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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…
Cloud computing is all about helping businesses to focus on innovation, growth and competitive advantage, by making “business as usual” as simple as possible. When companies move away from Exchange 2003 as Microsoft ends its support for the product in 2014, they should be looking for cloud-based collaboration and email services that offer simplicity and flexibility as well as being…
In April 2014, 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 way we organise our working lives is very different from even five years ago. A survey by ISP Timico in 2011 found that nearly half of all companies now have staff who work away from the office some of the time. Three quarters of employees work away from the office at least once a week. These staff need to…
Public sector adoption of the cloud is some two years behind the private sector and suppliers, as well as government, need to up their game to raise awareness. Just £2.7m was finally spent by government IT bods on the first…
The way we work has changed: today’s fast-paced, global environment requires us to collaborate in real-time with colleagues based in other companies and other countries, outside traditional working hours, whether we’re in the office or on the road. Young people now coming into the workplace are increasingly expecting to be able to use “social” tools — such as chat, video…
In April 2014, 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…
Reason #1:  Simple, safe and proven migration with experienced partners With Microsoft ending support for Exchange 2003 in early 2014, many businesses will use the forced move away from an unsupported mail server as a springboard for adopting cloud computing. However, migrating from one email system to another can be tricky: as well as creating user accounts, you need to…
With Microsoft ending support for Exchange 2003, a significant number of businesses will be looking to migrate to a new email platform. Many will use this forced move as a springboard for adopting cloud computing. Gartner has recently hailed GMail enterprise service as a credible alternative to Microsoft® Exchange. This Ancoris white…
Editors note: Today’s guest blogger is Nigel Dufty, IT Service Director at Specsavers. In early 2011, Specsavers, the world’s largest privately owned chain of opticians with more than 1600 stores worldwide, announced its migration to Google Apps for Business. Eighteen months on, Nigel updates us on how they found the switch and how it’s changed the way they work as…
In a bid to drive the use and uptake of Google Apps, Ancoris, a cloud service provider and Google enterprise partner, has released an overhauled version of Cloud Skills Academy, its recently-acquired online resource designed to support organisations that use Google…
Ancoris has announced a major new release of the Cloud Skills Academy, following the company’s recent acquisition and integration of Cloud Skills, a provider of e-learning and training services for Google Apps for Business. The Cloud Skills Academy is an…
Ancoris has announced a major new release of the Cloud Skills Academy at IP Expo on 17 October, following the company’s recent acquisition and integration of Cloud Skills. The Cloud Skills Academy is an e-learning and e-support resource for Google Apps customers designed to accelerate user adoption of Google Apps and keep users up to date with the latest features.…
Google partner positions itself as single point of contact to move from legacy platforms to Google Apps. Google partner Ancoris has snapped up Google Apps for Business training outfit Cloud Skills for an undisclosed sum. Bracknell-based Cloud Skills provides training…
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 13:32

Microscope - Ancoris snaps up Cloud Skills

Cloud specialist Ancoris has acquired Google premier enterprise partner Cloud Skills, which specialises in providing e-learning and training services to support the products offered by the search engine giant. The combined force will deliver support for not just Google apps…
Cloud provider snaps up Google Apps training company. UK-based cloud service provider Ancoris has acquired e-learning and Google Apps for business training firm Cloud Skills for an undisclosed sum. According to Ancoris, the tie up will provide customers a single…
We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Cloud Skills, a provider of e-learning and training services for Google Apps for Business.Cloud Skills was nominated as Google's first Referred Training Partner for the UK and Europe in 2009 and provides a full range of training courses, e-Learning tools and migration aids to help organisations transition their users to Google Apps.…
Opinion by David McLeman Public sector procurement regulators at the European Union (EU) look to have finally got a grasp on the issues around cloud computing in Europe – which is good news for both users and providers of cloud…
With the announcement of Office 2013, Microsoft has finally taken some steps towards catching up with the rest of the world. Office 2013 is supposed to be more collaborative and social and, branded as Office 365, more mobile, running in the cloud and providing access to cloud storage. Yet it's also clear that, while finally acknowledging users have changed the…
Who are we talking to?David McLeman Who do you work for and what do you do?Founder and managing director of Ancoris Ltd, a Bracknell-based cloud service provider. How is business?Ancoris was an early entrant into the cloud computing marketplace in…
Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:14

