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Cloud > Plan & Prove_HERO

Plan & Prove.

Transform the performance, cost and scale of your platforms and architectures.

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How we help.

We help you make applications and data products more performant, scalable and easier to support in the cloud. Here’s some of the typical customer challenges we see.

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We’re on our cloud journey but we’re struggling to put together a clear roadmap & business case for investment.

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We’ve moved to the cloud but are having lots of outages due to unexpected spikes.

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Azure Optimisation - Element - Cost

We need to improve the value profile of our cloud spend – costs are spiralling.

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M&M - Element - Protect

We’re worried about protecting our data assets, access control and security.

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M&M - Element - Acquisitions

We are going through a number of acquisitions which have created complexity.

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Azure Optimisation - Element - Validate

We need some external expertise to validate our architecture decisions.

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Azure Optimisation - Element - Model

Moving to the cloud means we have to change our operating model – but we’re not sure how.

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We have a capability gap internally – and we’re not sure what the right balance of in-house vs external skills should be.

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Our resources and capability.

The scale and skills of our talented teams (and where to find them).

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Plan & Prove - Strategy & Readiness

Plan & Prove - Strategy & Readiness

Cloud strategy & skills readiness.

Build stakeholder support, develop internal capability and demonstrate rapid ROI.

We apply our experience to help you develop a context and maturity-appropriate approach to cloud adoption, understanding your strategic options and likely investment.

We review your internal capability and work with you to define the next steps in your cloud journey, identifying meaningful KPIs that drive rapid ROI.

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Plan & Prove - TCO & Business Case

TCO & Business Case

TCO & business case.

Assess potential cloud-hosted application and data workloads. Determine their estimated cost to run in the cloud.

Our certified Azure engineers and architects work with your key stakeholders to assess your business application landscape.

We then create detailed time and cost estimates for different scenarios and a view of overall TCO/ cost:benefit comparison for different migration options.

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Plan & Prove - Architecture & Service Design

Plan & Prove - Architecture & Service Design

Architecture & service design.

The patterns and framework for your base cloud deployment, with defined architectural, management and security principles.

We design scalable, modular cloud-native architectures that are optimised for performance.

Our templated and standardised approach to build delivers repeatability, maintainability and decreased risk of human error. This approach frees our experienced teams to focus on the high value, low volume customisations that deliver more value to your business.

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Plan & Prove - Pilot

Pilot

Pilot.

Establish a solid foundation for cloud adoption at scale.

We help you demonstrate certainty in advance of migration activity by deploying and testing a pilot application in your new landing zone.

This enables you to verify functionality and performance early, avoiding downstream delays to migration and benefits realisation.

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How we work and what it means to you.

How it work & what it means to you.

How we work.What it means to you.
Comprehensive overview of spend correlated with usage and performance.Create clear, actionable improvement strategies that align business priorities with workload criticality.
Detailed, expert architectural review.Benchmark your environments with a meaningful, consistent, independent approach to architecture review. Understand architectural trade-offs based on your business context.
Focus on risks and issues.Identify risks and thematic issues across your environments: gaps, anti-patterns and suitability for growth. Prioritise stability and efficiency.
Automation-first.Automation and orchestration of resource provisioning for predictable workloads avoids unnecessary cost when not in use.
Serverless & containerisation technology specialism.Configure seamless automated application scaling on demand.

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IN ACTION

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Carlsberg Group

Moving intelligence to the cloud.

Heritage beer brand Carlsberg’s progressive approach to business and brewing has made them a world leader in the sector. Founded in 1874, Carlsberg now has more than 140 brands in its portfolio, which spans core, craft & speciality and alcohol-free brews.

Ascent’s Lisbon-based data engineering team were engaged to help Carlsberg undertake a critical migration from on-premise BI systems to the Azure Cloud, implementing batch and streaming data processes and replacing old SSIS packages with PySpark notebooks. The team also used Databricks to build machine learning models to predict churn and profitability.

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Our customers.

Ascent works with over 150 businesses in the UK, Europe and North America. From global insurance, healthcare and retail to smart home devices, space exploration and cricket - we get to work with some of the sharpest minds in the brightest businesses.

Taking CX to the next level with AI for 200,000 members.

INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS

ICAEW

Empowering the actuarial community to solve problems with R.

SWISS RE

SWISS RE

Reducing time-to-market for automotive innovation. 

BOSCH

Bosch

Evolving a global infrastructure team into a proven Centre of Excellence for cloud.

BDO

BDO

Improving health and well-being through data transformation.

GSK

GSK

Enabling data science teams to drive class-leading consumer engagement.​

HARRODS

Harrods

Bringing the technical vision to life for progressive professional services.

RSM

RSM

Orchestrating jobs and parts distribution across 6000+ UK sites.

BT

BT

Optimising performance & support with 360° insight into the elite Women’s game.

ENGLAND & WALES CRICKET BOARD

The ECB Women's Team

Promoting collaborative experimentation in sustainable food production.

SYNGENTA

Creating compelling omnichannel experiences from bar to browser.

BREWDOG

Pouring beer

Democratising data to engage new communities & protect the UK seabed.

THE CROWN ESTATE

Parablennius

Delivering the horizontal scale to expand into new medical research fields.

HANSON WADE

Research

Improving experience and making life simpler for home automation customers.

HIVE

Thermostat

Unlocking the power of data and analytics to accelerate growth.

GAP GROUP

GAP GROUP

Bringing on-demand to the UK’s favourite TV listing and review platform.

RADIO TIMES

Hive

Reducing cost, accelerating innovation and attracting new talent in healthcare.

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Explore our other services.

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Let’s get started.

We help customers build new business capabilities and deliver pivotal data and software projects on the Azure cloud. Got a challenge in mind?

We’re ready when you are.

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