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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 13:00

Google for Work: Executive Briefing

Google for Work - Strategic business partner for the future - Wednesday 5th November EVENT FULLY BOOKED: Any further registrations will be put on waitlist subject to other cancellations. Please join other senior business and IT executives at our event…
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…
Intrigued by the recent success of Chromebooks for business, Désiré Athow from TechRadar quizzed David McLeman, Ancoris MD, about the reasons behind their growth in the B2B market. Questions include: Why are Chromebooks proving so popular with businesses as a…
Paul Taylor, the FT's personal technology columnist reviews Chromebooks for Business and looks at two models from Acer and Samsung. In the three years since Chromebooks were launched internet access has become ubiquitous and offline capability is available for a wider range of applications. Paul acknowledges that some of the early issues have gone away and is complimentary about Chrome…
The announcement of Google Drive for Work today will be disruptive to the corporate cloud storage marketplace and a real alternative to Dropbox, Box and Microsoft OneDrive. The new premium service is an advanced business focused version of the existing Drive service, it adds further administration controls, advanced file audit reporting and eDiscovery services so organisations can monitor the communications…
Whilst mobile working was putting strain on the IT system and the team maintaining it, the need for improved collaborative working was identified as a key area of focus, especially as there was no consistent user experience with Sharepoint. In…
  Glyndebourne, the 1,200 seat opera house set in the grounds of a country house in East Sussex, has selected Ancoris, a UK Google Enterprise Partner, to provide Google Apps to more than 200 staff, including mail, collaboration, business workflows…
Summary: The withdrawal of support for XP helped one organisation decide its best option was a move away from Microsoft Windows as its main operating system. There are the XP diehards, and the Windows 7 and 8 migrators. But in…
Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council has switched to Google Chromebooks to migrate from Windows XP, which Microsoft will no longer support after 8 April. The Chromebooks, running Google ChromeOS, will provide access to Windows-based line-of-business applications via Citrix. The…
Google has scored a major win on the back of Microsoft's Windows XP support cut-off, as the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has started a major migration project to Chromebooks and Chromeboxes ahead of the 8 April deadline. The…
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is to roll out Google Chromebooks as it shifts away from Window XP desktops in what it deems the most cost efficient way possible. The council claims it will save over £200,000 by…
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is rolling out Google Chromebooks to its employees in a bid to cut costs and ensure continuity when the deadline for Windows XP support ends next month. It also supports the council's new…
  INTERVIEW Upgrade to Exchange 2010 or move to Google? On April 8, Microsoft will end its extended support for Exchange 2003 mail server and a fifth of businesses that still run Exchange 2003 will need to make a move,…
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 16:54

Chromebook comes of age

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A year ago, we predicted that IT departments would consider putting Android, iOS and Chrome devices into the mix rather than automatically refreshing with the latest generation of Windows-based systems. It turns out they're not just considering them but purchasing them – in rapidly increasing numbers. Research from NPD Group shows that, in just eight months, Chromebooks have taken off to…
Chromebooks have been a runaway success since the first model was launched two years ago. Last Christmas saw Amazon announce a pair of Chromebooks as two of the three best-selling notebooks of the US holiday season. And as is increasingly…
On 8th April, Microsoft will end its extended support for Exchange 2003 mail server and a fifth of businesses that still run Exchange 2003 will need to make a move, or face the obvious security risks that come with having…
The Cloud Skills Academy, developed by Appogee, the Products Division of Ancoris Limited, is an e-learning resource that provides help pages, interactive demonstrations, tips, shortcuts and FAQs on all topics in Google Apps.   From today, every user of Cloud Skills Academy will have a Learning Record which provides a history of all topics they have read in the Academy, as…
The jury may still be out on whether consumers will embrace "wearables" like Google Glass and smart watches, but the next year will see innovative organisations putting both "wearables" and the growing range of extremely low-cost Android devices now available to use in a variety of business situations. Expect to see high-end wearables, which allow images to be fed to…
Until now, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has largely had the market for "hyper scalable" server-on-demand services to itself, but all that has changed with Google Compute Engine (GCE) moving out of beta and into general availability. Both AWS and GCE provide highly scalable infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings that are typically used by social media platforms, by e-commerce, streaming TV and online…
Although computers can seem like they're everywhere these days, there are still many jobs that have yet to be touched by IT. That's usually because previous generations of technology were either impractical – getting in the way of workers doing their jobs – or too expensive to deploy, maintain and support for a remote workforce numbering in the hundreds or…
While much of the talk so far about location-aware apps (also known as geo fencing) has focused on targeting adverts at consumers, the coming year will see apps emerge that improve the way companies deliver services to existing customers. Typically, these apps will use the customer crossing a geofence to kick off the first step in delivering the service. For…
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 12:18

