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Business Value from IT

Business Value from IT

Numis – Cloud Transition Strategy

Numis is the UK’s number 1 ranked independent institutional stockbroker and corporate advisor. Numis is recognised as being one of the leading providers of capital for UK listed companies. We were able to provide an Infrastructure Vision together with a process for further strategic engagement with the business to improve the Architecture maturity level and maximise the benefits from Cloud Adoption.


The Opportunity

Numis has started to use Cloud technology by utilising new applications hosted in the Public Cloud, build their own Public Cloud instance and develop a new mobile application which will be Cloud hosted. There are also longer term plans to adopt Office 365 in the near future.

The Head of IT wanted to take a more strategic approach to this transition to the Cloud rather than a piecemeal approach and he asked Virtrium for assistance in the development of a Cloud Adoption Strategy.

Virtrium’s Approach

Virtrium followed an approach based on three steps:

  1. Current State Assessment
  2. Development of To-Be Architecture
  3. Development of Principles

A series of workshops were held with Numis to gather key information, present the findings and stimulate discussion among Stakeholders.

The Outcomes

The following outcomes were achieved:

  • The As Is Infrastructure maturity was assessed against our Infrastructure Optimisation Reference Model and the desired future state level was identified.
  • An Infrastructure Vision was developed and our Technology Stack Reference Model was applied to determine what actions should be taken to facilitate the Cloud Adoption
  • Key issues requiring attention on the Infrastructure, Application Platforms and Network were identified.
  • A Target Architecture Model was developed tailored to Numis’ requirements and included the key features for a new Integration Architecture.
  • Outline To-Be Architecture Principles and application roadmaps for Cloud migration were developed.
  • Virtrium customised its Application Profiling tool to embed it into Numis’ Service Catalogue toolset.
  • Creation of a process for further strategic engagement with the business to improve the Architecture maturity level and maximise the benefits from Cloud Adoption.

Virtrium thoroughly analysed our Current State and proposed a sound Architecture Vision. We particularly appreciated the light-touch collaborative approach. The Application Profiling tool effectively supported the analysis and we will continue to use it to evolve our Application Strategy

Tim Valmas, Head of IT, Numis

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