University of Greenwich: SharePoint Online migration and app modernisation


Challenge​

The challenge to Silversands was to modernise well-used, existing applications and migrate to Office 365 in the cloud. However, this included a number of custom-built solutions used for storing department and faculty management documents and information within the University Business School. Some of the apps / processes included external access.

Solution Strategy

Silversands spent time analysing existing solutions and designing a cloud migration approach utilising as much out of the box functionality as possible, whilst being mindful of the constraints of the university’s need to securely share information both internally and with trans-national education partners.

We utilised Office 365 capabilities so the university can better manage security, permissions and data residency. A base SharePoint structure was implemented, then we used an iterative and responsive set of development sprints to develop, enhance and deliver the required solutions.

Utilising our Power Platform expertise we identified five apps that could be modernised. We created Power Apps with branded user interfaces, hosted in the SharePoint intranet. Power Automate was used to automate application and approval processes.

Once delivered, Silversands supported the university through a period of launch acceptance and transitioned to ongoing business support and we continue to support online solutions.

Results

The university now has a solution on an evergreen cloud platform which delivers more return on their existing Office 365 investment and frees up IT staff to work in other areas. Delivered in a three month period ready for a new academic year!

“Silversands, through their recent work with us here at the University of Greenwich, have supported us to make better use of Office 365, begin taking full advantage of SharePoint and Microsoft Teams in particular, and see us implement an enhanced IT solution that improves and positively impacts the way we work internally and with our collaborative and project partners.” 

Charlie Tennant, Quality Lead (Programmes)

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