The Henry Moore Foundation (HMF) (www.henry-moore-fdn.co.uk)
Martin Davis – Information Manager at HMF.
The Henry Moore Foundation is a registered charity, set up and generously endowed by Mr Moore in 1977, to advance the education of the public by the promotion of their appreciation of the fine arts, and in particular, the works of Henry Moore. The foundation operates both from Perry Green in Hertfordshire and the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.
The Henry Moore Foundation had approximately 25 computer users based in Perry Green, and a further 25 users based in central Leeds, split across two Domains which included older NT4 operating systems in Perry Green.
The Henry Moore Foundation commissioned 10-100 to provide ongoing IT Services and advice to the charity, including outsourcing the management of key infrastructure and day-to-day support/maintenance. It was identified that a key component would be upgrade the core infrastructure at the foundation in order to improve connectivity between their two sites, upgrade the ageing NT4 domain, and introduce a consolidated Windows Active Directory and Exchange 2003 Server setup.
10-100 were asked to make recommendations to improve the performance of the Henry Moore Foundation network, in particular that of key applications running between the two sites. Following a detailed assessment of the network and discussions with HMF management, 10-100 first commissioned a new network design leveraging secure VPN technology, projected to improve communication whist simultaneously reducing annual costs to the charity.
10-100 also designed, configured and installed new communication infrastructure, new Windows 2003 servers, migrated key services and file structures, whilst ensuring minimal disruption to users. Within this process, active directory replication between the Perry Green and Leeds Servers was established over the VPN, and data safely migrated to the new platform. The result was a consolidated and more robust network with greater performance, functionality and stability.
“At every stage 10-100 performed excellently. The project was delivered on time and on budget, and their project team were totally professional and highly capable – no matter what we threw at them! 10-100 really took time to understand our needs, and communicated with us at all stages of the project, meaning that we were able to carry on with business as usual. I would not hesitate in recommending 10-100 to anyone who is looking for a safe pair of hands.”