harbor logoHarbor Enterprises, LLC is a Native-American owned 8(a), HUBzone, small disadvantaged business that specializes in steel manufacturing, construction, warehousing and logistics. The corporate office and 80,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is in Thomasville, GA with distribution centers and offices in Dallas, TX, Oklahoma City, OK, Little Rock, AR and Huntsville, AL.

It’s primary entity, Survive-A-Storm Shelters is one of the largest manufacturers of tornado shelters and the products are distributed in over 125 Home Depot stores throughout tornado alley. The company also manufactures large-scale commercial tornado shelters and is the supplier of choice to many Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to manufacturing, Harbor Enterprises, LLC performs construction work in several states and maintains contractor’s licenses in GA, AL, MS, AR and LA with the ability to add additional licenses as needed. Throughout the history of the company, its team members have successfully performed a variety of contracts, both large and small, totaling over $150,000,000 in several different countries.

PROBLEM

Harbor Enterprises and its primary entity Survive-A-Storm Shelters had email systems that existed in two separate Gmail environments. Due to exponential growth of both businesses, they wanted to leverage a cloud based system that would incorporate both environments that could be managed centrally and provide the enhanced integration and collaboration benefits of Office365 while taking into account the varied requirements of their employees.

SOLUTION

Cloud Navigator migrated both environments to a pure cloud Office365 platform. This provided them with a central management tenant for administration and monitoring of Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. This solution incorporating existing domains and forwarders to allow both companies to retain their existing email domains. Harbor Enterprises was also enrolled in our CSP program allowing them to realize discounted license costs, Office365 support, and rapid license procurement.

RESULTS

Cloud Navigator successfully migrated both environments to a centralized tenant in the cloud allowing employees to immediately begin realizing all the benefits and collaboration capabilities of Office365. Management of accounts and Office365 services is centrally managed and takes advantage of litigation hold, eDiscovery, and additional security benefits. Harbor Enterprises LLC was quick to adopt several aspects of Office365 and is currently exploring SharePoint’s Project Online capabilities to manage their construction and other company projects.