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The digital marketplace and workplace are here to stay. Join Google in this on-demand webinar for an inside look at how four global brands evolved their physical and online environments to improve collaboration, streamline operations, and simplify process and spend.  Presentations include: Digital retail: Great customer experiences that drive brand loyalty Optimised operations: Workspaces that improve management and connectivity Faster…
The awards, presented by Cloud Pro and the Cloud Industry Forum, recognise achievement and excellence within the cloud sector. Paul Franklin, publisher of Cloud Pro and IT Pro, expressed his pleasure at seeing so many attendees. "We're really happy to…
We are delighted to be the winner of the Digital Transformation Project UK Cloud Awards 2016 for our work with Waterloo Housing.                               Housing associations face immense financial pressures as a result of the Government's welfare reforms and recent budget announcements. We have found that, faced with…
There is debate about whether or not suppliers should be allowed to sell legacy products on the government's G-Cloud framework. In this article, CRN talks to several suppliers including David McLeman from Ancoris who argues that some of the lines…
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:32

Google Maps goes beyond visualisation

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Online maps, especially with the advent of Google Maps, have become part of our everyday lives. We use maps on a daily basis to find out where we are going and how to get there, what or who is around us and even things like when our bus or package will arrive. You have probably used maps primarily as a…
Maxwell Cooter,  one of the UK Cloud Awards judges, reflects on how the entries differ from previous years and how this reflects the maturity of the cloud. Cloud implementations have become more pervasive. The project entries are more complete, more…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 10:55

Ancoris shortlisted for UK Cloud Awards 2016

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We are delighted that Ancoris has been shortlisted, by a panel of expert judges, for two of the UK Cloud Awards 2016 Best Transformation Project The judges were looking at innovation and a good understanding of business need to determine the most complete transformation. We are proud to work alongside Google to inspire, enable and embed business transformation. We know…
In this article, Duncan Farley, Ancoris Head of Business Transformation, discusses if the public sector is doing enough to empower its CIOs. The fact that just 3% in the public sector recognise their CIOs as a driver of transformation is concerning,…
Google is fast becoming the principal technology used in classrooms today. Google Apps for Education has over 50 million users in 190 countries and has also been chosen by 7 out of 8 Ivy League universities. As for Chrome devices, they are the best selling education devices in the USA. Here are a couple of reasons for the rising popularity…
Monday, 22 February 2016 15:28

CRN - Five ways G-Cloud must improve

The G-Cloud framework is nearly four years old, and sales through its parent organisation the Digital Marketplace smashed the £1bn barrier last week. To mark this milestone, CRN delved into the G-Cloud sales data and found that most of its…
In 2015, the millennial generation, sometimes referred to as 'digital natives', became the largest segment of the workforce.  In this article, David McLeman, Ancoris CEO, contemplates how digital transformationn powered by a cloud first approach will be key to recruiting fresh talent. According…
Housing associations face immense financial pressures as a result of the Government's welfare reforms and recent budget announcements. Faced with this combination of challenges, housing associations will need to review every aspect of their operations and transform themselves, so they become more efficient and more agile in their own operations,…
Luke Stewart, Ancoris Geo Practice Manager, looks at the role of technology to help housing associations deliver the same services at a lower cost, without damaging tenant satisfaction. Indeed, the right technology, implemented in the right places can drive up satisfaction…
David McLeman, Ancoris CEO, talks to Hannah Breeze of CRN, about the company's journey to the cloud, transitioning from a Microsoft security partner to a Google for Work Premier Partner. Instead of ditching its traditional ways straight away, Ancoris began a…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:12

CRN - The rise of "Born in the Cloud"

Born in the Cloud partners - which focus purely on cloud - are arguably better placed than any others to cash in on the trend to move to the cloud. As a result, they are often looked on favourably by…
Monday, 11 January 2016 17:49

CRN - 2016 Predictions

CRN asks the channel players to give their views on what's to come in 2016.  David McLeman, Ancoris CEO, comments on the impact of the Safe Harbour Annulment on leading public cloud vendors.  In his view, the october's annulment of…
Cost savings are often seen as one of the main benefits of technology change. Whilst this is true, those fully embracing digital change are fast discovering other substantial benefits from their investments. In this article, Duncan Farley, Ancoris Head of…
72% of public sector heads of department believe that the adoption of cloud services is fundamental to transforming service delivery, yet many organisations are failing to fully embrace this technology. Effective leadership is key. In this article, Duncan Farley, Ancoris…
Could a top down approach towards new technologies be key to improving staff and budget efficiency? Duncan Farley, Ancoris Head of Business Transformation, argues that collaboration, social and mobile are the three emerging technologies that the public sector should invest…
Friday, 20 November 2015 14:54

CRN - Channel Awards 2015 WINNERS!

