How can Ballard Chalmers Help You Move to the Cloud?


Ballard Chalmers is a Microsoft Gold Partner and Cloud Services Provider.

Where you can’t buy it “off the shelf”, we will build what you need, modify and extend your existing systems, and integrate them all together into a modern cloud-based or hybrid system that creates the efficiency and productivity required in a modern digital workplace.

Developing Custom Cloud Applications

If you have existing software platforms that are functional and do the job.’;/then these can also be migrated to the cloud.


The easiest way is to just move the virtual machines (VMs) that host the application to a cloud service as is. However, these VMs are still servers that need to be supported, patched and backed up. A better way is to take advantage of the serverless cloud services. All of these offer a serverless approach to application development, which we are expert in.

Automate Routine Tasks

Many cloud-based systems provide built-in productivity tools that allow power users to increase productivity by automating common repetitive tasks.

The Power Suite, part of Office365, provides several tools, these include:

  • PowerApps: Creates web apps and mobile apps for a whole range of activities such as completing expense claims, health and safety reports, etc
  • Power BI: Creates dashboards and reports that can be shared and presented online or on mobile devices
  • Flow: Turn repetitive tasks into simple multistep workflows. For example: Take data from Twitter and add it to a CRM system, or approve a holiday request
  • Forms: Create online forms for polls, surveys and pretty much anything you like

Moving Servers to the Cloud

Some businesses will have servers running applications that are a custom built or are otherwise not available in SaaS form. Often these are already running as a VM in technology such as VMWare or Microsoft Hyper-V. If not, then there is software available to create a VM for a physical server, including VMware vCenter Converter from VMWare and Disk2VHD from Microsoft.

Moving Server VMs to the cloud is a standard process as well, and is supported by:

  • Velostrata for migration VMs to the Google Cloud
  • Azure Migrate from Microsoft
  • AWS Server Migration Service from Amazon


Reduce Technical Overhead and Costs

All of this results in reduced technical overhead, and reduced costs, where your business runs on a suite of software in the cloud, all of it taken care of by the cloud managed service provider. No more servers under a desk, in a cupboard, or indeed in a data centre still requiring TLC to keep it running properly.

And monthly costs with no major upgrade investments, so you can plan and control your IT spend, keeping it under control.

Become a Digital Workplace

The idea of a digital workplace is an environment where employees can find all of the information and processes they need to work successfully, digitally. They can share their knowledge quickly and with ease and acquire help and information from colleagues that they might otherwise not have had access to.

Ballard Chalmers Can Help You

To find out more about Azure, the cloud or hybrid systems, or migrating applications to the Azure Cloud just follow these links.






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