Case Study

St Leonards Motors

Motor Industry

Client Profile

SLM Group are a family-owned business employing just under three hundred people and are a highly successful motor dealership, with 12 sites across East Anglia, Sussex and Kent including franchises with Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Fiat and Vauxhall, two body shops and Sussex Used Cars.

The Challenge

SLM’s board recognised that the existing technology infrastructure was slow, unreliable, and full of bottlenecks, along with being supported by a small internal IT team which brought its own limitations. They wanted to invest in a streamlined, efficient, company-wide system tailored to their present and future IT needs as the company continued to grow.

The motor group had acquired 12 dealerships over the years, spread across England, each with a completely different IT setup forming a disconnected, outdated, and muddled network while causing headaches for the staff.

The Solution

This led to the group engaging with Astec to architect and deliver a huge digital transformation project that would address:

  • Physical Infrastructure
  • Hardware
  • Networking Infrastructure
  • Backup & Disaster Recovery
  • Security
  • Internet Connectivity

The Astec team orchestrated and delivered the project across the span of 9 months, in amongst a global pandemic, yet keeping regular communication and updates flowing with SLM throughout.

Every server and workstation were replaced, along with cabling across all sites brought up to standard, fully certified and documented.

To address backup & disaster recovery along with security, Microsoft 365 was introduced. Files and mailboxes were migrated onto the platform, with Astec developing a customised SharePoint intranet to store files securely on the cloud and easily manage staff access. Finally, Enterprise Mobility and Security was deployed to all the devices on the network to ensure data and accounts are protected.

Throughout the overhaul of the environment, SLM’s staff were supported by Astec’s fully managed support, providing a fast and efficient helpdesk service through the transition period and beyond, ensuring that the technology continues to deliver the same level of performance benefits long after the initial deployment.

The Outcome


"We were nervous because what we were proposing was a huge project for SLM, but the Astec people were so reassuring – and it was quickly apparent that these guys were at the absolute top of their game as well as being thoroughly decent people who had the rare gift of being able to explain the benefits of good IT in layman’s language."
Mark Phillips
Managing Director
"The peace of mind Astec has provided and continue to provide for all four of the directors is very important, being able to sleep at night and not worry about servers going down/Virus software being up to date and with Astec’s help we now have a solid plan for keeping up with all things IT."
Will Woods
Finance Director

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