Methods Business and Digital Technology Limited

Cloud Architecture Services

Methods offers a range of architecture services to plan,design and deliver Cloud solutions. This includes: Business Architecture, Enterprise Architecture,Technical Architecture, Platform Architecture, Application Architecture, Solutions Architecture, Data Architecture and Technical Architecture working with frameworks such as TOGAF/Zachman. We focus on delivering innovative,achievable and sustainable solutions in line with GDS standards/principles.

Features

  • Development of service strategy to maintain and support cloud architecture
  • Development of integration strategy for multi-sourced, disaggregated environments
  • Architectural strategy, Roadmaps and transition/migration planning
  • Evaluation/advice on adoption of Cloud approaches: IaaS, PaaS & SaaS
  • Design Authorities, Architecture Boards and Architecture Working Group
  • Align business strategy defining target operating models (TOM)
  • Assurance: identifying and resolving issues before they become costly problems
  • Cloud solution prototyping, pilot and proof of concept

Benefits

  • Translates business goals and priorities into a clear roadmap
  • Ensures full alignment with Government Digital Strategy
  • Expertise in benchmarked offerings aligned with best practice architecture standards
  • Provides independent assessment of progress, risks, issues and improves controls
  • Experience in rapid design, deployment of Private, Public, Hybrid Cloud
  • Service accountability to deliver faster, better, more effective services
  • Business capabilities shared across the organisation
  • Agile and incremental Architecture development approach
  • Improved interoperability and easier system and network management
  • Improved ability to address critical enterprise-wide issues like security

Pricing

£250 a person a day

Service documents

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Framework

G-Cloud 12

Service ID

2 2 9 3 7 1 8 3 5 8 4 0 3 0 0

Contact

Methods Business and Digital Technology Limited Bid Team
Telephone: 020 7240 1121
Email: gcloud@methods.co.uk

Planning

Planning service
Yes
How the planning service works
Methods work collaboratively to understand the requirements, using our experience and existing toolsets/collateral to identify and deliver the optimum solution. Our project managers have experience in planning and implementing cloud solutions.

With an extensive library of previous deliveries, we are able to re-use or tailor our standard processes and plans to highlight and prioritise key focus areas and dependencies that will allow smooth delivery within required timescales.

We also have significant experience of working with multi-supplier deliveries and have proven processes for ensuring that we can work with all parties to ensure successful delivery.
Planning service works with specific services
No

Training

Training service provided
Yes
How the training service works
We work closely with our clients throughout the project and service lifecycle to fully understand their training needs and build a customised approach to ensure your transition to cloud services is successful. Training methods include:

• Training: on-site one-to-one coaching, facilitated group training sessions, video tutorials, training documentation and video conference training sessions.
• Mentoring: support and knowledge transfer is provided directly to in-house staff and/or other suppliers as part of the day-to-day working with our service teams.
• Shadowing: this involves part or full time support to one or more client individual, specifically supporting them in handling their day to day activities, and providing real time support and assistance with new roles and new responsibilities.
• Informal training sessions - Dynabytes: an effective way of having short sharp sessions (often 30 minutes) on relevant topics that will assist staff on better ways of working, new ideas etc. They can be delivered at lunchtime or at the end of the day as appropriate and practical.
• Creation of a Knowledge Repository: we encourage the creation of a shared space for storing useful collateral, worked examples, templates and case studies that facilitate improved working across the organisation.
Training is tied to specific services
No

Setup and migration

Setup or migration service available
Yes
How the setup or migration service works
We provide a comprehensive set-up and migration service to support your transition to cloud hosting or cloud software. We follow a proven multi-stage migration path with full operational engagement to ensure secure and managed migration from legacy to new.

We recognise the need to migrate with minimal disruption to operational services and reduce the risk of outage and data loss through structured planning, test and execution.

Methods works to embed the new ways of working within the organisation to ensure long-term user adoption, something which is key to any successful migration and provides the basis for further development and avoiding regression to previous, outdated practices.

We have years of experience in supporting our clients to conduct migrations from complex legacy estates into new cloud-based environments. We understand the complexities of moving from an on-premise traditional IT environment towards cloud, so we support our clients to manage this transition safely.
Setup or migration service is for specific cloud services
No

Quality assurance and performance testing

Quality assurance and performance testing service
Yes
How the quality assurance and performance testing works
All of our accreditations are built into an internal Quality Management System which defines the control systems and quality procedures used throughout the company to ensure that we provide an excellent quality service.

We provide a comprehensive quality assurance and performance testing service for our cloud hosting and services. This is offered throughout the entire lifecycle of our product development to ensure we provide our clients with robust, secure and scalable solutions to meet their needs. We offer quality assurance for both our own work and our clients by conducting code reviews, cloud environment assessments and architectural reviews. We conduct a range of testing services to ensure our cloud services are performing to required level of standards for our clients. This includes, user acceptance testing, penetration testing, automated deployment testing, infrastructure monitoring and API monitoring.

Security testing

Security services
Yes
Security services type
  • Security design
  • Security testing
  • Security incident management
Certified security testers
Yes
Security testing certifications
  • CREST
  • Tigerscheme
  • Cyber Scheme
  • Other
Other security testing certifications
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
  • Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge
  • Certified Cloud Security Professional
  • CESG

Ongoing support

Ongoing support service
Yes
Types of service supported
  • Buyer hosting or software
  • Hosting or software provided by your organisation
  • Hosting or software provided by a third-party organisation
How the support service works
Methods is able to provide ongoing support, throughout implementation and post-implementation, however our underpinning philosophy is to supplement existing support capability and capacity, rather than replace it.

Service scope

Service constraints
N/A

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
SLA to be agreed with client
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Phone support
Yes
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Yes, at an extra cost
Web chat support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support accessibility standard
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Web chat accessibility testing
N/A
Support levels
Our support levels include onsite, email and telephone assistance for incident logging and end-user support/service requests. Our projects typically employ an account management structure as as part of our delivery, support and quality assurance processes.

Resellers

Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Conforms to BS7858:2012
Government security clearance
Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

Pricing

Price
£250 a person a day
Discount for educational organisations
No

Service documents

Request an accessible format
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need versions of these documents in a more accessible format, email the supplier at gcloud@methods.co.uk. Tell them what format you need. It will help if you say what assistive technology you use.