Recognising the benefits of cloud computing for its infrastructure, Hauora Tairāwhiti has taken definitive steps towards the Microsoft Azure platform by engaging Insight for strategic guidance, best practice, and a proven reference architecture ahead of commencing a deployment. As a result of the successful delivery of a Proof of Concept by Insight Enterprises New Zealand, the organisation is prepared for a major shift in the way in which its essential technology services are hosted and delivered, representing a significant de-risking of a sensitive initiative.
Tairāwhiti District Health Board (DHB), branded as Hauora Tairāwhiti is located in Gisborne, New Zealand. The organisation provides health services to a population of nearly 50,000 who live in the area from the East Cape in the north to the Wharerata ranges in the south.
Like many local government entities, most of the technology services relied upon by Hauora Tairāwhiti are based on legacy onpremise platforms, confirms Project Manager Natacha Blattes. “While we recognised the need to look at migrating to the cloud - including services and applications – there are a lot of moving parts. As a DHB, we must be mindful of the necessity for security, the unacceptability of any disruption to business as usual, and the complexity of relying on legacy systems built up over the previous decades.”
Like every public office, Hauora Tairāwhiti must work within the recommendations of the New Zealand government, which requires agencies to accelerate their adoption of public cloud services — in a balanced way — so they can drive digital transformation.
Not only does a move into the cloud represent substantial and ongoing operational improvements, including flexibility, scalability and ease of access, it also represents an opportunity for every department to leave legacy technology in the past while benefiting from the latest advances and continual upgrades.
With Insight already engaged for delivery of its Microsoft 365 Foundations, it was further engaged for the delivery of the Azure Proof of Concept. This included conducting an environment discovery for recommendations supporting Hauora Tairāwhiti’s transformation strategy, fundamental adoption framework and best approach for a productised Azure environment using best practices.
A well-architected cloud solution allows for greater control of information, system costs and ease of delivery. Through the standardisation of governance and controls surrounding these services, Hauora Tairāwhiti can be certain of achieving the desired benefits, while mitigating attendant risks.
Throughout the delivery, says Blattes, the Insight team distinguished itself by a willingness to transfer knowledge and create appreciation for the advantages available in an appropriately delivered Azure platform. “The team is forthcoming with information and very clear on the benefits. They are also highly approachable, responding with accuracy and enthusiasm to any issues raised, while demonstrating deep knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, Azure technology.”