Enterprise social to become mainstream

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Social tools have been making inroads into business for a while in an informal way. However, until recently, these tools lacked enterprise-strength control over what could be shared, where and with whom. Many of the larger organisations who would benefit from a more "social" approach to internal communications have, rightly, been wary of exploring what "enterprise social" could do for…
April 2014 sees the end of extended support for Windows XP, which still powers around 30% of all installed PCs. This will finally force many organisations to look for replacements for their current PCs, laptops and netbooks and will accelerate the corporate use of a wider range of devices and operating systems. Although these users, who are largely SMEs, are likely to…
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 13:13

Trends and Technologies to watch in 2014

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It is that time of year again, when we take stock before we look ahead.  Our 2013 predictions came true as we saw the shift towards cloud computing accelerate.  With the economy getting back on track, there is plenty of scope to bring in innovation and business transformation.  Here are the trends and technologies which we expect to gain momentum in 2014.…
The cloud computing landscape has changed dramatically since Google Apps for Business was launched in 2007. Back then, deploying cloud solutions such as Google Apps and salesforce.com was about delivering improved mobility and collaboration at lower cost for specific processes – such as email and CRM – which are business critical but relatively standardised. Today, the cloud is about delivering…
You'd expect us, here at Ancoris, to tell you that Google Apps for Business is the best cloud solution for your organisation, large or small – but that's now been confirmed by independent analysts at The Radicati Group. Google Apps is the clear leader Radicati's "Top Player" quadrant, with both the largest market share and the best score when it…
Why the door is opening for Chromebooks in the Enterprise Forrester does not recommend Chromebooks for all organizations, nor for all users, but they do recommend that professionals who either have moved to Gmail or are thinking about it take another look.  Such an evaluation is merited because of:  The…
Cloud Business Email– Market Quadrant 2013 - THE RADICATI GROUP,INC. An Analysis of the Market for Cloud Business Email, Revealing Top Players, Mature Players, Specialists and Trail Blazers. August 2013 This edition of Radicati Market Quadrants covers the Cloud Business Email market. Cloud Business Email Providers offer cloud-based email and collaboration…
The first big storm of this winter got us thinking about how we deal with unexpected events, whether that's extreme weather preventing our staff getting into work or a more local emergency like a flood, fire or burglary at our offices. Business continuity isn't the first reason (or even the fifth!) why we and our customers choose to use Google…
At the start of the year, we predicted that 2013 would see IT departments consider putting Android, iOS and Chrome devices into the mix rather than automatically refreshing with the latest generation of Windows-based systems. It turns out they're not just considering them but purchasing them – in rapidly increasing numbers. Research from NPD Group shows that, by August, Chromebooks…
A technology company which makes online sharing and storing easier has made it into the finals of three national awards. Ancoris, based in Lily Hill Park, Lily Hill Road, Bullbrook has been named as a double finalist in both the…
We are pleased to announce that Ancoris has joined Google's reseller program for their "Geo" products including Google Maps for Business API, Google Maps Engine and Google Maps Coordinate. This allows us to offer a full range of Google Enterprise offerings to our customer base and provide a responsive service to companies who wish to buy Google Maps for Business…
Google Enterprise integrator Cloud Sherpas has swallowed London-based cloud consulting minnow Stoneburn Software Services. The terms of the cash deal was not disclosed but it is unlikely the owners of SSS will be able to retire, as the firm turned…
We are pleased to announce that the Appogee products division of Ancoris has been shortlisted for an award as E-learning Development Company of the Year. The independent judging panel, co-ordinated by the eLearning Network, have whittled down more than 200 entries to produce an impressive shortlist that really showcases the amazing range that e-learning now covers. Shortlist for e-Learning Awards…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00

