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Case Study

Personalised Azure Workshop

Firemelon updated their Azure knowledge and streamlined their deployment thanks to our bespoke workshop.

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Firemelon has been successfully developing systems for the insurance industry for over two decades. Insurers, brokers, claim handlers and assistance companies use their systems to manage pet and travel insurance from sale to claim. 

They operate internationally from their Northern Ireland HQ and clients include Admiral, Holiday Extras, and Direct Line Group. 

Sectors: Insurance

Solutions: Cyber Security

Vendors: Microsoft

Products: Microsoft Azure

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Objective

To support their business growth plans, Firemelon needed to ensure that they were making the most of Azure and working to best practice.

Solution

Grey Matter delivered a two-stage workshop to Firemelon.

Stage one was a detailed review of their existing Azure infrastructure, services and usage. We also looked at their proposed Azure usage in the context of their business goals and objectives.
In stage two, our Cloud Solution Architects worked through the features of Azure that would enhance their security, streamline their compute usage, and reduce their monthly costs.

The key areas included:

 

Identity

We covered the benefits of using Azure Active Directory (AAD) to handle identity for their applications and services. Furthermore, AAD can be used to administer popular Azure services such as Azure SQL Database.

 

Identity

We covered the benefits of using Azure Active Directory (AAD) to handle identity for their applications and services. Furthermore, AAD can be used to administer popular Azure services such as Azure SQL Database.

 

Storage

We advised on the difference between different storage solutions, particularly General Purpose v1 and v2 Storage Accounts, highlighting price and features differences and outlining how each could be used for their application.

 

Storage

We advised on the difference between different storage solutions, particularly General Purpose v1 and v2 Storage Accounts, highlighting price and features differences and outlining how each could be used for their application.

 

Cost optimisation

We examined how Microsoft licensing and Azure reservations could be used to reduce monthly costs for Azure resources, including platform services like Azure SQL Database.

 

Monitoring, altering and security

We provided guidance on how Azure Security Center can be integrated into various solutions using Action Groups, linking Azure to Logic Apps and Azure Automation for automated actions.

Outcomes

Firemelon now have a better understanding of the wide range of services and tools available within Azure and how they can proactively manage their Azure environment to improve performance, security and reliability, as well as monitor costs to increase efficient use of resources.

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The feedback I’ve had from our technical team that attended the workshop has been extremely positive! We’re already looking into implementing some changes to the infrastructure on your recommendations. This has been a complete game changer for us, thanks again.

John McAree – Chief Information Officer, Firemelon

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