Olive Group is a group of companies providing security consultancy and solutions to customers operating on a global basis with the majority of its workforce spread acorss the middle east, Africa and the UK. With such a disparate workforce operating in a number of very challenging locations, it was critical that Olive Group could ensure security and ﬂexibility while implementing a cost eﬀective solution.
Each of the 4 companies within the group had very diﬀerent demands on IT and very diﬀerent levels of policy, security and ﬂexbility required around where applications where held, where data was stored and how diﬀerent, very disperate teams interacted with the various elements of the IT system. Olive Group also wanted a capability where new services and users could be deployed to the various operating locations very quickly.
Olive Group’s requirements were far from simple. The group itself comprises four separate organisations, each operating from a single on premise Active Directory domain. They wanted each company to have its own cloud based IT that delivered everything the businesses needed – each with its own active directory domain. First up, Extrinsica were tasked with deﬁning the cloud strategy roadmap for the Group that would lead to the business outcome deﬁned by the Executive Team.
The solution involved building new separate virtual private cloud platforms for each of the companies on the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure for active directory domains, SharePoint back-ups and other line of business applications and then federating the Microsoft Azure platforms with the Oﬃce 365 implementations the businesses had already procured for email and business productivity apps. On top of this, Extrinsica Global also created an application cloud platform on their own Cloud OS-accredited EV3™ cloud infrastructure to deliver Dynamics AX to users across several of the businesses. The new hybrid solution eﬀectively integrated every element of the new and old, on premise and cloud-based systems into one cohesive whole.