Microsoft Cloud Practice
Gijima has extensive experience and a strategic partner to Microsoft especially within Azure cloud modernisation and transition, assisting customers to enable digital innovation and transformation for their enterprises.
Gijima provides various offerings within these modernisation and transformation journeys including large scale enablement to Microsoft Azure, based on an industrialised approach.
Approach and Methodology
The following provides a high level overview of our approach for our Cloud Migration Services
1. ENVISION (Cloud Environment Set-up and Configuration)
- Azure subscriptions and resource governance
- Implementation and or review of the customer cloud environment
2. DEFINE (Migration Feasibility Assessment)
- Application team consultation
- Application landscape information gathering workshops
- Collect installation and configuration documentation (media and test specifications)
- Toolset scan of identified environment
- Information gathering for applications in scope
- Define migration / upgrade approach and procedures
- Plan target environment
- Create test plan
- Define communications plan
- Establish application level UAT roles and responsibilities
3. TRANSITION (Workload Migration)
- Application focused migration for workloads (Lift and Shift, Workload Modernisation, Data Platform Modernisation)
- Workload validation
- Customer User Acceptance Testing (UAT)
- Support Handover
4. MANAGE (Cloud Managed Services)
- Operational support of the deployed cloud environment
APPSolve, an IT services and support provider required an alternative hosting environment for their financial system as their previous provider could not fulfil their stated requirements.
The customer considered Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Oracle Cloud as an alternative to their hosting provider. Due to the nature to the Oracle customer application, the services could be hosted internationally so in country availability was not the primary factor to be considered.
Ultimately the value of Microsoft Azure was proven to APPsolve by Gijima and furthermore, assisted with the definition of and migration to a scalable infrastructure solution in Microsoft Azure.
“The implementation would never have been possible without the expertise and guidance provided by Gijima.”
Managing Director, APPSolve
The provincial government was faced with the challenge of modernizing its data centre environment and to become more agile in providing services to business, users and ultimately the citizens of the province.
The first step in delivering the digital journey was the data centre shift away from physical infrastructure to Microsoft Azure. Gijima, as part of the Microsoft engagement, delivered a large-scale migration of the on-premise server landscape to Microsoft Azure utilising an industrialised approach for the migration.
The digital transformation of the services it provides has had immediate benefits. The new cloud-delivered service allows for the agile provisioning of an environment which in the past due procurement timeframes, have been holding back development. Internal IT teams could provision and test new applications and services within hours.
“The goal with the customer is to improve citizen satisfaction while genuinely improving lives. In this, the engagement provides the customer with the ability to transition into the next phase of their Digital Transformation strategy which will differentiate them and serve their citizens better.”
Business Manager (Coastal), Gijima Microsoft
Johannesburg-based Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) exists to pass legislation, provide a forum for citizen debate, involve the public in law-making and oversee the activities of the provincial executive. To fulfill the smooth delivery of these important civic duties, it relies on enterprise applications and software from SAP – software that’s now easier and cheaper to support after a strategic move to Microsoft cloud (Azure and Office 365) swiftly carried out by a trusted Microsoft Partner, Gijima.
“We have reduced our time to market for new applications, provisioning of new hardware has never been easier or smoother – while our users really value the increased reliability of the systems they use every day.”
Director ICT, Gauteng Provincial Legislature
The Impendle Municipality was confronted with failed audit findings on IT service continuity from the Auditor General. The key objective of this engagement was to implement a consolidated platform that would provide Impendle with the capability to easily extend its data centre to Azure. Gijima implemented an Azure Site Recovery solution.
“The Microsoft Azure platform is providing us with a cost-effective way of addressing our disaster recovery concerns.”
Senior ICT Officer, Impendle Municipality
Vukile Property Fund is a property fund company, with their IT environment operating on Microsoft technologies. Vukile had to refresh existing hardware with consideration for disaster recovery infrastructure and the respective facilities. The Microsoft Azure solution was really appealing for Vukile. This meant that they would only have to focus on connectivity rather than having to invest in data centre facilities and refreshing hardware and storage. Because they have already invested in other Microsoft technologies, it made sense to reap the benefits of a more integrated approach.
ICT Service Manager, Manager – ICT and Corporate Services