Big Green IT Completes Cloud Migration For Wind Creek Hospitality

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Big Green IT Successfully Migrated 700 Mailboxes the Day of Casino Acquisition Completion

Big Green IT successfully completed a complex migration project for Wind Creek Hospitality in their acquisition of the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort in Pennsylvania. The project required an immediate change of email address for more than 700 employees the moment escrow closed, which Big Green IT completed with zero downtime.

The Rocklin-based IT company was approached by Wind Creek Hospitality at the end of 2018, soon after Wind Creek began the process of acquiring the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort. Upon determining the scope of the project and potential challenges it posed, Wind Creek hired Big Green IT to prepare, in essence, an ‘email escrow environment’ that would be used to instantaneously migrate the mailboxes of the 700+ existing employees it was retaining from the Sands, the moment the sale closed.

Because Sands is a publicly traded company, the acquisition process entailed many rules and regulations, particularly when it came to navigating the company’s internal IT environment.

“We wanted to gain as much information as possible about the potential barriers to migration the current environment posed,” said Jeff Rogers, CEO of Big Green IT. “We first performed our Office 365 Readiness Assessment, which gave us the information needed to move forward with planning a migration that would minimize user disruption.”

With the information provided by the Wind Creek and Sands IT teams, Big Green IT developed an Office 365 migration plan that would allow the Wind Creek team to enable its newly acquired employees to continue to work undisrupted. Big Green IT worked for six weeks to prep the Microsoft Azure Active Directory and staged mailboxes for the cutover migration.

On May 31, 2019 at 10:30 AM, the Big Green IT team performed the migration with zero issues or downtime. The migration went so well that John Enriquez, CIO of Wind Creek Hospitality, noted the absence of questions or complaints from his team in the hours directly following the cutover.

“It was a huge project that was executed perfectly,” said Enriquez. “The whole time, I felt Big Green IT was a partner on my side, keeping my company’s best interests at heart.”

To learn more about Big Green IT, visit BigGreenIT.com. More information about Wind Creek Hospitality can be found at windcreekhospitality.com.

ABOUT BIG GREEN IT
Big Green IT believes in using the most cutting-edge cloud technologies to help customers transform their companies’ IT and, ultimately, solve business problems. As a Microsoft Gold Cloud Partner, Big Green IT specializes in Cloud solutions, procurement and implementation for mid to large-sized businesses.
Learn more at BigGreenIT.com.

ABOUT WIND CREEK HOSPITALITY
Wind Creek Hospitality is an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Wind Creek Hospitality manages the Tribe’s gaming facilities including: Wind Creek Atmore, Wind Creek Wetumpka, Wind Creek Montgomery, Wind Creek Bethlehem, Wa She Shu Casino in Nevada, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino, WindCreekCasino.com as well as racetracks in Alabama and Florida. For more information, visit: windcreekhospitality.com.

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