premium Storage to take advantage of the speed and performance of these disks.

Moreover, Henson Group also assessed the Surgent Azure environment’s security profile, and subsequently proposed Surgent deploy an Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) proxy, to add Access Control Lists (ACL) for the configured endpoints and to set up a network Intrusion defense systems (IDS) and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) system.

 

Results & Benefits

Henson Group provided thorough knowledge transfer, reinforced by comprehensive documentation. And, to ensure the Surgent had the post-migration assessment support it needed to advise on implementing any of the recommendations provided, Henson Group assigned a resource associated with the migration and therefore knowledgeable of Surgent’s environment to provide on-demand guidance.

To request a free consultation to learn how your organization can realize similar benefits and gains with Microsoft Azure deployment services provided by preferred Microsoft Gold Partner The Henson Group, please email Info@HensonGroup.com or call +1.800.980.1130.

Based in Wallingford, CT, Amphenol is one of the largest manufacturers of interconnect products in the world. The Company designs, manufactures and markets electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, coaxial and flat-ribbon cable, and interconnect systems.

The primary end markets for the Company’s products are communications and information processing markets, including cable television, cellular telephone and data communication and information processing systems; aerospace and military electronics; and automotive, rail and other transportation and industrial applications.

To efficiently support its IT environment, Amphenol leverages Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM), a Windows product that enables administrators to manage the deployment and security of devices and applications across the enterprise.

Amphenol recently sought to upgrade its existing environment to SCCM 2012 R2, the latest iteration of the technology. The company enlisted Microsoft and The Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with extensive experience in System Center technology and a long history serving the IT needs of manufacturing organizations.

 

Solution

Microsoft enlisted the assistance of The Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with extensive experience in solving the IT challenges of modern professional services organizations like Amphenol.

The client partnered with Henson Group for a seamless upgrade to SCCM 2012 R2. A Henson Group System Center architect defined the scope of the engagement by mapping out a phased approach that included gathering functional and technical requirements, and after, an extensive engineering and testing phase was implemented.

The main deliverables for the project included:

Review of Amphenol’s SCCM architecture

  • Review current desktop environment (Image Creation/Update, Management Tools, Software Updates, Folder Redirection/Synchronization, User Profiles, Shares, Printers, Group Policies, User location, Collect Hardware refresh cycle, etc.)
  • Review existing tools and processes for PC deployment

Subsequent to the review, Henson Group formulated an extensive array of recommendations for the upgrade and optimal use of SCCM 2012. Henson Group then a series of onsite meetings at the client to review these customized best practices and provide specific training and walkthroughs. These sessions focused on various topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Manage Sites
  • Manage collections
  • Monitor site health
  • Configure software updates
  • Manage site communications
  • Manage boundary groups
  • Manage role-based security
  • Managing clients
  • Deploying clients
  • Deploy and configure SCCM end point protection for AV
  • Manage client agent settings
  • Manage hardware inventory
  • Manage software inventory
  • Manage Operating System Deployment (OSD)
  • Configure the OSD environment
  • Build and capture an image
  • Deploy an image
  • Manage images
  • Deploy Applications and Software Updates
  • Create an application/update
  • Deploy an application/update
  • Monitor application/update deployment
  • Manage the software library and application catalog

 

Results & Benefits

Based on the review, analysis and knowledge transfer provided by Henson Group, Amphenol was able to successfully achieve its vision for an optimal upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

During the requirements gathering and review phases of the engagement, the client’s existing policies and solution for imaging was updated to match a more comprehensive set of requirements. The policy, governance and new systems management capabilities offered an efficient and more predictable deployment and administration capability.

The improved imaging process was more reliable and more supportive of the client’s long-term vision. Henson Group partnered with Amphenol to design a migration plan which minimized disruptions to daily business. Meanwhile, Henson Group supported the IT organization with the expert mentoring and cross-training the client’s IT staff needed. The business successfully met its deployment goals.

 

Products

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012

 

Contacts Us Today!

To request a free consultation to learn how your organization can realize similar benefits and gains with Microsoft System Center deployment services provided by preferred Microsoft Gold Partner The Henson Group, please email Info@HensonGroup.com or call +1.800.980.1130.

Based in New York City, automotiveMastermind was founded in 2012 on the idea that there are patterns in people’s behavior, and that the right logic can be used to predict future outcomes. automotiveMastermind’s core dealer team consists of high-volume sales experts and executives with an intimate understanding of the complicated automotive sales process and the unique pain points dealerships and sales teams experience.

Its core technology, automotiveMastermind® is a cutting-edge behavior prediction technology that provides a clear, structured overview of each customer, what he or she is most likely to buy, and why.

automotiveMastermind’s environment is supported by Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed and Microsoft partner hosted datacenters.

automotiveMastermind approached Microsoft to ensure it would leverage the latest Azure-related innovations, approaching Microsoft. Microsoft enlisted The Henson Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with extensive experience in Azure and a long history serving the IT needs of the technology providers.

Today, more and more Microsoft customers seek such guidance on how to make the most of Microsoft Azure.

Solution

automotiveMastermind was interested in exploring implementing a series of optimizations based on best practices related to a shortlist of powerful technologies.

Essentially, automotiveMastermind needed Henson Group to perform a comprehensive review of its existing Infrastructure hosted in Azure and provide analysis and recommendations. The deliverables included crafting Best Practices Recommendations, relative to automotiveMastermind’s environment, for the following:

Application Migration – Azure Virtual Machines to Azure Web Applications:  The comprehensive document highlighted the key aspects required to achieve High Availability for Azure Web Apps, as well as requirement for scaling the environment.

Console Applications: Essentially, best practices for the optimal operation of background jobs being run as a console applications to be converted to Azure Web jobs, including the use of the Azure queue in this scenario.

Failover Strategy Enhancement: Recommendation document for failover strategy for Azure Web Applications and custom domain and https best practices.

Backup Best Practices:  Recommended enhancement to improve strategy for Microsoft SQL Server backups and Virtual Machine backups.

SQL VM to SQL PaaS: Best practice analysis based on a review for SQL server and SQL Azure DB differences that would help in decision making in SQL VM to SQL PaaS movement.

Additional Scope of Recommendations:

  • Best performance (IOPS, throughput) for SQL server on Azure VM.
  • High availability and DR solution for SQL server on Azure VM/SQL Azure DB (PaaS).
  • Architecture recommendations document for scaling SQL server on Azure VM/ SQL Azure DB (PaaS).
  • Best practices for basic monitoring for Azure VM’s.
  • Security implementation using Azure VNET for Web apps and SQL server on VM/ SQL Azure Db (PaaS)

Results & Benefits

Following an extensive review, The Henson Group delivered its recommendations, provided the Knowledge Transfer and documentation necessary to make the analysis actionable for automotiveMastermind to implement the best practices for the optimal performance of its Azure environment.

This documentation and Knowledge Transfer was especially critical to empower Automotive Mastermind to go at its own pace, staging the implementation in a manner that ensured it would not disrupt business operations.

To request a free consultation to learn how your organization can realize similar benefits and gains with Microsoft Azure deployment services provided by preferred Microsoft Gold Partner The Henson Group, please email Info@HensonGroup.com or call +1.800.980.1130.