The Planning Shop International

March 12th, 2014

Modernising TPSi’s IT infrastructure – Supporting future growth

The Planning Shop International (TPSI) is a leading specialist healthcare market research company. By combining their unique background in consumer marketing and pharmaceutical market research, the London based company has attracted a plethora of high calibre clients and attained global reach.

Industry – Marketing and professional services
Staff: 50

In June 2013, it became apparent that for TPSI to meet their ambitious growth plans they would need to reassess their IT set up. Concerned that their existing supplier was affecting their productivity and performance, TPSI took the proactive decision to evaluate the alternatives. They wanted an IT partner who would implement a stable and secure IT Infrastructure and be sizeable enough to support their ambitious growth plans. After a stringent evaluation process, TPSI selected Netstar as their IT Support partner of choice.

Once appointed, Netstar embarked on a thorough technical audit of TPSI’s IT infrastructure and swiftly took action to modernize their IT set up – future proofing the business and maximising operational efficiencies. Highlights include:

  • Disaster Recovery: Replaced failing Backup system with Netstar Backup and Disaster Recovery platform, cutting estimated restore time from 4 days to 4 Hours. This ensures data security and business continuity in the event of a disaster.
  • Servers: Replaced old and under provisioned servers with on premise virtualised server environment to minimize risk of server failure. Installed faster drives and configured RAID 10 for faster performance.
  • Email: Enhanced speed of email communications by cleaning up redundant mailboxes, upgrading to MS Exchange 2013 and implementing archiving.
  • IT Security: Implemented pro-active security measures: SonicWall firewall, antivirus, malware protection, patch management, anti-spyware and email spam management to secure and manage the network.

TPSI also benefit from Netstar’s all-inclusive 24x7x365 IT support – meaning that whether they need support onsite or remotely, they will receive rapid assistance when needed.

Ginny Wolstencroft- Chief Operations Officer at The Planning Shop International commented: “Netstar truly add value by meeting with us regularly to strategically plan and review our 3 year IT strategy. We are always aware of future IT costs and never encounter any nasty surprises. Moreover we are extremely happy with the level of support and speed of service we receive from Netstar’s efficient helpdesk.”

Mit Patel – Netstar Director, added: ”It has been rewarding to witness the efficiencies gained from modernizing TPSi’s IT infrastructure. We look forward to providing TPSI with ongoing proactive IT support and strategic consulting; ensuring their IT infrastructure will support their future growth.”

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