Babcock International

From Multiple Origin Systems to SharePoint

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Client Profile

Babcock is the UK’s leading engineering support business for the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence. Operating in the UK and overseas, Babcock is trusted to deliver complex and critical support to the defence, energy, emergency services, transport, and education sectors.

Babcock’s 35,000 strong team was using several different technology platforms following a series of acquisitions. A strategic consolidation program was devised to unify and migrate all platforms onto SharePoint 2010.

Babcock had a requirement to migrate terabytes of data, consisting of thousands of Sites and Workspaces, and millions of Document and items from SharePoint 2003, Exchange 2007 Public Folders, Autonomy iManage Worksite, Autonomy Zantas EAS Archive and Lotus Notes into SharePoint. We had to deal with multiple origin systems at once plus well over 1TB of disparate data, ranging from sites to document workspaces.




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The Complexities of the Project

  • Dealing with multiple origin systems at once.
  • Business reorganisation- this warranted the creation of a new content hierarchy.
  • Migrate existing data archived in third party archival systems.
  • Rename and modify users, groups and domains in the new environment.
  • Remap source security model to the new security model.
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Solving Babcock International's Unique Challenges

Secured mapping

Their assets were critical and of high importance- our Migration Accelerator allowed our team to trial the migration and securely map the transfer of data to highlight any future errors for rectification. Customization is important in any migration.

Structuring content assets

We created a brand-new structure for their assets in SharePoint that included specifications from Babcock themselves. Security was paramount, so each item was seamlessly allocated the same level as it had in their original source systems.

Business reorganization

Following their business acquisitions, Babcock saw the opportunity to reorganize their team structure, which required the creation of a new content hierarchy.

Archived third party systems

Some critical data had been moved out of the source systems into third-party archival systems which need to factored into the migration strategy.

The Results

A universal platform

Migrating from five different source systems can pose different challenges. Our expert team merged millions of assets into one, easy-to-use site which increased the accessibility of relevant documents for their employees.

Mitigated downtime

Successful consolidation of content from various source platforms and multiple repositories into Microsoft SharePoint. Business downtime during migration was greatly reduced using managed migration.

Safe content

Security was extremely important to Babcock. Each piece of content was reassigned the same level of security as within the origin system, to ensure the asset library remained protected.

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Given the sensitive nature of the government contracts Babcock undertake, maintaining high-level security of their content throughout migration was paramount.

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