CRN Channelweb.co.uk - A Balancing Act

Traditional resellers transitioning to selling cloud services may face a mutiny from their sales force unless they overhaul their commission structures. Hannah Breeze looks at the most effective ways to make the cloud pay. The benefits of cloud have been…
Ancoris has been selected as a Finalist in the BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards 2012 in the Organisational Excellence category.  The winner of the Small Supplier or VAR of the Year Award will be announced at the awards presentation dinner on Wednesday 14 November 2012 at Battersea Park Events Arena in London. We're keeping our fingers crossed! Organisational…
David McLeman, managing director of Ancoris, Google’s leading UK partner, argues the real benefit of migrating to the cloud is the innovative transformation of business operations as a whole There are two sides to cloud computing. From a technical point…
The long wait is over.  CRN announced the shortlist today and Ancoris appears in two categories: Specialist Reseller of the Year and Services Provider of the Year.  Can't wait for the party in November! Shortlist 
In his book, Be Careful What You Wish For, serial entrepreneur Simon Jordan shares the secrets of how he made his fortune in IT contracting. He lied and cheated and let people down. Now that it doesn’t matter, Jordan admits…
Cloud skills are in short supply and opinion is divided about the merit of qualifications and accreditations when choosing a supplier. Those who trust the skills market in the cloud industry are rare. David McLeman, MD of cloud service provider…
David Dungay, commsbusiness, interviews David McLeman, MD of Ancoris. Ancoris has announced a partnership with Esnatech. The partnership will bring UC integration to Google Apps for Business users in the UK for the first time. This convergence of the IT…
To mark the occasion of our successful office move, the Ancoris team celebrated with an office warming party. The Mayor of Bracknell Town Council, Cllr Mrs Shelagh Pile, joined us to officially open the office and share some champagne with our guests.   We needed more space to grow our team and extend our services and we fell in love with…
Enterprises using Google Apps are about to get a boost “ unified communications is en route to their desktop. Google is a company that has been making noises about unified communications in one form or another for a while; you…
Ancoris, Reseller of Google Apps for Business in the UK, has today announced a partnership with Esnatech, recently named a Gartner 2012 ˜Cool Vendor. The partnership will allow Ancoris customers to take advantage of the seamless integration between Google Apps…
Software-based UC player hits UK market and looks to rapid growth with Google Premier channel. The Google Apps channel is being given the chance to go toe to toe with Microsoft Lync as software-based comms vendor Esna Technologies looks to…
An Osterman Research White Paper - Published April 2012 Unified communications provides a number of benefits to any organization: The ability for users to have an integrated experience that combines their email, voice, Web conferencing, mobile and real time communications and collaboration into a single, cohesive experience. The ability to have available a…
UK-based Google Apps reseller Ancoris is teaming up with unified communications (UC) firm Esnatech to bring voice capabilities to its Google Apps customers. UK-based Google Esnatech's cloud-enabled UC product, Office-LinX, integrates with Google Apps to provide customers with an array…
Until recently, businesses faced a tough choice when providing mobility solutions for their staff. They could implement unified communications (UC) solutions that would allow users to redirect landline numbers to mobile phones (or the nearest landline) and enable them to access voicemails and faxes from their email inbox. Or they could roll out cloud-based collaboration that lets users access email,…
UK-based Google Apps reseller Ancoris is teaming up with unified communications (UC) firm Esnatech to bring voice capabilities to its Google Apps customers. Tech Investor News
Companies claim their "best-of-breed" offering beats Microsoft's single vendor solution. UK-based Google Apps reseller Ancoris is teaming up with unified communications (UC) firm Esnatech to bring voice capabilities to its Google Apps customers. Esnatech's cloud-enabled UC product, Office-LinX, integrates with…
  We are pleased to announce our partnership with Esnatech, the global leader in cloud-based unified communications (UC), recently named a Gartner 2012 ˜Cool Vendor. The partnership will allow our customers to take advantage of the seamless integration between Google Apps and Office-LinX„¢, Esnatechs award winning unified communication platform. Integrating Google Apps with the enterprise telephony infrastructure means users can…
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:35

Will Google Drive be a Dropbox killer?

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With the launch of Google Drive, Google looks like its going head to head against established cloud storage providers like Dropbox and Box. But we think what Google is offering is head and shoulders above existing services, because it provides another key piece in the puzzle for companies looking for effective collaboration tools. Of course Google Drive, like Dropbox, provides…
David McLeman, managing director of Ancoris, Googles leading UK partner, argues the real benefit of migrating to the cloud is the innovative transformation of business operations as a whole. There are two sides to cloud computing. From a technical point…
In 2009, we started our transition to cloud services both for our business, as a Google Premier Enterprise Partner, but also for our own internal applications. As we started this change we were very aware that the transition to the cloud was a journey and not an event. Like many of our customers we wanted to benefit immediately from cloud…
Google unveiled on Tuesday Google Drive, its online storage system. Allowing users to store any sort of data in Google's cloud, access is through the browser or an app for Windows, Mac OS, Android and, "in the next few weeks",…
Why are companies being sold short with the ˜cloudwashing of traditional hosting? David McLeman gives tips for telling rebadged traditional hosting from real cloud services. Many IT services providers are now marketing private cloud offerings, no doubt hoping to attract…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:43

CTO - Future Proofing HR Technologies

Stimulating exploration on Future-Proofing HR Technologies at 4th HR4ICT Social media is transforming the very nature of recruitment and training, said author Jacqueline Davies in a scene-setting keynote on the first morning. You dont need a Learning Management System if…
This article explains why companies are being sold short by cloudwashing of traditional hosting and give tips for telling rebadged traditional hosting from real cloud services. Many IT services providers are now marketing private cloud offerings, no doubt hoping to…
Cloud computing has some great advantages. Alex Blyth reports When Dee Edwards founded Tell Tale Travel in 2006 she knew right away that she wanted the entire IT infrastructure in the cloud. Previously, Id run tech companies, she explains. So,…
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