Here is the list of CRN Channel Awards 2015 Winners.  So happy to be on the list in the Cloud Services Provider of the year category. See article
We are thrilled to be the winner of the 2015 Cloud Services Provider of the Year CRN Award. This award recognises excellence in the delivery of solutions, service and support to end user customers. It takes into consideration the provider's ability to deliver real benefits to the user organisation and meet customer objectives in terms of improved efficiency, ROI, investment…
We are pleased to announce the launch of Ancoris Maps for Housing, an online mapping and visualisation solution for housing associations, available on an annual subscription basis. Our ROI model, based on customer data, shows that a housing association with approximately 22,000 properties could save over £100,000 in operational costs by: Improving housing officer productivity, saving £70,000 pa reducing rent…
Hundreds of successful applications in transport, retail, travel and utilities use Google Maps and Google Maps APIs to get directions, optimise deliveries, estimate miles, organise assets, calculate fares, find closest location by travel time and so on. There has however been a limitation to plan journeys ahead of time and predict travel times for different days and times. Not any…
New Google Apps for Work incentives offers to pay-off existing supplier agreements if organisations move to Google for a year. At the Web Summit in Dublin, Amit Singh, President of Google for Work, announced a new deal from Google to…
Google for Work partner Ancoris adds extra sweetness to Enterprise Agreement campaign. Systems Integrator Ancoris is taking full advantage of Google's attempts to woo businesses away from Microsoft Office with a deal of its own for mid-sized businesses. In October,…
UK Premier partners of Google are poised for a midmarket assault as a new campaign urging firms with 250 to 3,000 staff to 'Go Google' lands in the UK. Under its Midmarket Campaign, Google is offering to cover the Google…
Microsoft's recent decision to begin limiting its previously unlimited OneDrive cloud storage, offered with paid Office 365 plans, is more than a little strange. It means the company is now heading in the opposite direction to the way its users—and the rest of us—are moving. That's because our lives are becoming ever more "digital": already, more than 1.4 billion smartphones…
Thursday, 05 November 2015 07:35

CESG Publish Guidance on Administering Google Apps

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For those of you in the know, Google Apps for Work has long been recognised as enterprise ready software and its popularity across the private and public sector has grown significantly in recent years. CESG, the UK government's national technical authority for information assurance, has just posted a blog on "Google Apps for Work Security Guidance: Administrator good practice".  This publication…
Today, Google announced the UK availability of a new program whereby Google will cover the Google Apps licence fees of new customers until their existing enterprise agreements expire. This means organisations can move to Google Apps without any delay and the high cost of paying off existing agreements. Ancoris is looking to further support customers' journey to the cloud, by…
Digital transformation, powered by cloud technologies that support improved collaboration, will be the key to the successful organisations of the future. Many organisations are now faced with the choice of Google Apps for Work or Microsoft Office 365 for their communication and collaboration requirements. This Ancoris white paper highlights just…
The public sector survey Ancoris commissioned from iGov Survey came with the startling finding that less than 5% of CIO or CTO are seen as driving transformation within their own organisation.   The article draws parallels with similar comments made…
Research conducted independently by iGov Survey has revealed that 82% of those holding senior positions within the public sector see austerity measures as the catalyst for the transformation of frontline services. As part of the Government's 'digital by default' approach, there is a growing pressure on services to deliver more for less, and this focus is being recognised by staff,…
iGov has recently conducted online research into how organisations across the public sector are transforming their frontline services, how they are driving transformation and the technologies they are using to achieve this. Download: "Transforming Frontline Services in the Public Sector Survey Report 2015" Featured questions include: Who is driving the…
The new Google Apps Marketplace offers a beautiful user experience, highlighting major product categories and featuring over 750 applications. Here are some of the major improvements: Improved Navigation: The new navigation bar organises and provides easy access to the top five product categories: Business Tools, Productivity, Education, Communication, and Utilities. These top categories are also present in the footer of…
Friday, 04 September 2015 14:51

