Mergers and Separations

Introduction

An International investment and specialist banking group was preparing to offload its UK mortgage business in order to align with their strategy to simplify and reshape their specialist banking business. The project was subject to scrutiny from the Financial Conduct Authority and it was locked into an aggressive completion date. The scope of the project included the logical segregation of users, data and applications whilst maintaining a consistent user experience with minimal interruption to business activities. Fully Meshed IT was engaged as a migration specialist to assist with the segregation and eventual migration of the business unit.

FMIT approach

Our role in this project was to provide specialist domain and data migration expertise with a strong focus on PowerShell automation scripting. We collaborated with the network, desktop, security and compliance specialists within the bank to define the architecture, produce high and low level infrastructure design documentation and develop the project plan. We undertook the Active Directory infrastructure engineering aspects of the project. We assisted in the development of PowerShell automation scripts to identify data and map users, groups and permissions to that data. We also scripted the migration of the data to the isolated environment which resulted in a failsafe repeatable process with full lifecycle auditability which was fundamental to the project achieving regulatory approval. We then assisted the buyer’s IT partner with the migration of all users, applications, email and data to their newly provisioned platform.

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Results

Fully Meshed IT, in collaboration with the rest of the bank’s internal project team, succeeded in gaining regulatory approval for the isolated environment migration which was pivotal to the success of the project. We executed our tasks with minimal user impact and with full audit trail compliance. We engaged with the stakeholders and adapted to the changing needs of the business. We were commended on being an integral part of what City analysts called “the most complex deal in the City in 2014” and we were retained by the client to assist in future infrastructure projects.