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Standard Life Transforms IT Management to Improve Market Responsiveness and Efficiency

The Client

Standard Life is a life savings company and a part of Standard Life Aberdeen plc.  They offer life savings products, like pensions and ISAs, along with the support and guidance needed to help make good financial choices for the future.  Founded in 1825 in Edinburgh, Standard Life now manages over £49 billion of assets for over 4.5 million customers in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria.

The Challenge

Standard Life had accumulated a broad mix of technologies—different email systems, directory services, operating systems, IT management tools, and more—that ultimately impaired the company’s ability to work as a single global enterprise.

The Solution

Upgraded technology roadmap: 

  • Commercial framework to include Microsoft software and services
  • Standardize System Center 2012 as company-wide system management 

The Benefits

  • Reduced IT capital costs by six figures annually
  • Faster response times to global markets
  • Ability to manage workload with 20% fewer staff


“We felt that Microsoft had a stronger data center and cloud story than other vendors, and its offerings better fit our needs.” - Walter Hackland, Delivery Manager in Datacenter Services

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Ensono collaborates with clients to deliver progressive IT solutions to help them operate their infrastructure for today and optimize it for tomorrow. We specialize in supporting mission-critical workloads for the world's most successful companies. Ensono works across all platforms – mainframe to cloud, and everything in between.