Beaulieu Enterprises

Beaulieu Enterprises are one of the most well known and respected family attractions in the UK – boasting a range of historical exhibits.

Situated in the New Forest, the 7,000 acre Beaulieu Estate houses a number of businesses including the visitor attractions of Buckler’s Hard, where some of Nelson’s fleet was built and the National Motor Museum containing one of the largest collections of historic vehicles in the world.

Challenges faced

Back in 1999 Beaulieu Estate Finance Director, Russell Bowman, realised that he would have to seek professional advice to ensure that the IT systems within the Estate could continue to meet the demands of the business going into the new millennium and beyond.

After the initial reviews it was clear that the major challenge would be to integrate the various server systems within the Estate. In addition, out of the 50 PCs on site, there were 21 different brands! The audit also highlighted that there were a number of diverse platforms in operation; these included clusters of PCs and Apple Macs dedicated to specific tasks. The design goal was to integrate both platforms onto a consolidated, stable and scalable e-mail and data system. One approach would have been to implement an entire Wide Area Network (WAN) immediately. However, the financial constraints of the organisation (which is based partly on charitable status), required that a strategic long term plan be implemented to upgrade, standardise and connect the various systems over a longer timeframe.

Solution

Taylor Made and Beaulieu Enterprises have continued the evolution of the IT systems using a strategic approach. Taylor Made’s ABC process was introduced to encompass all aspects of the network; not only to replace the older equipment but to further enhance the functionality of the entire IT system.

Now incorporating nearly 100 users, the Estate has fully embraced a single hardware manufacturer to ease support and to introduce a level of continuity across all departments.

More recently, a mass storage and backup solution was deployed to meet the increased amount of digital files stored within the Estate’s photographic library.

Results

The relationship between both companies remains strong with regular review and planning meetings where emerging technologies and future solutions are discussed.

The stability created as a result of this policy has continued to assist Beaulieu Enterprises carry out the core business functions associated with running one of the countries most popular attractions.

Future

Taylor Made and Beaulieu Enterprises are focused on maintaining and furthering the close partnership built over the last 13 years.

Technology and IT very rarely stands still but the strategic relationship will ensure that Beaulieu Enterprises do not get left behind.