Centresoft signs a 3 year SHARP System I managed service contract

Centresoft, the UK's leading Games and Entertainment distributor, has signed a 3 year agreement with IBM and AssurIT to provide a fully managed System i managed service solution. The service ensures that Centresoft can run core business systems in the event a of major systems failure with minimum impact to the business

Senior Management Team Strengthened

AssurIT has appointed two new Directors to join the Senior Management Team at AssurIT as the organisation continues to enjoy success.

Steve Ellis joins, as Managing Director, to lead the organisation into a phase of expansion and towards offering a broader range of solutions that will position the company perfectly to take full advantage of the continued trend towards strategic IT out-tasking in the mid-market. Steve has made an investment in the organisation and has taken a share of the ownership.

With over 20 years background in the mid-range I.T market place Steve brings an invaluable mix of experience, focus and enthusiasm to AssurIT that has seen him take similar organisations to the top of their sector in terms of business growth and customer service.

Steve Ellis was keen to explain the potential he sees at AssurIT.

"AssurIT has a strong reputation for service delivery in the IBM mid-range market place. A number of major UK companies rely on us to run their IT systems or to deliver their High Availability environment. There are some very high profile organisations that depend entirely on us if their production systems fail. IBM even contracts us to do the same for their customer under the IBM SHARP offering".

"Over the next 18 months we will use that base to expand our offerings. The focus will be very much on Managed Service and Support solutions, built, priced and delivered in a flexible way. Given the infrastructure and skills we already have in place it is important for us to develop new Managed Service based solutions, such as Software as a Service, that will enable us to maximise that investment. We have already started making plans to deliver some great applications based on us hosting the middleware, operating system and hardware components and partnering with innovative ISV's. Customers really like the principle of taking Software as a 'Pay as you Go' service and we will start to provide Managed Service solutions around the niche areas that just haven't been available before".

"We have also started to win business in the provision of Managed Helpdesk solutions to small I.T organisations wanting to offer their customer a professional 24 x 7 Helpdesk service. I see this area as a key area for future success and we have worked hard to build a service that they can clearly see the benefits of using at a price that makes it really attractive".

"Overall AssurIT aims to deliver a really high standard of service at a great price. We are very easy to do business with and we offer outstanding value for money. For me that makes AssurIT a great proposition for the customers in our market place".

Spencer Lea has also joined AssurIT as Sales Director, to focus on the Sales and Marketing strategy for the expansion of the organisation.

Major Financial and Business Services Group signs 3 Year SHARP contract

This organisation is an award winning Global Services organisation, specialising in Business Factoring across a wide range of industries.

The company has a core business applications running on the IBM System platform, which is vital to the continued operation of the business. The data stored in the application is so critical that the organisation cannot risk even the smallest transaction being lost in the event of a system or software failure, they also need continual access to the application if the production environment is not available.

Having considered a wide range of solutions, including providing the service in-house themselves, they concluded that the most effective solution would be the SHARP service from IBM and AssurIT.

In the final recommendation report, the organisation concluded that over a 3 year period, it would cost 40% less to take the SHARP service rather than implementing a solution themselves and that the service level provided would be higher that than they could reach with their own people.

Gerard Burke, AssurIT Operations Director, explains why this organisation chose to take the provision of High Availability as an external service.

"As with many other customers, once they considered the total cost of an in-house High Availability project, including hardware, software, maintenance, training, hosting, power and people, and compared that to the price of an equivalent service using SHARP it just didn't make financial sense to undertake the project themselves. We can provision the service within a short space of time, with the customers input only required for key decisions about the rules around how they want their data protected, and once it's up and running we do everything for them. This company has so many other business focused projects they need to deliver this year they were very keen for us to just take the problem of protecting their systems away"