Ancoris is finalist for UK IT Awards

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After our success in the CRN Channel Awards, we are truly delighted to announce that we are also in the list of finalists for the UK IT Awards in two categories: Cloud Provider of the Year and Small Supplier or VAR of the Year Click here to view the shortlist The UK IT Industry Awards from Computing and BCS are…
We are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for CRN Channel Awards in two categories: Specialist Reseller of the Year and Mid-Market Reseller of the Year. View the 2013 Shortlist here Now in their 20th year, the awards continue to represent the pinnacle of achievement in the UK market, rewarding outstanding performance in the IT channel. With refreshed…
Earlier this month, we spent a day at the 5th Big Data Insight Group Forum, which was sponsored by Google in partnership with Ancoris. The event provided an opportunity to share experiences and insights with colleagues from more than 150 organisations. What most struck us from the event is just how much data is now available that could inform our…
The end of the extended support for Exchange 2003 drops the flag on a final race to the cloud, warns David McLeman On 8 April next year Microsoft will end its extended support for the Exchange 2003 mail server. A…
HP has signed up to the Google Apps Reseller Programme in a move that will be seen as a major milestone in boosting the overall credibility of Google Enterprise in business. Under the terms of its new agreement HP will…
Ancoris, the award-winning cloud solutions provider, has been approved by Google as a provider of Customer Success Services (CSS) for Google Apps for Business. As a Google Apps premier reseller, Bracknell-based Ancoris has met the criteria specified by Google for…
Ancoris is now a provider of Customer Success Services (CSS) for Google Apps, approved by Google. As a Google Apps Premier Reseller, Ancoris has met the criteria, specified by Google, for delivering a consistently high standard of support and advisory services for Google Apps. Ancoris now offers Google Enterprise’s high-calibre services, which includes enhanced 7 x 24 technical support, proactive…
Publishing and education company Pearson has taken a unique approach to the ongoing enterprise cloud apps battle between Microsoft and Google: it is offering its 40,000-strong workforce the choice of either. Pearson owns several well-known brands, including the Financial Times…
The cut-off date for Windows XP support next year has been ruffling feathers but another widely-used Microsoft product, Exchange 2003, shares the same end-of-life deadline — and its demise is prompting some IT departments to rethink their whole approach. Many…
One of the hot topics for 2013 is "Big Data": mining huge data sets – and unstructured data such as comments on social media sites like Twitter – to gain business insight. Large retailers have been employing Big Data techniques for years, in applications such as basket analysis. However, gaining that kind of insight used to involve a significant investment…
Google is to bring its exclusive Atmosphere conference for CEOs, CIOs and CTOs to the Brewery in London on 21 May 2013. The event allows around 400 delegates to experience the atmosphere of Google's Mountain View campus and get hands-on experience of Google Enterprise solutions. They can see how Google's own staff use Google's solutions to foster the innovation and…
Google+ is finally gathering momentum amongst marketers and one of its functions in particular – the Google+ Hangouts video conversation system – is proving to be popular. New Media Knowledge sought an expert to explain best practice of the Hangouts…
The Warwickshire County Council IT department has initiated a move to Google Apps for Business as part of its new ICT strategy to support flexible working for the council’s 4,500 staff members following government funding cuts. According to Alison Ward,…
Government-led funding cuts have meant the budget for improving and maintaining vital services at Warwickshire County Council had go under review. The review had to look at the efficiency of internal tools, and the processes followed in order to achieve…
In a previous post we looked at how we’re using Google+ Hangouts at Ancoris to help us run more effective meetings with our partners and suppliers, especially those outside the UK. Here are five tips based on our experiences for getting started with Google+ Hangouts and getting the most out of them: Use Hangouts rather than physically travelling for meetings…
At Ancoris, we practice what we preach, using Google Apps to run our own business. We're always excited to try out the new capabilities in Google Apps to get a hands-on feel for how they can help both us and our customers collaborate more effectively, become more innovative or work more efficiently. Over the past few months, we've been discovering…
David McLeman, managing director of cloud services provider Ancoris, explains why companies are being sold short by "cloudwashing" of traditional hosting and gives tips for telling rebadged traditional hosting from real cloud services. Many IT services providers are now marketing…
