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Delivering a proactive IT strategy for Summerfield Developments


Summerfield Developments are diverse developers operating largely across Somerset and the South West. Their roots go back to 1823 where they have evolved from a small family-owned building firm into the well-established business it is today.

The business has earned a strong reputation for producing high-quality new homes, developing well-known business parks and commercial property along with holding a large portfolio of investment properties.

Over the many years, Summerfield has been in operation the business has listened to what is important to their customers and clients when looking for property, whether it’s a forever home in an ideal location or the perfect workspace to take a business to the next level, Summerfield has consistently adapted to new opportunities and the ever-higher expectations of their customers.

What was the Challenge?

Summerfield had an existing IT provider that they had outgrown and who were unable to support their growth aspirations. They were in need of a larger IT provider who could deliver to fixed SLAs and provide consultancy and advice on IT solutions to drive greater efficiency and support in line with a modern working environment, particularly when reflecting on how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way they work.

Key amongst this was adapting to changes in working patterns by adopting to remote and hybrid work.

In addition to this, Assured Digital Technologies investigated their legacy systems and processes, and proposed substantial improvements and system upgrades.

What was the solution?

Assured Digital Technologies onboarded Summerfield as their managed IT provider, taking over all their services that included a proactive IT strategy, where a 3-year plan was implemented.

Initially, this included IT support, implementing security and assurance solutions and an infrastructure health check was performed and carried out. In addition to this, Assured Digital Technologies ensured backup solutions were in place and undertook an audit of their services and network infrastructure.

How we helped

 To ensure Summerfield had taken the right steps in moving to a new managed service provider (MSP), it was pinpointed where everything is now being stored, hosted, and backed up, giving them the knowledge and confidence and planning for robustness.

By providing them with the latest technology, Summerfield has adapted to new ways of working through cloud solutions and streamlined business processes. They are now actively looking to expand this into new offerings and services to generate future business.

What was the outcome?

While the outcome is an ongoing process, Summerfield now has a clear and concise IT strategy in place, where Assured Digital Technologies regularly undertake IT clinics on a regular basis and monthly service reviews.

In addition to this, they have a renewed confidence that their systems are backed up, running efficiently, and monitored regularly. They are also safe in the knowledge that their systems are being looked after and futureproofing their business.

“Taking over as our IT Support was not going to be an easy task for Assured Digital Technologies but they were professional, efficient and nothing was ever too much trouble. Their knowledge and expertise were clear to see from the start, so we definitely knew we had made the right choice to work with them.

We have completely changed our system over the past 12 months following the advice of ADT.  We are now using the latest technology which has greatly improved the accessibility of our system, the ability to work collaboratively, and even streamlined certain processes. They are more than just a helpline, they understand how we work and are always looking at ways to improve our IT to keep us working as efficiently as possible. Their continued support is very valuable and all the staff at ADT are always very friendly and helpful.

I especially want to thank Richard Clark who has been my main contact through the majority of this process. His technical ability, forward-thinking, and enthusiasm has been outstanding. Both Richard Clark & Alex Withers have both played a massive part in not only moving us to a SharePoint System but looking at everything else we can improve on to give us the most effective IT infrastructure. Their knowledge is incredible, they are always willing to help and they always exceed expectations.

I also have regular catch-ups with Mel Jady who keeps me up to date with all our ongoing projects and is always willing to answer any questions or queries that I may have. Assured Digital Technologies are a professional and reliable supplier and their friendly approach is a pleasure to work with.”

IT Manager, Summerfield Developments