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Australian cancer care provider Icon Group signs deal with Macquarie Cloud Services

Australian cancer care provider Icon Group signs deal with Macquarie Cloud Services

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Macquarie Cloud Services (MCS), part of Macquarie Telecom Group, has signed a new deal with one of Australia’s largest comprehensive cancer care providers, Icon Group (Icon), to manage its platforms through a Microsoft Azure environment. 

Since engaging MCS, Icon has navigated a global expansion with secure and scalable services and met new regulations in the pharmacy industry against a tight deadline. Icon provides all aspects of cancer care, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, haematology, research, pharmacy and chemotherapy compounding to deliver end-to-end service for patients. 

The group has long relied on flexible and innovative technology to deliver patient care, however, Icon’s Head of IT Infrastructure, Mark Holmes, said a recent expansion into Singapore, Mainland China, Hong Kong and New Zealand necessitated the move to a secure and scalable environment.

“We knew we wanted to be on Azure, not only to ensure Disaster Recovery and service availability across multiple geographical locations but to navigate the heavily regulated pharmaceutical industry. We needed a partner with expertise, one who had strong experience in delivering a large-scale project.”

Icon selected Macquarie, its long-term provider of telecommunications and networking, to facilitate migration to an Azure environment and provide on-going architecture, network, security and consumption reviews. 

Holmes said the team’s expertise played a crucial part in ensuring the migration went smoothly, despite on-going COVID lockdown periods resulting in the design, delivery and management occurring remotely. 

“The experts at Macquarie advised rolling the migration out across two timelines. The first included services we’d been hosting on our Launch cloud platform to the more scalable Azure, which comes under the purview of the TGA and requires specific access for auditing purposes. The second track needed to operate on a tight, two-month deadline, as it contained workloads supporting pharmacy dispensing which were subject to external regulatory changes. 

Developing technical expertise as industry battles skills shortages

Holmes continued that Icon’s experience with Macquarie has also helped to develop internal technical talent and leverage reliable expertise in the cloud space and beyond, both of which are crucial considerations in Australia’s current climate of technical skills shortages.

“We see the need for our cloud skills to continue growing internally and as such we’ve brought onboard a principal cloud engineer who’s working with the Macquarie team to progress and fine-tune designs. This is providing natural skills progression for the rest of the team,” Holmes added.

“It really makes a difference that Macquarie goes the extra step. We use the group’s data center campus as our co-location facility in Sydney and find the team is better skilled and better informed than remote-hand services from other providers. 

Head of Azure at MCS, Naran McClung, said: “Finding a true technology partner in Macquarie has allowed Icon to build a cloud infrastructure that will serve their on-going international expansion. This partnership delivers the confidence to work closely with Icon’s leadership, supporting their plans to grow the business both in terms of reach and services offered.”

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