Launched following a management buyout from ITN in 1994, and with show credits such as “The Only Way is Essex”, “DIY SoS” and “Countryfile” among a huge portfolio, Evolutions is one of the largest independent full service TV post production companies in the UK. With a focus on quality of service, technical excellence and flexibility, Evolutions ensure that clients have the best equipment at their disposal, operating on the latest technical infrastructure.
Their success and rapid expansion also mean that they now operate from multiple locations in both London and Bristol.
Legacy VOIP not Meeting the Required Levels of Service
Following a period of growth and expansion, including several acquisitions, the technology across the Evolutions’ business grew organically rather than moving through a clearly defined path. This expansion resulted in a move to a new Bristol office – a new build production facility that Evolutions designed and built from the ground up in terms of machine rooms, audio and edit suites and production spaces, with the latest technology installed across the board. It was also initially isolated from the existing Evolutions London network, so it was therefore necessary to investigate alternative phone systems.
Aastra was inherited as a legacy VoIP system in the London offices, which presented several challenges and could not maintain the level of technical excellence or flexibility which they required. Kevin McGrory, Head of IT at Evolutions, explains: “We reached the point where we couldn’t resolve issues with our old system, no new parts or hardware were available, and it was no longer supported. At this point, we were forced to look for a new provider.”