About Look Ahead

Look Ahead is a leading provider of specialist care, support and housing services across London and the South-East. It supports over 7,000 people with a wide range of needs across mental health, homelessness, learning disabilities and other complex needs.

The Challenge

Look Ahead recognized it had been operating on a legacy IT model with costly servers and applications and unreliable and disparate systems. Staff felt glued to their desktops and unable to benefit from complex and archaic IT architecture.

Staff in discussion

The Solution

Look Ahead worked with Wanstor to scope a strategy for redeveloping and consolidating its entire IT architecture, moving into the cloud and deploying M365.

"Our original path would have ended up requiring a huge investment, so I trusted Wanstor’s recommendations to move into their data centres and Azure instead."

John Tilsley

IT Director

Outcomes

  • Moved on-premise Exchange service into M365
  • Consolidated servers and moved into Wanstor’s private cloud
  • Retired legacy hardware delivering cost savings
  • Data and documents now stored in the cloud and accessed via SharePoint
  • Microsoft 365 deployed on an affordable not-for-profit license
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