Established in 1925, The Company of Biologists is a not for profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community. Its IT infrastructure had grown but without a long term strategy. Systems had become disparate and were starting to hold the business back, so a tender to find a suitable support partner was presented in April 2013. Bridge Partners was chosen because of its technical expertise, but above all for its pragmatic, hands-on approach.
Some of the Company’s core systems were approaching the end of their natural life. We upgraded and replaced the entire infrastructure, migrating to a Microsoft core so the Company had industry-standard, professionally supported software and hardware. Now, the organisation has a robust platform from which to grow and develop in line with its needs.
To ensure strong business continuity provision, we also designed and built a back-up environment in a datacentre. This continuously replicates activity on the primary servers. The business is now protected from a range of disruptions, such as major hardware failure. This allows staff to continue working and maintain the smooth running of the Company’s time-sensitive publishing operations.