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Arco migrates entire on-premise SAP estate to Azure to keep pace with evolving retail sector

The client

Arco is the UK and Ireland’s leading safety company with a core purpose of keeping people safe at work. It distributes a world-class range of over 170,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products, including personal protective equipment, workwear, safety footwear, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products.

The obstacles faced

Arco decided to migrate its entire on-premise SAP estate to Microsoft Azure and close its own data centers, opening up exciting cloud computing opportunities to create a fully digitally integrated business. This move would enable Arco to develop new generation applications that would help the company keep pace in the evolving retail space.

“We were impressed with Ensono’s all-round capabilities, meticulous planning and attention to detail. Every aspect was scrutinized and assessed for potential risks, informing a program to cater for every possible eventuality. Over time, Ensono built our trust and confidence that we were in safe hands.”

Richard Martin
Digital Director, Arco

The journey

Ensono built a comprehensive strategy to migrate Arco to SAP on Azure, and a cloud adoption framework tailored to Arco’s needs. Ensono’s cloud migration plan included Azure’s public cloud services as the backbone of Arco’s future IT estate, as well as training for Arco employees on Azure, through Microsoft’s continued support of its partners.

As part of the solution, Ensono leveraged its close partnership with Dell Technologies to offer the latest mainframe storage and backup technology and collaborate as one team to formulate a seamless migration strategy with minimal downtime and zero impact on the performance of the production systems.

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The outcomes achieved

Arco’s transformation is underway. The company will be able to seamlessly scale systems on demand, enjoy simplified backup and restore procedures, and benefit from a cost-effective disaster recovery solution.

“Our office move is one of the most important events in our long history, it’s pivotal for our future success and we had to get this right.”

Richard Martin
Digital Director, Arco

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