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Future-proof business: OGL

In moving its IT infrastructure to the cloud, following an office relocation, independent insurance brokers Thompson Insurance ensured it was well placed to cope with the disruptions caused by lockdown

Independent insurance broker Thompson Insurance has future-proofed its business by moving its IT infrastructure to the cloud, simplifying back up and access to critical data and enabling employees to work from home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Birmingham-based business, founded in 1987 and with over 400 clients across the UK, turned to local IT services provider Kidderminster-based OGL Computer to support an office relocation and business expansion.

Recognising that Thompson Insurance’s on-premises servers were getting old, OGL Computer recommended a move to the cloud to provide a more flexible, but still secure, solution.

It created a Hosted Desktop solution that provides centrally controlled access to all critical business data and applications from any location with an internet connection and also removes the need to maintain individual high spec PCs pre-loaded with applications and programs, as staff can securely access everything they need using mobile devices, including tablets, laptops and phones.

Adam Thompson, Development Manager at Thompson Insurance, said: “We thought it would be the perfect time to move to the cloud. We knew it was the way the world was moving and we liked the idea of having a more flexible solution without worrying about physical backups and ageing hardware. One of the difficulties we had was our insurance database software had to have a compatible and secure server structure, but OGL created a solution that matched our needs to ensure our internal processes worked smoothly.”

OGL Computer’s Hosted Desktop solution also meant that Thompson Insurance wasn’t adversely affected when the coronavirus pandemic hit, as staff are able to access all the information and documents they need from any location.

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