Ancoris recognised for National Channel Award

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It was announced this week that Ancoris is a finalist in CRN's Channel Awards. Ancoris was nominated in the 'Cloud Services Provider of the Year' category, awarded to a solutions provider that demonstrates excellence in the delivery of cloud computing solutions, service and support to end user customers. To select the winner, the judges will now take into consideration each…
We are delighted that Ancoris is a finalist in the BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards for our work transforming Epic, the UK's first staff led youth mutual. The project, in the final for 'Workplace Transformation Project of the Year' category, looks set to save Epic around £140,000 a year in costs as a result of deploying a Google…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 09:13

Ideas and inspiration with Google for Work

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We are happier, more productive and effective when we have the freedom to collaborate and innovate using tools we are familiar with. Below we discuss our 3 favourite tips from Google Insights for the Workplace 1.  8 Ways to Innovate like GoogleGoogle Chairman, Eric Schmidt says "The story of innovation has not changed. It has always been a small team…
Monday, 10 August 2015 14:58

Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office

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With Google Drive you can keep all your important files in one place, then open them with your choice of apps and devices. Now Google is offering new ways to work together with Office files, using the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office. How it works: With the new Google Drive plug-in, people using Office for Windows can now open…
Google has recently launched a Transformation Gallery to share examples of business processes that have been transformed using the Google platform. Here we look at how you can use this tool to help your transformation journey. How will this tool help me? Whether you have already identified the areas you want to transform or you are just beginning your transformation…
Companies that implement Google Apps for Work can expect to see a ROI of around 300% and a payback period of just one month, according to a report released by IT industry experts Forrester Consulting. The findings are based on analysing the experiences of half a dozen organisations that have been using Google Apps for several years. Forrester Consulting's experts…
This study includes data on the impact of Google Apps for Work on collaboration and mobility, and incorporates change management. As part of the study, Forrester interviewed six Google Apps customers to create a representative composite organisation to estimate the value of Google Apps for Work. Over three years, the…
Google Maps have recently changed their terms of service to allow paid for ads to appear in applications using Google Maps. This means websites using Google Maps, such as store locators can have paid for ads added to them, potentially by competitors. Google added paid for ads to the Google Maps application a while ago and you may have noticed…
One of the benefits of cloud computing is that it can make it simpler to give users access to the tools and data they need to do their jobs better. This is not just about making it simpler to maintain your IT systems or support a wide range of end-user devices. It should also make it simpler for your business…
Real-life examples of how Google for Work is helping the public sector to cut costs and transform the delivery of frontline services. Echoing the title of a recent summit held by the Public Sector Transformation Network that looked at how we create public services that are able to respond to…
"The public sector is showing great interest in Google Apps for Work as a collaboration product suite across internal staff, business partners and external contacts," David McLeman, CEO, Ancoris, told Development Finance. "Government departments and agencies are increasingly deploying Google…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

