Green Giant Consulting Ltd
"Marcrist International is a company based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, that manufacture and supply Diamond Tools, Bonded Abrasives, Surface Preparation equipment and problem-solving equipment for a wide range of applications in a variety of industrial sectors.
Marcrist had three physical on-premise Windows servers, two were based the UK and one in our German office. They were all over 8 years old so technically ‘out of life’ in terms of current technology. The servers were running Windows Server 2003 which was no longer supported by Microsoft with security updates or fixes, therefore increasing our risk of data breaches and failure. The servers in the UK ran our business-critical applications including our ERP system.
As this was an increasing risk we felt the best solution would be to migrate and consolidate all physical on-premises servers into a single managed cloud-based solution serving both the UK and German offices.
We engaged Green Giant Consulting to come in, listen to our challenges, and help us in in sourcing the right supplier and end solution. They clearly defined our requirements and looked around the market to find us the best solution and put forward their recommendation.
Green Giant worked with the chosen supplier to build the solution and liaised with our 3rd party suppliers and me to get the new server up and running. We had a few challenges along the way but Green Giant approached them calmly and managed then to a successful conclusion.
We are now realising great benefits to the business. Not only does it bring the aging servers up-to-date, it meant that I can reduce the time and effort of managing on-premises servers and consolidate all company data into a single, secure environment.
Engaging Green Giant Consulting was key in getting us to a much better position and provided the foundation for further improvements."
Simon Johnson – IT Manager
"I was tasked by the management board to produce an IT roadmap that would help support the group growth plan of more than doubling the turnover by 2020.
As this was an area I felt I needed some help and advice on I engaged Green Giant Consulting who were local to both our offices in Southwell and Nottingham.
Green Giant Consulting came in and quickly got to understand where we were in our IT maturity and worked with me to put together a roadmap of projects that will allow the group to not only get us up to date with technology but also make it easy to support the plans for future growth. The roadmap was broken down into several key areas showing the dependencies, high-level costings and mitigation against key risks. This work was completed in only a two-week timeline!
Green Giant also helped me put the information together in a presentation so I was then able to present the IT roadmap to the management board. The feedback I received was very positive and they were fully supportive of the plan and costs so I can now go ahead and deliver the roadmap.
I don’t believe I would I have got to this position as quickly as I did without the help of Green Giant Consulting."
Ashley Reast - IT Manager Advanex Europe
“At Aerocom UK Ltd we provide pneumatic air tube systems across the UK with a large proportion of our customers being hospitals. We recently won a large contract for a new installation in a hospital in Leeds and as part of the agreement, the only way we could support them remotely was to access our dedicated PC via the NHS N3 connection.
As we normally would use a dial-in connection for the support we didn’t know what we needed to do to get the N3 connectivity or who can provide this. Also since the NHS ransomware incident earlier in 2017, several of our current customers were now saying that we need to connect via N3 so as a business we needed to act.
Following a recommendation by our managed IT Company, Green Giant came in and listened to the challenges we were facing and took them away from us and managed it on our behalf.
Green Giant went away and spoke with all the companies who can provide the N3 connection for us and then made recommendations based on a number of factors including costs and time to implement.
Once the right vendor was selected Green Giant managed them to ensure we had everything in place to allow us to apply for the N3 connection. This included creating several bespoke policies and processes to formalise how we needed to manage IT and Data security. Some changes were needed to our IT so Green Giant worked with our IT provider to ensure they were made in the tight timelines.
The whole process took a few weeks with several challenges along the way but Green Giant overcame them in a calm and pragmatic way to get us into the position where we had everything in place and we got the connectivity we needed”
Robert Beardsley - General Manager
"I knew that I was too busy, and wanted to grow my business, but didn’t know where to start. Peter helped me to stand back and look at my business processes and decide on what type of support I needed. I would never have given myself time to do this on my own. He then supported me and my new VA to work effectively together and suggested appropriate technology to assist us. He listened to my concerns and was very patient.
I couldn’t have got to this point without him – thank you."
Amanda Harris - ALH Legal Will Writers
"You don't meet enough business leaders like Peter, unfortunately!
He is calm, pragmatic, hugely experienced and a clear communicator. His advanced stakeholder management skills mean that change is achieved with minimal fuss. He is a natural leader, mentoring his teams and leading from the front.
Peter is able to switch easily from strategic thinking to operational delivery.
I cannot speak highly enough of the contribution Peter made during our time working together."
Gary Long - IT DIrector Healthcare at Home
"I worked with Peter at Green Giant Consulting and during this time he has been the consummate professional. His expertise in Practical Project, Programme and Portfolio Management is second to none.
Peter’s has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience within many commercial sectors and can, therefore, help you with any aspect of Change Management from small queries to full Project, Programme and Portfolio Management.
If you need assistance Peter is your man!"
Russ Hadfield - Projects Director Repton Projects