When Maurice Veliz was hired as IT Manager for the National Rugby League (NRL) in 2011, he and his two-person staff were charged with consolidating the IT systems used by multiple Rugby League bodies. “A lot of things were based on spreadsheets and Word documents,” he recalls. Veliz has since helped NRL to centralize and upgrade finance, HR, and other functions.
But NRL’s email systems presented perhaps the biggest challenge. “We had seven mail servers, of varying platforms,” he says. Consolidating Rugby League’s 300 email accounts onto a single Microsoft Exchange 2010 platform was the first step, but Veliz knew that NRL needed to do more.
Specifically, it needed an email archive, primarily for legal reasons. “Our sport is large in Australia, and as a result we have the potential to be involved in high profile legal action,”...