IT solutions consultancy Ramsac has signed a contract to manage all the IT functions for Accountants Shipleys LLP.
Shipleys LLP has 150 principals and staff, helping a wide variety of individual and corporate clients in professional practices, commerce, industry, agricultural businesses, the arts, film and entertainment, and the non-profit sector.
Guy Fisher, IT principal at Shipleys, explains, “Our practice philosophy is to ensure that our staff are supported by IT resources and procedures that are amongst the best in our field. So, we brought in ramsac to audit our existing IT systems and help us develop our strategy for the future.”
Shipleys has deployed a Citrix solution to enable information sharing across the three offices, complemented by a disaster recovery failover to a backup server farm in Godalming, Surrey for the whole firm.
Shipleys has now contracted ramsac to provide a range of outsourced services and to advise on all strategic IT plans. Robert May, Managing Director at ramsac comments, “We attend a bi-monthly strategic meeting to assist in the development of longer term technical plans, as well as providing the services of one of our Senior Network Consultants to work alongside the internal IT team at Shipleys, giving them broader outside knowledge, skills and expertise.”
Current projects at Shipleys include an upgrade to the disaster recovery set-up with new hardware and double take technology, a migration to Exchange 2007 with failover and replication between sites, as well as a planned upgrade to the latest version of Citrix Presentation Server across its existing Citrix Farm.
Concluded Fisher, “We have been very impressed with ramsac’s work and have full confidence in their IT skills. They are also helping us with internal IT policies and IT related HR. They provide an outside view on our IT progress and strategy, ensuring that we stay competitive, efficient and at the forefront of our sector.”