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01 Nov. 14:00 - 14:30 | L1 Sponsor Purple Theatre

Navigating Mergers and Divestitures in a Microsoft Cloud World During A Rail Franchise Takeover! Case Study: West Midlands Trains

When two or more companies divest or merge, having disparate Microsoft cloud infrastructures can create many complex challenges that must be solved before everyone is smoothly collaborating as one unified organisation. Join Steve as he shares his experience during a rail franchise mobilisation at West Midlands Trains. With just over 12 weeks to prepare and mobilise a rail franchise from London Midlands to West Midlands Trains, Steve explains the role IT and his team played to ensure - business continued without productivity disruption and rail passengers are not affected. - colleagues were able to connect, communicate and collaborate securely. - A smooth handover from the London Midlands Office 365 tenant to West Midlands Trains Office 365 tenant - everything was ready to go live by 06.42am, when the first passenger train left Milton Keynes Central to London Euston Train Station on the 10th of December, 2017.

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