Case Study

Writtle College

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The critical challenges for Writtle College were:

  • Local power cuts causing interruptions to email services
  • Unsupported MS Exchange 2003 platform, with 5,500 account users
  • Their email system had no mobile phone platform
  • Increasing costs for IT management and infrastructure
  • Reduce the burden of email service on their infrastructure


The solution created for Writtle College included:

  • Microsoft Active Directory remediation
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft PowerShell MIS integration script for new user creation
  • Microsoft PowerShell script to manage license allocation
  • Technical consultancy and strategic advice
  • Removal of around 1,500 lapsed and unused accounts
  • New platform for up to 5,000 students and 500 staff
  • Custom scripts to automatically on-board students
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SysGroup’s solution helped Writtle College with:

  • Increased email availability for staff communications
  • Greater resilience against local power issues
  • Reduced IT footprint
  • Ease of managing new and lapsed user accounts
  • Decreased administration overhead


Our migration to MS Office 365 has been a resounding success. Even if we suffer a power cut onsite, email is still available. Students could still access email when the entire eastern region suffered a major JANET outage recently. As usual, the SysGroup technical team handled the design, planning and deployment very well. We work collaboratively and I really like the blend of skills and flexibility across their entire technical team. Ultimately, the quality of their proposal and technical design of their solution really stood out from the crowd.


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