Three years ago the Sydney office was due for an IT refresh. Servers were ageing and due for replacement. Internal software systems were over five years old and needed to be updated to remain current with the latest industry functionality.
An increasingly paperless accounting environment was creating new demands that weren't fully catered for by the current system.
Rather than maintaining physical files, the office had switched to the far more efficient practice of scanning incoming documents and saving them in digital format. This made it far easier to access and share documents, and optimised office space. Unfortunately such practices had also greatly diminished the office's digital storage capacity.
Nick Ferrara, Senior Accountant and IT Manager for UHY Haines Norton Sydney explains: "We were faced with having to move from Windows 2003 to Windows 2010 and add an extra storage area network (SAN). At the time, the SAN alone would have cost $50,000 and then there would have been all the add-on costs to fix the system up and keep us going. We couldn't justify it for an old system."
The alternative was equally prohibitive: to replace all hardware and software at a cost in excess of $300,000.
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