Page ContentComplete control of a growing IT environment with reduced budgets, time and headcountHarnessing the power of Microsoft Office 365, Active Directory and System Center, Poundland have been able to scale their IT, reducing administration time and increasing responsiveness. Poundland are the UK’s leading value discount retailer with over 500 stores in the UK and Ireland selling over 3000 products for just a £1 each. Rapid expansion has seen the company open stores in the Republic of Ireland and Spain. Core were able to offer us a one-stop-shop and they were willing to be flexible to our needs, listening to what we wanted and helping us out when needed. The project was so smooth and efficient we have project work days left over’ explains Matthew Sparks, Head of IT. Current systems were based on Windows XP which was being retired by Microsoft in 2014 With a heavy reliance on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and embedded macros they needed a system that would allow these business processes to remain with centralised control and management. Core transformed Poundland’s entire infrastructure moving from an outdated on premise system to a complete cloud based Microsoft solution which offers scalability and overall control of all IT systems whether in the UK or around the world. The new solution has reduced the reliance on archaic systems and offered true agile working without burdening the IT department.The solution is built on Microsoft Office 365, Active Directory and Microsoft System Center to allow them to scale their IT to the growing needs of the business. Office 365 replaced a lotus notes system, while Active Directory and System Center have transformed the running and management of the infrastructure. The new system has revolutionised Poundland’s use of ITIt allows the small team in the UK to provision services remotely, quickly deploying application to all areas of the business. Employees can download new software and updates using a secure VPN network making them more agile to the ever changing needs of the business.Core were the only company to display knowledge and skills in all our requirements – leaving behind Novell and Lotus Notes in favour of Office 365, Active Directory and System Center. Bringing in specialists for the different technologies as and when required with no major incidents or loss of service. I am really pleased with the new system, it has reduced the reliance on IT and reduced our workload which is allowing the team to focus more on internal IT projects that we may have had to outsource in the past.