Cromwell Property Group has operations across three continents, and a global investor base. As of 30 June 2020, they had a market capitalisation of $2.4 billion, a direct property investment portfolio in Australia valued at $3 billion, and total assets under management of $11.5 billion across Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Cromwell Property Group (Cromwell) is a publicly-listed business with headquarters in Australia, and offices around the world. In 2015, they furthered their expansion by acquiring a pan-European commercial real estate platform.
While this acquisition delivered many benefits, it did raise some sizeable technology challenges. Even though members of the new European workforce were already using Microsoft Office 365, the business now had disparate instances of each that required consolidation, particularly from a licensing and services perspective. Cromwell had also inherited an on-premise mail environment which didn’t fit with their cloud-first business and IT strategy.
The acquisition also generated new security challenges associated with managing user identities across two separate markets, while simultaneously meeting the compliance requirements of both the Australian Privacy Act and Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
After a few years operating with duplicate technology, Cromwell undertook a rigorous evaluation process before selecting Insight as the partner to help solve their immediate licensing challenges, and to establish a solid technology services foundation for future innovation.