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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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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.…
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…
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…
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 
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…
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,…
  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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 10:05

New Look for Google & Google Apps

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Google has announced a project to bring you a new and improved Google experience, and over the next few months, you will see more updates to their look and feel. The way people use and experience the web is evolving, and their goal is to give you a more seamless and consistent online experience”one that works no matter which Google…
Traditional IT projects have had a reputation for being completed late and over-budget. Should CIOs see cloud computing as a solution to the problem of cost overrun? The answer to this really depends on the type of cloud computing project being considered.Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS) projects: Applications, developed from scratch or re-hosted in…
Thursday, 07 July 2011 11:47

Cloud Computing gives a new meaning to "local"

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Recent research has shown many small and medium-sized companies are reluctant to move to the cloud because they want the reassurance of a "local" provider.With a traditional IT setup, having support from someone in the same city or town makes a lot of sense. You need someone to be able to hotfoot it round and swap out a failed router…
We all know how the IT industry loves its buzzwords “ and how the current buzzword becomes a bandwagon, used to rebrand all sorts of products that it doesnt really apply to. "Cloud computing" is a victim of this trend, with many "cloud" solutions really being old fashioned hosting services.Hosting has its advantages, of course: moving your IT systems off…
Weve noticed a trend emerging over the past few months. A number of retailers have talked about the impact of moving to Google Apps for Business “ and all of them have said Google Apps isnt just benefiting their bottom line through cost savings. Its also driving revenues by allowing them to become more innovative.As Google “ one of the…
The news of the spear phishing attack on GMail users has highlighted a number of interesting points around GMail and its security. The attack, believed to have originated from Jinan, China, specifically targeted users with an email that included a malware link prompting them to enter their GMail log-in details again. This information was then used  to access and monitor…
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 08:57

Google Partners provide the personal touch

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At a conference I attended last week, someone made a comment weve heard before: that doing business with Google is very different from working with most other enterprise software vendors.Unlike many other vendors, Google doesnt expand effort creating an army of its own salespeople or support staff. Instead, its focus is on employing brilliant engineers who design ground-breaking technology to…
10th May 2011 Google has announced the availability of the Google Chrome OS with production laptops from Samsung and Acer known as Chromebooks from June 15th in the UK. The device and OS: needs no patching doesn't hold persistent data (no backups) still supports offline access for apps like Google Apps for Business boots in 10 seconds supports Citrix Receiver…
Google has announced the release of Google Message Continuity on the Google Enterprise Blog. Google Message Continuity is a disaster recovery or business continuity service which ensures that users of Outlook and Microsoft® Exchange can continue to read and send emails via a web browser during an outage of their company's mail server or during a disaster. Ancoris will be…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:08

Mobile editing for iPad and smartphones in Google Apps

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17th November 2010 Google has announced a new document editor in Google Apps which allows real-time editing of cloud documents for mobile devices. This allows users of tablet devices such as the Apple iPad, Galaxy Tab and smartphones such as the iPhone, Android and others to read, create and edit Google Docs without requiring a PC.
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Tuesday, 08 June 2010 16:05

Ancoris set for growth in 2010

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BRACKNELL, United Kingdom - June 8, 2010. Bracknell-based Ancoris is a specialist integrator of cloud-computing, collaboration, security and service delivery solutions for the UK and Ireland, a leading Google Enterprise Partner and Preferred Partner of ScanSafe, now part of Cisco. The company has grown from strength to strength in 2009 and has hired five executives since the beginning of 2010,…
18th March 2010 Google has announced the general release of their Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange tool. Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange  (GAMME) aids in the migration of email and calendar data for companies moving from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps Email as part of a planned migration process. As the UK's leading Google Enterprise Partner for Google…
Sunday, 29 November 2009 19:32

Jaguar Land Rover hits the Google Apps road

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22nd October 2009 The latest major convert to Google Apps to be announced is Jaguar Land Rover. The vehicle manufacturer has placed an order for 15,000 seats of  Google Apps Premier Edition. Jeremy Vincent, CIO, speaking at Google's Atmosphere CIO Event, said, "Six or seven months ago I didn't know what cloud computing was but I was invited to speak…
Sunday, 29 November 2009 18:19

Rentokil to use Google's Apps cloud, biggest yet

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Mon Oct 12, 2009 It has been announced that Rentokil Initial has chosen Google's Enterprise Division to manage its email, making it the largest company to deploy Google Apps worldwide to date. The pest control to parcel delivery company employs over 35000 people and is looking to consolidate over 40 different email systems including Microsoft Exchange and migrate to Google…
Group Test Data Loss Prevention and Encryption Safend's Data Loss Prevention Suite recognised as Best Buy by SC Magazine in a Group Test of encryption and data loss prevention products.  The report also recognises the convergence of these two solution areas and the 5 star rating in all categories demonstrates Safend's leadership. {rokbox title=|SC Magazine Review :: Encryption 2009...| size=|700…
NetIQ AppManager for VMware Further Maximizes Hybrid Systems Management - Supports Adoption of VMware vSphere 4 May 19, 2009HOUSTON and LAS VEGAS “ NetIQ Corporation (Interop Booth #1119) today announced availability of NetIQ AppManager for VMware 7.6. This latest iteration of NetIQ's virtualization management technology extends support to VMware vSphere 4, the industry's first cloud operating system that enables organizations…