Complex merger of two independent housing associations’ IT infrastructure successfully carried out

Client: Eastlight Community Homes
Industry: Housing association
Project: Merger of two independent IT systems
Housing association, Eastlight Community Homes, benefited from bespoke consultancy services and the combination of two separate IT infrastructures — across a duo of locations — during the merger of two previously independent organisations.
Working in partnership with Central — including taking advantage of their expertise, drive and flexibility in challenging circumstances — has allowed us to deliver perhaps the most significant project this organisation has ever undertaken. This has brought us material, organisation-wide benefit and was achieved with minimal impact to services.
John Milne, head of IT systems, Eastlight Community Homes

Merger of two separate Office365 systems

Cisco-based WAN implemented to connect two locations

Data storage capacity increased

This was a challenging project, given the entirely different systems that Colne and Greenfield were utilising before the merger, plus the obstacles caused by the initial lockdown. By working together with the in-house IT team at Eastlight, we were able to deliver the project on-time with nominal impact on people’s day-to-day roles.
John Blackburn, operations director, Central Networks and Technologies

Aflex Hose is the world’s leading manufacturer of PTFE lined hosed products and is part of the Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group via its parent company, Spirax Sarco Engineering plc. Operating for over 40 years, the manufacturer is the supplier of choice for biotech, pharmaceutical, and chemical companies as standard, and its patented products are also used across a wide range of industries, including automotive manufacturing.

The company’s UK headquarters are based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, but it also has offices globally.

In 2018, Central won a tender to support the internal IT team at Aflex Hose with its service provision. Central were referred to Aflex Hose by VMware, when asked for a referral to a VMware Horizon Enterprise Solutions Partner.