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Ensono Recognized by Guardian® as Rookie Supplier of the Year in its Second Annual IT&SS Supplier Summit

Ensono was selected by Guardian Life, one of the nation’s largest mutual life insurers and a leading provider of employee benefits, to direct the organization’s transition to remote mainframe management.

As a key part of their overall datacenter and workplace strategy, Guardian Life needed a partner to supply cost-effective solutions while providing robust IT management capabilities. Through Ensono’s remote management solution, Guardian Life is able to retain ownership while still receiving technical and operational support from Ensono’s mainframe staff, allowing Guardian the flexibility needed during this transitional time.

“We could not have chosen a better partner for this transition as the initiative to migrate was extremely complex and involved hundreds of mission-critical applications,” said Pete Atwater, vice president of enterprise quality assurance and application support at Guardian Life. “Our teams worked with Ensono to complete the transition with minimal disruption, meet our goals for reducing our datacenter footprint and costs, and improve our levels of automation and stability.”

A two-step migration process was developed in order to undertake the complex transition. Phase one included implementing Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) to support Guardian Life’s current environment and initiating the transition to a fully managed solution. In the second phase, Ensono worked with Guardian to establish a fully managed solution at their data center, and deploy new equipment and tools.

Immediately following the migration, Guardian Life experienced infrastructure and operational stability, as well as increased performance for their critical batch processing. Due to the success of the transition, Guardian Life named Ensono “Rookie Supplier of the year,” at its Second Annual IT&SS Supplier Summit. This award, which was one of four supplier excellence awards given at the summit, was based on Ensono’s completion of the most complex migration in the organization’s history in under four months with high impact results. Guardian’s Vendor Management Program provides transparency to Guardian’s strategic priorities and objectives through structured governance, yielding greater collaboration, innovative solutions and improved performance.

“Working with Guardian was a natural fit because we share the same core values and dedication to our clients and employees at Ensono, ” said Richard Dresden, SVP of sales and field operations at Ensono. “Our recognition through the “Rookie Vendor of the Year” award is a great honor, and we look forward to working with Guardian as it continues its digital transformation journey.”

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About Ensono

For business leaders managing lots of complexity or disrupting the status quo, Ensono delivers complete Hybrid IT services and governance, from cloud to mainframe, tailored to each client’s journey. Whether you’re leveraging the power of the cloud or modernizing legacy technologies, you’ll be on track to operate for today and optimize for tomorrow. Named a Top 15 Sourcing Service Provider by ISG, some of the world’s most successful companies rely on us to help them be great at what they do. Ensono has over 1,000 associates across North America and Europe and is ranked 21st in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our offices are headquartered in greater Chicago.

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