CRN - Ancoris hails landmark G-Cloud win

This article explains how Ancoris helped DFID staff to access and share documents while delivering aid and development projects. Ancoris won a contract with the Department for International Development (DFID) through G-Cloud to help the central government department deliver aid…
The Department for International Development (DFID) has adopted Google Sites, a tool within the Google Apps cloud collaboration suite to assist in the delivery of global relief and aid programmes. Google Sites is a web page creation tool that allows users…
The UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) has introduced Google Sites, part of the Google Apps suite, to assist with the delivery of global relief and aid programmes, with the help of Google for Work Premier Partner, Ancoris. Read…
The UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) has introduced Google Sites, part of the Google Apps suite, to assist with the delivery of global relief and aid programmes, with the help of Google for Work Premier Partner, Ancoris. Read…
In this PCR article, Dominic Sacco looks in detail at the improved collaboration and annual cost savings achieved by Epic through their deployment of Google Apps for Work and Google Chrome devices. Read the full article
Epic CIC, an Employee-Led Mutual, provides a comprehensive range of youth support services to children and young people. Formed from the Youth Support and Development Services team at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), Epic was established in…
Epic CIC, the country's first employee-led mutual, looks set to save around £140,000 a year as a result of deploying a Google for Work solution that will allow it to focus more of its budget on providing services for children and young people.  The organisation, which already provides a comprehensive range of youth support services throughout the Royal Borough of…
We are pleased to announce the launch of Chromesales UK, our eCommerce site to purchase Google Device Management licenses, Chrome devices, support and consulting services. Since the first commercially available Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung made their debut in May 2011, Chrome devices have gone from strength to strength, first in education and now increasingly in businesses. Today, most PC manufacturers are…
Appogee, has today launched Appogee HR, a new cloud-based online HR management system. Appogee HR helps customers to be compliant with their employee records management obligations and gives employees the ability to self serve, updating their own personal information. Appogee HR simplifies HR management for both businesses and staff. It securely stores employee data, records and company documents online, eliminating…
    In this article, David Mcleman, Ancoris CEO discusses the top reasons why companies should consider Google Apps for Work for their collaboration requirements.  Whereas the move from manual paper based systems to computers revolutionised the way we worked.…
Successful retailers are finding new ways to empower customers with valuable information to keep them engaged and drive faster purchases both online and in store. Providing local store information with a map is one of the most powerful ways they are doing this, with the most successful providing information such as local inventory levels to empower customers to make buying…
We've previously written about how digitally mature companies significantly outperform their industry peers. According to research by Capgemini Consulting and the MIT Center for Digital Business, they enjoy profits that are 26% higher on average than their competitors. So how do you become a digitally mature company? According to the report, here are the five success factors: a strong vision…
Businesses are bombarded with calls to invest in a bewildering array of digital technologies, from social media to mobile to data analytics. There are many high-profile success stories for small, fast-moving startups, but what does digital investment really mean for larger, established companies? The answer, according to research by Capgemini Consulting and the MIT Center for Digital Business, is that…
Construction group Lafarge Tarmac will become one of the UK's largest users of Chromebooks when it completes a plan to replace 80% of its Windows desktops and laptops with Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. This follows the deployment of Google Apps for Work to all 6000 employees after the company was established in 2013 as a joint venture between Anglo American and…
Years ago, the move from manual paper based systems to computers revolutionised the way we worked and created many new found benefits. Fast forward to 2015 and with the current move from on-premise systems to cloud services, we have a similar opportunity to re-think the way people work, bringing them into a new age of…
The last year has seen an upsurge in businesses turning to cloud-based unified communications (UC) as they wrestle with the challenge of keeping employees connected in the face of increased mobility, bring your own device (BYOD) policies and the need for greater flexibility and scalability. Market research firm Infonetics has seen sales of cloud-based UC grow by nearly a third…
Business managers are now ahead of their IT colleagues in embracing cloud computing, according to the the latest annual State of the CIO survey from CIO Magazine. Nearly 60% of business leaders see the role of head of IT as a "cloud wrangler", orchestrating various external providers, compared with just 50% of CIOs. But business leaders don't expect cloud services…
Getting customers excited and talking about your brand can be tough. The modern consumer has a short attention span, expects more and is generally tough to engage with. It can however be surprising what small things can end up working and becoming a hit with customers. Using mapping technology, maybe surprisingly, is one way to do this. It may not…
This video shows you how you can easily edit Microsoft Office files within Chrome.    
   
The Admin Console has a new look. The redesign comes as part of a Google-wide move to updated interface design standards intended to make products easier to navigate and use. This video highlights a few things that have changed.    
   
Sunday, 08 February 2015 21:12

Get unlimited storage with Drive for Work

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Get unlimited online storage for your business and get access to all your files on the move.
   