Ancoris, the Bracknell-based cloud services provider, has announced the completion of the acquisition of Google Cloud development specialist Appogee, headquartered nearby. The acquisition brings Google Cloud Platform and Android development, Lotus Domino migration skills and further enterprise project management experience…
The Google Apps ecosystem saw continued consolidation on Wednesday as UK Google Apps developer and reseller Ancoris announced that it was acquiring Appogee for an undisclosed sum. Google and other enterprise apps providers are using resellers to target the SMB…
UK cloud services provider Ancoris has acquired Appogee, a company focusing on Google Cloud, for an undisclosed amount. Under the terms of the deal, Appogee general manager Stuart Keeble becomes CTO at Ancoris. Founded in 2010, Appogee provides companies with…
Acquisition adds skills to Ancoris stable, company claims. UK-based Google Premier Enterprise Partner Ancoris has acquired Google Cloud development specialist Appogee. Ancoris said the purchase will allow the company to build out its Google Cloud Platform, Android development, and Lotus…
The acquisition will help Ancoris build applications for specific customer requirements. UK cloud services provider, Ancoris, has acquired Google Cloud development specialist, Appogee. The addition will enable the company to build applications for specific customer requirements and help organisations take…
UK-based cloud services provider and Google Premier Enterprise Partner Ancoris has completed the acquisition of Bracknell-based Google Cloud development specialist Appogee. The acquisition brings Google Cloud Platform and Android development, Lotus Domino migration skills and further enterprise project management experience…
Integrator Ancoris has hoovered up fellow Google specialist Appogee for an undisclosed sum to slurp its cloud app development skills. Former Microsoft business partner Ancoris placed its chips behind the chocolate factory a couple of years back and was the…
Cloud services provider and Google Premier Enterprise Partner Ancoris has bought Google Cloud development firm Appogee for an undisclosed sum, with its GM Stuart Keeble to take up the role of CTO at the enlarged company. The purchase of the…
VAR reseller Ancoris has snapped up fellow Google reseller Appogee in the hope of further developing its Google Cloud Platform. Last month, Ancoris teamed up with software assessment firm SoftWatch in the hope of encouraging businesses away from Microsoft over…
We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Bracknell-based Google Cloud development specialist Appogee. The acquisition brings Google Cloud Platform and Android development, Lotus Domino migration skills and further enterprise project management experience into the Ancoris stable. Ancoris is developing an ecosystem of products based around the Google Cloud, with applications such as Google Apps for Business and through partnerships…
More than 80% of companies are planning to move to cloud-based email by 2014 according to a recent survey by Osterman Research. With Gartner hailing Google as the only strong competitor to the cloud collaboration service from Microsoft®, that puts Google Apps head to head with Microsoft Office 365 when…
In a bid to persuade more companies to adopt Google cloud applications, cloud services provider Ancoris has partnered with SoftWatch to monitor actual usage of Microsoft Office, via its assessment service. Ancoris believes that many users of Microsoft Office are…
Cloud provider teams up with SoftWatch to assess users' licensing needs in hope of encouraging Google Apps migration Reseller Ancoris has teamed up with cloud assessment service provider SoftWatch to encourage more businesses to ditch Microsoft in favour of Google…
Ancoris is pleased to announce a partnership with SoftWatch to provide their CloudIT Assessment service in the UK to monitor actual usage of Microsoft Office by user or department. The joint offering will help Ancoris deliver the facts needed for potential Google Apps customers to make more informed, more confident transition decisions about the move to Google cloud applications. Ancoris…
Many of the companies we talk to about switching to Google Apps for Business like the collaboration, flexibility and cost advantages it offers but are worried about what will happen if they don't have access to an internet connection. How can they and their staff go on working when they're offline, if everything is in the cloud? With the launch…
OneLogin claims its technology is a good base point from which resellers can build a cloud business. Cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) vendor OneLogin is on a mission to make resellers relevant to the cloud era after touching down…
Christine Atkins, Senior VP Group IT of Ahold, comments on ease of user transition  to Google Apps.  Presentation at Atmosphere event in 2011 (1 min)
    Full 11 minute presentation on the reasons for decision, user acceptance of Google Apps and the migration process.  
 
