Equity Group Holdings Limited (EGHL) is a large financial services conglomerate and an award-winning business with accolades that include Best Performing Company in Africa from the African Investor Index Awards – New York City. EGHL acquired a controlling stake in two banks, including the Banque Commerciale du Congo
(BCDC), the second-largest commercial bank in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

EGHL approached Tangent Solutions to undertake the migration of their recent acquisitions’
on-premises workloads and data to Microsoft’s Azure cloud.

The priority initiative, and focus of this case study, was to quickly and securely migrate these
new institutions into Equity Group’s Active Directory and Office 365 deployment. And, thus,
ensure a speedy and effective consolidation of the two assets and support effective
communications both within and between divisions.

The challenge varied according to the original institution’s Active Directory and Messaging
platforms; these consisted of:

– an on-premises Exchange server 2016
– an on-premises Novell GroupWise 2014

The project required both excellent data integrity and a fast turnaround. EGHL desired an
approach that would minimize the impact of disruptions caused by the migration.

Tangent Solutions coordinated with Equity Bank’s technical team to fully understand their
requirements and applied their in-house cloud acceleration technology to provide an effective
on-premises migration to cloud IAM (Identity and Access Management) and O365.

The transition was handled over the weekend to ensure minimal impact on staff.
Identities from the newly-acquired institutions were copied to EBC’s Active Directory Forest.
This data was then synced up to Azure’s Active Directory. AvePoint Elements Fly was
implemented to migrate existing mailbox data into a cloud-based MS Exchange and ensure full
compliance with O365 licensing.

EGHL quickly consolidated the essential communications components of their new acquisitions.
EGHL retained and extended its Active directory forest via a single DNS namespace, enabling
efficient internal collaboration, enabling staff to easily:

– locate each other in an organization-wide address book
– initiate email conversations
– send instant messages
– share, and collaborate on documents
– participate in online meetings
– utilize all Office 365 applications

All these activities are performed under robust security with full compliance to the industry
regulations and standards.