It is the second year in a row that Chromebooks top the Amazon best seller list at Christmas in the USA. This year, they take all 3 slots, whereas last year they only took 2, another indication of their momentum. The top three Chromebooks sold on Amazon over the holiday season included models by Acer, Asus, and HP: Acer C720…
Thursday, 15 January 2015 16:44

The Cabinet Office moves to Google Apps

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The Cabinet Office technology transformation programme has reached another milestone, with its outsourcing contract with Fujitsu expiring this month. From January onwards, the Cabinet Office will run its own in-house service with CTO, Tom Read as its lead. This approach is expected to achieve 40 percent savings compared to the outsourced services. The Department has 2,430 civil servants who will…
Earlier this year, Google introduced a new interface for Google Drive, which included a new way of importing, selecting and managing files. This was the most significant in a number of updates to Docs and Drive in Google Apps, with additional tools for working with forms, images and tables introduced over previous months. With all of these exciting new features…
So far I have covered using location to build your omnichannel strategy with tools to interact with customers, including using store locators, mobile and geofencing to engage with and improve the customer journey. A further powerful use of location is for internal visualisation and decision making. This involves using the vast amounts of data you collect about shoppers behaviour to…
This short video explains very clearly the difference between the standard version of Google Apps and its more advanced version Google Drive for Work. Please note that Google Drive for Work is the marketing name for this storage solution and Google Apps Unlimited is the SKU name for this offering. You will see these terms used interchangeably.
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Three of Google's retail customers recently took part in a hangout to talk about their experience with Google Chrome devices. Google has now shared a video of the hangout and we really think it's worth your time to take a look. In this video, each of the three customers shows how it's been able to use Google Chrome devices to improve…
In a previous blog, we looked at how data leaks from ungoverned file sharing, using consumer-grade apps like Box, Dropbox and SkyDrive, may now present as much of a security risk for organisations as data theft and other malicious act. To tackle that risk, businesses need to understand what their users are currently doing and which apps they're using. They'll…
Cloud computing is delivering huge benefits to businesses, but it's also creating some new challenges. A recent report by the Ponemon Institute found that employees looking to get their work done more quickly are routinely violating company security policies by using personal file sharing products like Box, Dropbox and SkyDrive to share documents with colleagues. The resulting potential for data…
In previous posts, I discussed how location should be central to your omnichannel strategy. A very powerful tool to take your personal 1 to 1 marketing to the next level includes mobile and geofencing technology to target personalised advertising and offers based on location. When geofencing is used correctly, it can double the ROI of your marketing campaigns and increase…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:52

Why you should make your store locator mobile ready

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Just about every retailer who have bricks and mortar stores has some kind of store locator. These vary greatly in functionality but surprisingly few are fully mobile compatible and optimised for use on smartphones. With the explosion of mobile, now two-thirds of people in Britain own a smartphone and 71% of smartphone shoppers use a store locator to find a…
Consumers are shopping differently and increasingly using technology to research and purchase products. Retailers' number 1 priority for 2014 is investment in omnichannel. Mapping should form an important part of this strategy to enhance the customers omnichannel experience and help retailers win new business and move ahead of the competition.…
Are your employees using consumer file-sharing services? Google Drive for Work is born in the cloud and built for secure corporate shared document access in an increasingly mobile world.  Because of this heritage, it goes way beyond other office productivity suites crafted for the PC age and retrofitted for the cloud. And unlike other storage and sharing cloud offering, Google…
The Google Apps Marketplace is the one stop shop for hundreds of third party apps which complement Google Apps for Work. Until now, it has been a well kept secret to all but Google Apps administrators. This is because only they could add these apps to their domain. As of September, managers and employees can add apps which help them…
Atmosphere Live, Google first digital event on interactive media was attended by over 20,000 viewers and went ahead without a hitch for over three hours. The event is now available on demand and here are the two keynotes which caught our eye. The Next Generation of Cloud (Scroll to 1.36) - Urs Hölze At Google for 15 years, Urs Hölze…
76% of customers prefer to purchase in-store and 71% of smartphone shoppers use a store locator to find a shop. Making sure people can easily locate and get to your store with a web and mobile locator is the starting point of a positive shopping experiance.  A locator can be used not only to help customers find and navigate to your…
Monday, 08 September 2014 14:57

Building an omnichannel strategy using location

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In a recent Retail Week report, retailers rated omnichannel the top priority for 2014 and this is not surprising when further research has shown omnichannel shoppers spend 50% more than single channel shoppers. Location and mapping can be key to success in omnichannel, helping businesses provide customers with a personalised and consistent experience across all channels and make better business…
In a feature on the "Appification of the Enterprise" and the need for CIOs to give mobile access to corporate systems, CIO Connect talks to Richard Wells, Head of IT at Glyndebourne about their move to Google Apps, with consultancy…
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