The launch of the Government's first G-Cloud catalogue in early 2012 might have helped the public sector become more comfortable with the idea of cloud services – especially the notion that they're "secure enough for government" – but procurement and budgeting processes meant few were able to take immediate advantage of cloud computing.We expect that to change in 2013. Risk-averse…
Many businesses have introduced a range of communication and presence tools – such as browser-based chat and video-conferencing or enterprise social networking in the form of solutions like Google+ – as by-product of moving to cloud computing for email and document collaboration. Because social computing usually wasn't the focus of their business case for investing in cloud computing services, few…
In 2012, we saw IT directors wake up to the dangers of staff using consumer systems, such as personal Gmail accounts, to collaborate when corporate IT failed to meet their needs. In 2013, we will see IT Directors begin to respond to the rapidly growing threat posed by consumer cloud storage and document sharing solutions like Dropbox, Box.net and Amazon…
A significant number of companies will be forced off Exchange 2003 implementations during 2013 as Microsoft ends support. When they investigate their options, they'll find moving to cloud-based email will be no more complex or risky than upgrading to the latest version of Exchange running in house – but will bring significant benefits in terms of improved collaboration, mobility, flexibility…
During 2012, increasing numbers of organisations adopted "bring your own device” strategies or provided staff with company-owned iPads, Android tablets and Chromebooks as they moved applications into the cloud. Throughout 2013, companies will gain a clearer picture of the benefits of using these various devices in a world where employees only need a browser and an internet connection to be…
Growth, digital and mobile marvels are on the cards in the New Year The Mayans are wrong! We’re alive! With 2013 safely open for us to enjoy, how are businesses feeling about it? Many are going all out for growth…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 10:36

Trends and Technologies to watch in 2013

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In 2012, the more forward thinking enterprises forged ahead with cloud computing strategies, BYOD and the consumerisation of IT continued apace and the government push in cloud computing gained momentum. As we cast an eye on the future, here are what we believe will be the top 5 trends and technologies for 2013. 1. Windows machines will no longer be…
With major financial institutions like Spanish banking giant BBVA moving to Google Apps, it’s clear that Google’s cloud is the right choice for even the most security-minded organisations as they are forced to move away from Exchange 2003 before Microsoft ends its support for the product in 2014. Of course, cloud computing and collaboration bring their own set of security…
Agility and flexibility are critical success factors for companies facing uncertain economic times. Businesses need to be able to react quickly to new opportunities or pull their horns in just as rapidly when the market takes a downturn. They need to be able to adapt staff numbers and locations to match changing operational needs and support users who are becoming…
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