The East of England Collaborative Procurement Hub supports NHS Trust in the East of England with a wide range of procurement services.
Changes to the NHS structure meant their previous setup was costly to manage, with updates and management of bespoke software in the hands of their provider. This left EOECPH with diminished control. Additionally, large amounts of data were stored on a shared server hard drive, and the system was cumbersome to manage.
With limited IT resources, EOECPH needed a solution which made adding and managing users and security policies simple.
Core transformed EOECPH’s IT infrastructure, saving them considerable amounts per year whilst enabling scalability, easy management, consistent user experience and the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively, regardless of location. Data is securely backed up in the cloud and the organisation is covered in case of disaster.
The solution is built on Microsoft Office 365, Windows Azure and Core’s Aurora Managed Service offering. This combines the ‘anywhere anytime’ email, communications and collaboration features of Office 365, with the benefits of Active Directory, single sign-on and roaming user profiles, without the need to invest in or manage the on-premises infrastructure normally required.
Aurora’s identity management system allows consistent enforcement of corporate standards and security policies from an intuitive web interface.
Users can be moved rapidly into groups with a specific policy where needed. Managing login credentials doesn’t pose a challenge, because usernames and passwords are synchronised between local systems and those in the cloud.
The new IT Infrastructure is helping EOECPH to achieve heavy administrative tasks quickly and effectively. The new system also allows all data to be accessible from anywhere, while being securely stored in the cloud. EOECPH can now provide cost-effective service to the NHS which helps them save money.