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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…
"Whether your business is a start-up, an established small business or a larger enterprise, this simple straightforward book will equip you to make better-informed decisions about the impact of the cloud on technology investments within your business. Wherever you are at in your decision process - simply considering the benefits…
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,…
Ericom Software, a leading global provider of application access and virtualization solutions and Ancoris have signed a partnership agreement that gives Ancoris the rights to market  Ericoms AccessNow, a high performance HTML5 RDP zero client, and Power WebConnect, a centralized management solution and the #1 Alternative to Citrix “ to organisations that are turning to native cloud applications but still…
Cost, flexibility and protection against disasters - cloud computing has some great advantages. Alex Blyth reports. Read full article on page 26 - 27
CloudStore opened on Sunday, with services from 257 companies offered to public-sector organisations in a browsable, GCHQ-vetted catalogue of cloud services, ranging from rentable infrastructure, applications and platforms to consultancy."It's a complete break with the past," David McLeman, the managing…
Despite being a $20bn-plus company, when it launched into the channel Google appeared to be the noisy upstart, tweaking the nose of Microsoft and other long-established enterprise software players. Three years on, with a growing list of blue-chip clients and…
The European Union's recently announced plans to overhaul data protection legislation and create a Cloud Partnership, similar to the UKs G-Cloud Initiative, look to be good news for both users and providers of cloud computing services. Like the UK Government, which announced the first providers in its G-Cloud store this month, Ancoris among them, the EU is backing the use…
The UK Government has very recently launched its new CloudStore as an innovative method of delivering IT applications via the G-Cloud. Under set 12 months contracts suppliers provide access to online applications at a fixed entry and exit point. It…
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:28

Silicon.com - Cloud app store is launched

The government has launched its G-Cloud application procurement site, CloudStore, giving small businesses across the UK a chance to compete with large IT companies for public-sector contracts.CloudStore opened on Sunday, with services from 257 companies offered to public-sector organisations in…
The government has launched its G-Cloud application procurement site, CloudStore, giving small businesses across the UK a chance to compete with large IT companies for public-sector contracts.CloudStore opened on Sunday, with services from 257 companies offered to public-sector organisations in…
Monday, 20 February 2012 14:37

Government CloudStore opens for business

The Cabinet Office has anointed 255 IT and comms suppliers of all shapes and sizes to sell their wares to public sector punters via the CloudStore “ an online catalogue of services.This is the first tranche of government's £60m G-Cloud…
Monday, 20 February 2012 14:14

Ancoris Named G-Cloud Supplier

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Ancoris has today been announced as a G-Cloud supplier. As a supplier to the Governments CloudStore, Ancoris will now be able to migrate the public sector to Google Apps for Business, without a formal tender process. The CloudStore will work as an online marketplace and will include information allowing buyers to make comparisons between suppliers. The carefully selected catalogue of cloud providers…
Ancoris has been appointed to the new tier as a Premier Enterprise Reseller of the Google Apps suite of communication and collaboration tools. Ancoris has moved from Authorised to a Premier Reseller status based on our expertise and success in helping businesses deploy and use Google Apps. Two years ago, we made the decision to transition our business to the…
Do cloud and document management co-exist? Many companies are finding ways to improve productivity by using cloud Its not hard to understand what people mean when they put the words "document" and "management" together. As a term, its self-explanatory. But…
We've heard many CIOs say that, while they like the benefits provided by Google Apps for Business, they're still not completely comfortable entrusting the success of their organisation to Google's cloud solutions. We can understand such caution, but the recent news that Spanish banking giant BBVA is to roll out Google Apps for Business to 110,000 users demonstrates that Google…
Todays announcement on the BBC that the Spanish banking giant BBVA is moving their workforce to Google Apps for Business is a further massive endorsement of the industry momentum in favour of both Cloud Computing and Googles offerings. BBVA are quoted by the BBC interview as say that ˜they would use Google applications like email, calendar, docs, chat, video conferencing…
The coming year will see a big push into cloud computing by the UK public sector as it becomes easier to buy cloud-based services following the creation of the G-Cloud applications catalogue. For the private sector, the message is that if cloud computing is secure enough for government, it's secure enough for them.The Government expects to open the G-Cloud "app…
Just as email displaced paper memos and letters in the workplace, 2012 will mark the beginning of a shift from email to social and collaborative computing for interaction with colleagues and external partners. Both large companies, like IT giant Atos, and small companies, like online news and reviews publisher Notebooks.com, are eliminating email by deploying collaboration solutions such as Google…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 11:41

