Customer case

A legacy content management system overhaul leads to painless global enablement

  • Industry: Global Management
  • Location: Over 180 offices worldwide 
  • Number of employees: 16,500

About Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald is a $2bn USD engineering, management, and development consultancy. Its purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything it does; relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming clients' businesses, communities, and employment opportunities.

To this end it is involved in: 

  • solving some of the world’s most urgent social, environmental and economic challenges
  • helping governments and businesses plan, deliver and sustain their strategic goals
  • responding to humanitarian and natural emergencies
  • improving people’s lives 

Its expertise by sector includes buildings, communications, defense, education, environment, health, industry, mining, oil and gas, power, transport, urban development, water, wastewater, and more. Its skills encompass planning, studies and design, project finance, technical advisory services, project and program management, management consultancy, and more.

Prior to deploying Templafy, Mott MacDonald operated with a legacy on-prem template system that had been custom-built by a third-party developer to be fully dependent on Microsoft applications. This led to three major challenges for the team:

Templates lived on-premise with all 16.5K machines, so even minor updates required weeks of disjointed, manual work. The effort spent maintaining templates was time-consuming, expensive, and “extremely painful”.

Incompatible with the modern ways of working

The legacy system had been custom-built to suit the existing requirements of the Microsoft applications of the time and was unable to support Microsoft 365 or cloud integrations.

Unreliable, corruptible tech

Document corruption was common with the legacy system. Without the in-house ability to provide support for the system, the burden of recovering lost content fell to the users, with one group estimated to have spent nearly 200 hours were spent redoing corrupt documents.

What Mott MacDonald found with Templafy

When evaluating possible replacement solutions, Templafy emerged as the only player in the marketplace that met – and exceeded – Mott MacDonald’s requirements. 

With Templafy’s cloud-based technology, Mott MacDonald now centrally controls all templatescontent, and metadataNew and updated content is distributed to all 16.5K devices swiftly and without the expensive invoice.

Unlike Mott MacDonald’s previous system which was built into Microsoft applications, Templafy’s solution works wherever users are creating documents. The flexibility to reuse content across applications provides Mott MacDonald’s content owners and colleagues with a new perspective on how templated information can be presented.

Mott MacDonald leveraged Templafy to update its content creation workflow and introduce dynamic templates that remove manual tasks for both IT and colleagues in the business. This drastically improved the speed of delivery to clients and decreased the burden on IT – and all content remains compliant.  

Our colleagues are engineers, not Word experts. Templafy removes all the complexity of formatting documents which has resulted in huge gains in productivity.

Graeme Bland 
Head of IT for productivity & project applications

Templafy allows us to pull metadata into a single repository, which enables us to control and report on it. We had complete  blind spots with the way that the old template system used to work. Very, very problematic for our colleagues.

Graeme Bland 
Head of IT for productivity & project applications

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