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The Problem

Jason Hart, Head of MAT IT Services for Finham Park Multi Academy Trust, discusses how HBT has supported the school during a time of transition.

“We have been a loyal customer of HBT for over 20 years and have always had a good working relationship.

Increasingly staff and students require a reliable internet connection to work with online resources. HBT provided an ultra-fast service to several sites within our multi-academy trust at a time when educational budgets are increasingly getting tighter.”

In Summary

“Since the introduction of the Finham Multi-Academy Trust in 2015, major changes to our IT infrastructure have been made with a strategic emphasis on implementing speed, efficiency, reliability and scalability within a robust network. HBT’s solutions and support have been key to ensuring our development and vision of IT initiatives continues to move forward based on the school ethos of ‘World Class’.”

The Solution

“The solution delivered by HBT offered us excellent value for money and has proven to be consistently dependable.

HBT also assisted our schools with the setup of a secure VPN link between the establishments using the WatchGuard Firebox appliance which meant our network domain could be expanded throughout Coventry.

Further assistance with the migration of our email services from an on-premise Exchange server to ‘Microsoft Office 365.’ This was an invaluable move to allow us to add additional schools easily to a centralised system on joining the trust. HBT have also kindly offered assistance with additional projects like implementing on premise ‘Skype for Business,’ this has enabled us to offer more than just a phone system, but also video conferencing, instant messaging, remote assistance tools, and integration with other Microsoft services within the trust.”

I would recommend schools, academies and trusts speak with René Wheeler, who has a clear understanding and appreciation of educational needs and can offer you bespoke solutions catered for your employees and IT infrastructure. Jason Hart, Head of MAT IT Services for Finham Park Multi Academy Trust.