Microscope - Technology to pitch in 2012

Last month, Gartner published its technology and trend predictions for the next few years and among the dominant trends were a greater move towards cloud computing and increasing consumerisation of IT. MicroScope asked a number of people in the IT…
Increased agility will be a critical success factor for organisations looking to weather the continuing economic turmoil in 2012. As organisations look to flex staff numbers and locations to match changing business needs, and users themselves choose to become increasingly mobile, IT departments will be asked to deliver 100% web-based access to all IT applications.While they can turn to native…
According to analysts at IDC, 40 per cent of devices used by information workers to access business applications are already personally owned. As users become more mobile, and as consumer devices outperform their business equivalent, this trend will increase.While this growing consumerisation of business computing has been shown to increase employee satisfaction and productivity, it also poses a number of…
Ancoris is delighted to have been selected as a UK partner in Google's Chromebook Reseller Pilot Program. The launch of the Chromebook, as the first enterprise ready web-only device, complements the increasing momentum of both the Chrome browser and Google Apps platform in the corporate marketplace. The Chromebook Reseller Pilot Program enables us to supply Google Chromebooks bundled together with…
It's that time of year already, when we take stock and think of what's in store for the coming year.  So here we go.  Over the next few weeks, we will share what we believe will be the top 5 trends and technologies for 2012. Private clouds will be exposed as old-fashioned hosting masquerading under a new name Vendors have…
For step changes in the way companies behave, businesses need to look at what cloud-based IT delivery models enable them to do that they couldnt before. An obvious example is remote collaboration on a large scale.With the current economic climate…
There are two sides to cloud computing. From a technical point of view, it changes the way IT is provisioned. From a business point of view, it changes the way users work. Much has been made of the technical changes,…
The waiting is finally over.After a glittering night of typical Channel Awards fun and frolics at Battersea Park Arena, CRN finally revealed the winners and runners-up in all their glory.Specialist Reseller of the YearWinner: Ancoris CRN Article
We were delighted that Ancoris was recognised as the winner of the Specialist Reseller of the Year 2011 against a strong competitive shortlist at the CRN Channel Award on 18th November 2011. This prestigious industry award was presented at Battersea Park with an audience of over 1600 people. There were several hundred entries over 10 main categories. The panel of…
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…
David McLeman, Managing Director of Ancoris, the UKs leading Google Enterprise Partner, outlines why Google Apps for Business is leading the way in the enterprise cloud computing arena.According to a recent Gartner report, Gmail should now be considered a mainstream…
Monday, 07 November 2011 15:23

CRN - We could be heroes

Just for one night, Battersea Park Arena will reverberate to the sounds of celebration at the CRN Channel Awards 2011. If there is a Guitar Hero competition or even karaoke in the Awards fairground gaming area at Battersea Arena in…
Historically, IT departments have spent 70 per cent of their budgets on simply maintaining their existing infrastructure. But analysts at Forrester Research warn that future success will require organisations to cut "business as usual" costs to just half their budget and devote the savings to business expansion and innovation to deliver competitive advantage. The headache for CIOs is how to…
Email is now a mission-critical tool without which few businesses could function. Recent figures from the Radicati group suggests the average user sends and receives around 100 emails a day. However, email doesn't provide a competitive advantage; today, it's just a cost of doing business. That means you need to be able to provide quick, easy and reliable access to…
Monday, 17 October 2011 11:28

CRN - Transitioning through the pain

Although one of the most hyped concepts of the past decade, many industry players are still not sure what cloud means for their business. Sara Yirrell talks to Dave McLeman of Ancoris, a cloud pioneer. According to figures from analyst…
With collaboration being a key driver for business success, users want to be able to share information easily, but the IT team needs to make sure data doesnt fall into the wrong hands. If corporate systems don't allow staff to collaborate, they'll turn to unofficial channels outside the control of the IT department - creating a whole new set of…
Employees are increasingly using their own smartphones and tablet PCs to work while theyre on the move: 40 per cent of devices used to access business applications are now personally owned, up 10 per cent on last year. This growing "consumerisation" of enterprise IT is boosting staff morale and productivity, so it's not something to be discouraged. Instead, IT departments…
Innovation is going to be the key weapon for success over the next five years, according to a recent survey of senior executives. The key to innovation is collaboration.  A report by The Future Foundation found employees who are given the opportunity to collaborate at work are more than twice as likely to have contributed new ideas to their company.The…
Gartner has recently hailed the Gmail enterprise service as a credible alternative to Microsoft Exchange. That puts Google Apps for Business head-to-head with Microsofts recently launched Office 365 for enterprises looking for cloud messaging and collaboration solutions - and the evidence so far is that Google Apps is more than holding its own.Gartner estimates that around half of enterprises whove…
With the launch of Office 365, Microsoft has provided its endorsement of the ongoing shift to cloud computing. Though its playing catch up with the rest of the IT industry, Microsofts validation will at least help to create confidence among business users that the cloud computing approach spearheaded by Google is the right one.However, were hearing from many of the…
After hours of reading hundreds of entries and more hours spent this morning paring down the entries, the judges have decided this years shortlist. The quality of entry has really improved this year, making the judges' job very difficult.Ancoris has…
Moving to a cloud computing solution can simplify business continuity plans. Organizations can take advantage of the resilience and high availability that cloud solution vendors must provide as part of their own infrastructure simply to be able to deliver software as a service. While individual companies would find providing replication of data across clustered servers in multiple data centres would…
Google Apps VAR Ancoris has poached former Kroll OnTrack director David Fenton to head up its services operations.In his new role as services director at Ancoris, Fenton will oversee the firm's customer support and technical deployments, and will also be…
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