Design Firm Prioritizes Value

About the Firm

A partner since 2012, this St. Louis-based design firm engineers and manufactures high-end architectural signage.  

They work with retail, corporate and industrial partners nationwide. They have put their trust into GadellNet to meet the needs to drive their business forward.  


The goal of the project was to lessen the hardware footprint for our client by migrating their only physical server to Microsoft Azure.  With all functionality in Azure, there was no need for the expense of an on-premise server, no need for expensive and time-consuming on-premise backups, and no need to worry about a disaster recovery plan, since all resources were already hosted in the cloud.  Microsoft Azure offers superior uptime and flexible options to grow as this firm’s needs change over time.

This design firm’s technology has no tolerance for downtime, so they can serve their client’s very specific and time-sensitive needs. This firm keeps a tightly managed annual technology budget to meet their strategic plan.  


The objective was to ensure the firm’s scalability and security well into the future.  The migration gave the firm’s employees the flexibility to work from anywhere and reduced their on-prem footprint.   

The technology strategy that the team created for the firm involved keeping hardware and software on track while balancing a reserved budget.  This ensures that technology will not hold the firm back or eat away at too much of their total bottom line. With help from our main point of contact at the firm, GadellNet was able to identify early on that the server-based accounting software in place would not migrate to the cloud.  

The project team consisted of: 

  • account manager 
  • project manager 
  • project engineers 
  • infrastructure engineers

This team completed a complete migration project for this firm. They first built and configured an Azure environment for the client, then integrated and migrated their active directory, followed by migrating all files and applications.  Finally, GadellNet decommissioned the legacy equipment, all during a three-week week span  

Impact Made

GadellNet was able to recommend a solution without adding cost and the CFO is able to work more efficiently.  

GadellNet has been a Microsoft vendor since we began in 2003. Microsoft’s suite of products gives organizations the unparalleled ability to bring many functions together, meeting today’s complex business challenges and driving business growth. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, GadellNet can assist with licensing, implementation, and support of all Microsoft products a small business could need.  GadellNet has three main Microsoft competencies, one of which is our gold cloud competency.  

Key Wins

  • Decreased Microsoft spend by 20%
  • Customer satisfaction is at 99%, based on feedback surveys

Thank you for being a steadfast partner with us, for being incredibly proactive and responsive in your thoughts and actions and making it easy for us to move quickly in this time of uncertainty!”

– CEO, 25-person design firm