Case Study

Unison’s Maidstone Branch move to the Cloud with Cantium

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When your server is no longer fit for purpose, how do you find a cost-effective new solution?

As the largest public service trade union in the United Kingdom, with almost 1.4 million members and 12 branches, Unison is continuously looking to expand and find new ways to be more efficient.

The Maidstone branch of Unison contacted Cantium Business Solutions as they needed to find a new server solution and end-user IT support. The solution provided was tailored to Unison’s needs and budget, in alignment with their business growth strategy and to support their staff through remote working.

After speaking with a number of potential suppliers, Unison chose Cantium as their partner on this journey.


The Challenge

When we were initially approached by Unison’s Maidstone branch, they were utilizing a peer-to-peer workgroup for basic file and print sharing within the local office and were seeking a new solution to better assist their growing business and provide staff with greater working flexibility.

After working with key stakeholders within the Unison team, our IT Solutions Architects were able to strategically assess their requirements. Based on their budget, we were able to show them how they could save money, securely access their systems and files remotely and future proof their IT infrastructure. We seamlessly transferred Unison to a low-cost cloud-based solution utilizing Microsoft Office 365 functionality.

Moving to the cloud has enabled Unison to avoid the high cost of purchasing a new server and has also subsequently reduced the burden of continual maintenance. Now, employees can easily and securely share files and collaborate across all 12 of the Unison branch locations.

As a certified Microsoft Gold Partner, Cantium Business Solutions are recognized for our commitment to offering innovative and effective business solutions to our customers, including supporting our customers in the move to a cloud-based solution such as Microsoft Office 365

We work with key stakeholders in the business, across finance and operations, as well as key users throughout the business to make sure we capture what their IT requirements are, not only for the short-term but also for the long term, enabling our customers to effectively plan their IT budget over time.

James Young

Head of ICT Strategy & Architecture, Cantium Business Solutions


The Result

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Cantium provided the Maidstone branch of Unison with their Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based solution. This allowed Unison to help their growing business run more efficiently and securely. Moving forward, we continue to set-up any new users and manage their Office 365 subscription. We also provide reactive support for their PCs and peripherals. As an IT customer of Cantium, all Unison staff members are supported by our highly trained, experienced and helpful service desk personnel who are on hand to resolve any issues swiftly and professionally.

“We sought a number of companies that offer computing services related to what we needed and, Cantium were the best. We had a number of scoping meetings with Cantium members who came and talked to us about what we exactly needed and what they could provide” – Sarah Barwick, Branch Secretary for Unison Maidstone

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