CTS, the Google Cloud migration and modernisation specialist, has secured a new contract with JPIMedia – the organisation behind some of the UK’s best known regional newspapers and websites.
As part of the contract, CTS will be leading a High Velocity Migration on to Google Cloud and subsequently working on an accelerated programme to modernise JPI’s IT, further improving its operational efficiency, while reducing its costs and carbon footprint.
The appointment follows JPIMedia’s acquisition by National World earlier this year. It’s designed to help the publisher, which owns regional newspapers including The Scotsman, the Yorkshire Post and Portsmouth News, further digitise elements of its business and shape the world of local news.
The migration will consist of three key stages: an initial Discovery phase, run over eight weeks to define the scope and stages of the cloud migration; the Horizon 1 phase, where CTS and Google Cloud migrate all existing on-premises workloads into the cloud; and lastly, Horizon 2, where an ongoing series of modernisation projects will help optimise the environment and applications.
The savings achieved through each project in Horizon 2 will then be reinvested in further modernisation initiatives such to help JPI continually improve its cloud infrastructure. This approach is geared to drive value from the changes swiftly to ensure that optimisation is a mainstay of the programme, and not something which will be forgotten.
CTS works with their strategic partners to leverage innovative funding models, helping to overcome the initial investment hurdle which can often be prohibitive to organisations.
JPIMedia will use the savings created by the programme to grow digital content, using enhanced digital technology. The modernisation will also enable it to provide improved subscription models to customers seeking local news in their areas.
Tom Ray, Managing Director at CTS, said: “Too often we see businesses that take the approach that once they have migrated to the cloud, their modernisation journey is complete. In partnership with Google Cloud, we’re challenging customers to think bigger and evolve an IT estate that is optimised in terms of cost and fit-for-purpose for the future of their businesses.”
Lucy Thornton, Head of Business Development, Technology Solutions UK/IE at Google Cloud, said: “Together, JPI Media, CTS and Google Cloud took pressing business challenges and pivoted them into a transformational programme of work focused on application modernisation and a data-driven culture.”
David Martin, Chief Technology Officer at JPIMedia, concluded: “We’re excited to begin this long-term partnership, which will enable us to work smarter and more efficiently. Maintaining the momentum of infrastructure improvement is essential and we are looking forward to enhancing our digital capabilities, ensuring we can adapt to the ongoing changes and opportunities that arise.”
CTS is one of the largest dedicated Google Cloud partners in Europe. A cloud-native leader in the ecosystem since 2008, they spark, enable and empower modernisation for their clients.
They offer unique full-stack Google Cloud solutions in both GCP and Workspace. Their services help businesses deliver innovation via a seamless migration to the cloud and subsequent modernisation, enabling them to become truly data-driven by leveraging the power of big data and machine learning, and empowering work transformation by fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration.
The company employs more than 200 people in offices in Manchester, London, Edinburgh and Utrecht, as well as across its globally distributed workforce. Key sectors for the business include retail, financial services, public sector, and manufacturing.
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