Case Study

Science Museum Group

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As SMG was merging with the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester, the two organisations needed to integrate their disparate IT systems to ensure that working practices were streamlined and all staff felt they were part of one single organisation.

The SMG IT Team made this plan to address their challenges:

  • Server virtualisation at MOSI
  • Implementation of a fit-for-purpose scalable shared storage platform
  • Migration of all domain objects to a new shared AD structure
  • Upgrade of the Microsoft Exchange platform
  • Migration of all MOSI Exchange users


Through collaboration with the internal SMG ICT team, SysGroup built a solution that met all the technical, operational and commercial requirements, while ensuring that the project would be delivered on time and on budget.

  • VMware vSphere platform
  • HP servers and storage with a range of specialist services and tools
  • Priasoft Migration Suite for Microsoft Exchange
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According to the IT team at the Science Museum Group, the migration and consolidation was a successful project. They noted key benefits including:

  • Seamless migration with peace of mind
  • Better collaboration
  • Better communication
  • Greater efficiency


As SysGroup had already demonstrated their credentials, we were confident that they would deliver us a timely and robust solution. They have helped us with a merger while at the same time enabling us to reduce risk within our IT infrastructure. The implementation was successful with no impact on the workforce or our visiting public. Our systems in Manchester are resilient and joined up with the rest of the group—this means around 1000 staff can work more efficiently.


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