Don’t Have a Plan ‘B’

When the Grow team first discussed the very first edition of their Grow Exeter Magazine being about startup to scale up businesses, I immediately though of some of the companies we work with and the unique and frankly thoroughly impressive journeys they and their teams have been through. First, I should wish Dan, Llew and the Grow team the very best of luck in the launch of this publication and it’s only through their startup that Exeter now has its only dedicated business magazine and something we were keen to be involved in from the outset. It’s been tough choosing […]

Can your business cope with a disaster?

Exeter has recently been hit with some high profile disasters that affected the businesses involved and stopped them trading. How would your business cope in this scenario?  What happens if you come into the office and find the server room flooded or worse? A business continuity and disaster recovery plan covers all possible eventualities from data loss, prolonged power failures or internet outages and acts as a road map for the business to ensure they have the right IT support and solutions in place should the worst happen. If it does, there’s a ready-made plan to follow. IT Champion specialises […]

UK MoD to use Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure

The Ministry of Defence (MoD), which employs around 250,000 people, will use Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure cloud services, with the Government citing value for money and security as key reasons for the agreement. “Microsoft’s secure and transparent cloud service in the UK fits perfectly with the MoD’s digital transformation agenda,” said Mike Stone, Chief Digital and Information Officer at the MoD. “This agreement, which is based on Microsoft’s world-class reliability and performance, will allow us to deliver cost-effective, modern and flexible information capabilities. It will ensure we are better-placed in our ever-changing, digital-first world.”   By Matt Phillips, IT Champion –

Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery now available in UK

We’re pleased to announce Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery now available in the UK. Azure Backup – The Azure-based service you can use to back up (or protect) and restore your data in the Microsoft cloud. Azure Backup enables Azure IaaS VM backup as well as replace your existing on-premises or off-site backup solution with a cloud-based solution that is reliable, secure, and cost-competitive. Learn more about Azure Backup. Azure Site Recovery – Contributes to your BCDR strategy by orchestrating replication of on-premises virtual machines and physical servers. You replicate servers and VMs from your primary on-premises datacenter to […]

Microsoft Teams rolls out to Office 365 customers worldwide

Today, during a global webcast from Microsoft headquarters, we announced that Microsoft Teams—the chat-based workspace in Office 365—is now generally available in 181 markets and in 19 languages. Since announcing the preview in November, more than 50,000 organizations have started using Microsoft Teams, including Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Cerner Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Deloitte, Expedia, J.B. Hunt, J. Walter Thompson, Hendrick Motorsports, Sage, Trek Bicycle and Three UK. We’ve also introduced more than 100 new features to deliver ongoing innovation and address top customer requests. With more than 85 million active users, Office 365 empowers individuals, teams and entire organizations with the broadest […]

Helping communities bridge the digital divide with Office 365

Saeed Jabbar has spent the last two years building Inclusion, a non-profit determined to close the digital divide in his community of Queens, New York. By providing equal access to technology and job training, Jabbar is opening the information economy to those who are often overlooked. “Forty-seven percent of the workforce is [facing] some kind of automation in the next 25 years,” Jabbar says. “A lot of people are going to lose jobs, and we need to do something immediately to resolve that issue. Giving people coding skills is one of the first steps on that path, so they can […]

Microsoft UK Data Centres continue to build momentum

When we think of some of our most basic human needs – security, health, for instance – we recognise the great deal of trust we place on those who provide these services for us. They, in turn, recognise the tremendous responsibility for continually earning that trust. Against this context, we were pleased that The Ministry of Defence and the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust would turn to us, and be among the first customers to adopt the Microsoft Cloud when we opened our UK data centres. With its launch on 7th September Microsoft was officially the first global cloud […]