The Company of Biologists

Established in 1925, The Company of Biologists is a not for profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community.  Its IT infrastructure had grown but without a long term strategy.  Systems had become disparate and were starting to hold the business back, so a tender to find a suitable support partner was presented in April 2013.  Bridge Partners was chosen because of its technical expertise, but above all for its pragmatic, hands-on approach.

Some of the Company’s core systems were approaching the end of their natural life.  We upgraded and replaced the entire infrastructure, migrating to a Microsoft core so the Company had industry-standard, professionally supported software and hardware. Now, the organisation has a robust platform from which to grow and develop in line with its needs.

To ensure strong business continuity provision, we also designed and built a back-up environment in a datacentre.  This continuously replicates activity on the primary servers.  The business is now protected from a range of disruptions, such as major hardware failure.  This allows staff to continue working and maintain the smooth running of the Company’s time-sensitive publishing operations.

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