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Context and Drivers

As Microsoft Gold partners, Shaping Cloud were introduced to Oxfordshire County Council by Microsoft to explore the opportunities presented by Microsoft Azure for its core applications and IT services.

Cloud technologies were being strongly considered as a flexible technology solution that could meet many objectives of Oxfordshire County Council, including to:

  • Accommodate ongoing budget and cost reduction
  • Avoid costs associated with planned and unplanned asset refresh
  • Carry out an asset and facilities disposal and/or redeployment
  • Improve operational efficiencies
  • Maintain and improve internal and external service levels
  • Mitigate risk and ensure ‘right-sizing’ in IT operations
  • Ensure the agile flexing up and down of IT services to meet the needs of business users
  • Support the business and overall IT transformation programmes being defined within Oxfordshire County Council.


Shaping Cloud undertook its SC:Strategy consultancy engagement to explore and quantify the benefits of a move to Azure Cloud Services.

SC:Strategy met the requirements of Oxfordshire County Council by providing a rapid understanding of solution dependencies and considerations; the applications that would be best-fit for moving to cloud services; capital and revenue costs for the migration and management of a subset of those applications; and how to take advantage of cloud to de-risk services and make operational efficiencies.

This is a consultancy and architecture process that maps the needs of service users along with testing prototype solutions and getting early feedback.

With planning completed, Shaping Cloud could begin the next phase, collaborating with the internal teams to create a new target operating model to realise the benefits identified in the project.


In its assessment of the business case for Oxfordshire County Council to move to Azure cloud services, the SC:Strategy report identified:

  • 270 Virtual Machines that could be eligible for migrating onto Azure IaaS
  • 160 Web Servers which could be moved onto Azure PaaS, delivering significant cost savings
  • 250 Applications, many of which could be migrated to lower the cost of delivery

Local Government


Oxfordshire County Council

Launch Date:

1 February 2017

Wokingham Borough Council

Head of customer Services & IMT

Shaping Cloud came highly recommended

When we made he decision to move our digital services to Azure it was then a case of finding the right Microsoft partner. Shaping Cloud came highly recommended and their consultancy and delivery offerings have enabled us to lay the foundations for our ongoing service redesign. We have been able to realise significant cost savings and now have a strong and reliable platform that will support our transformation vision for the delivery of 21st century local authority digital services.