Amicus ITS completes MBO

Amicus ITS MBO

Award winning Hampshire IT company, Amicus ITS, has announced the completion of a management buyout (MBO) by its Senior Management Team, led by Managing Director, Steve Jackson.

“The MBO transition will give us further flexibility to design new and exciting IT managed services tailored to our corporate and healthcare clients’ needs, as we keep at the forefront of new and emerging technologies.” 

Steve Jackson added:  “This is an exciting moment in the company’s 27 year history and represents a huge opportunity for the business to build on our reputation as one of the UK’s leading managed service providers. We have a very clear vision about our plans for the company’s strategic growth and expansion over the next five years and beyond.  We are actively expanding our strong partner base across the UK and are already working with other like minded organisations who share our values and vision to deliver improvements in the IT and security environments for businesses nationally”.

“Having expanded over the last five years, the company is going from strength to strength. This gives us the stability to underpin our future plans for strategic collaboration and growth. This MBO gives us even greater flexibility to design and bring to the market new and exciting IT managed services which truly meet and exceed our clients’ existing and future expectations”.   

By way of illustration Amicus ITS recently launched Cloud First, its all-encompassing IT support service dedicated for SMEs which includes a highly flexible and secure backup solution. Amicus ITS is leading the way in cyber security threat management and prevention across the UK.  The company was awarded official Government supplier status in 2015 for providing IT managed Services within the public sector, which is already yielding a number of sizeable opportunities and is also a confirmed supplier on the G-Cloud 7 digital marketplace for Cloud services.

Steve Jackson continued: “Despite the exciting developments within the organisation, it is very much business as usual. I am pleased to say that we will continue to work closely with Care UK who remain a valued customer of ours.  We provide the full spectrum of IT Managed Services for 10.4 million people in the UK for Out Of Hours services, illustrating our enterprise credentials.  The core of our business remains our 24×365 UK Service Desk and Network Operations Centre staff who monitor and support all our corporate and healthcare customers. They are the true backbone to keeping our customers’ mission critical and life critical services always-on. Having quality systems to leverage is clearly an advantage, but having a team of skilled and trained staff with eyes and ears always on, is a great differentiator”. 

“By understanding and aligning ourselves with our customer’s business strategies we aim to provide the best current and future support as their trusted partner in IT and new technologies”.

Anyone wishing for further information or details about any of ours services should call Sales Director, Les Keen on 02380 429429.

 

Amicus ITS shortlisted for major UK IT awards

Amicus ITS shortlisted for major UK IT awards

Two members of staff have been shortlisted in the prestigious UK IT industry awards.

JP Norman, Head of Technology & Governance has been shortlisted in the ‘Security Professional of the Year’ category, with Service Desk Analyst Mercedes Coombes, a Service Desk Level 2 Analyst, selected for ‘IT Service & Support Professional of the Year’.

The two Amicus ITS candidates will be facing tough competition and are up against entrants from Virgin Media, LV Insurance, National Grid, Lloyds Banking Group and KPMG.

The UK IT Awards, part of The Chartered Institute for IT, recognise excellence and outstanding performance throughout the UK computer industry. The awards focus on the contribution and achievements of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in their use and the successful development and deployment of IT in the past 12 months.

Amicus ITS Managing Director, Steve Jackson said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for what is one of the most important awards for our industry. It is an incredible achievement and deserved recognition for these individuals who bring innovation and insight into their roles to help our company provide an outstanding service to our clients.

“We are up against stiff competition from some of the biggest household names in the UK. Nonetheless, earlier this year we were crowned No.1 IT Managed Services Provider in the UK and Europe and placed 13th in the world earlier this year, against over 2,000 IT companies worldwide, so I firmly believe we have every potential to go the full distance and wish both JP and Mercedes every success as finalists.”

Winners will be announced at a glitzy awards ceremony taking place in London on the 12th November 2014.

This week’s technology news from Amicus ITS

Cloud security fundamental to BYOD

A recent study suggests that cloud computing plays a vital role in the success of BYOD in the work environment. The study stated that although 54% of respondents identified BYOD as an area for growth, 78% stated that the trend could pose a ‘significant’ risk to information security. We believe that with increased efforts to educate users on cloud computing, fears surrounding BYOD may begin to dispel and the benefits, including operational costs and user experience, can be rewarded.

NHS to become paperless by 2018

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced his plans for the NHS to become paperless by 2018. The NHS will be joining a list of organisations already paperless, including 38% of Fortune 1000, saving them costs of up to £4.4 billion. We believe that this is overly ambitious and the concept of a fully paperless office is far from reality.

Gartner show shift in PC market

This week Gartner have stated how there is a current “structural shift” in the PC market as tablet demand continues to grow. The research firm has stated that shipments of PC’s are down by 4.9%, due to users opting for tablet devices instead of laptops and PC’s. So what does this mean for mobile device management? We believe that this shift will continue through 2013 and into 2014 with mobile devices becoming more prevalent in the workplace as they become more adaptable for the workforce.

What technology skills will be needed in 2013?

MSP mentor have released a list for top technology skills needed in 2013. Topping the list for in-demand technology knowledge include; business intelligence, mobile projects and cloud technology. These skills can cover a multiple of sins including, virtualisation, big data and app development. We believe a number of organisations have already made the move in understanding mobile and cloud technology.  However, business intelligence is still seen as a specialist area, and requires a different level of expertise and investment for organisations to fully understand and capitalise on this opportunity.

New Year, New Technologies

With so much information in the public domain it’s difficult to get a snap shot of the areas which are important and how it affects you, so here’s my breakdown for the week.

Gartner Says Worldwide IT Spending Forecast to Reach $3.7 Trillion in 2013

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.7 trillion in 2013, a 4.2 percent increase from 2012 spending of $3.6 trillion, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. The 2013 outlook for IT spending growth in U.S. dollars has been revised upward from 3.8 percent in the 3Q12 forecast.  Time to increase marketing expenditure!

NHS needs to embrace future technologies

This week Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, stated that the NHS needs to embrace future technologies in order to improve patient care and reduce costs.  This comes as no surprise as many other industries are beginning to see the substantial rewards associated with using advancing technologies.  By doing this we believe embracing future technologies enables the NHS to reduce costs, free up hospital bed space,  practioners time, whilst offering a vast range of new healthcare solutions.

CES 2013

At this year’s annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Lenovo demonstrated its sought after preview of the new Idea Centre Horizon Table PC, a 27-inch all in one desktop with around the house portability.  This new product has been especially designed for multiple use, where up to four people can use the device at any given time.  It is to be seen if this design can be used in a wide range of environments, which one maybe the hospitality industry.

2013: make or break for Blackberry

RIM has been busy creating its new touchscreen OS for Blackberry’s upcoming phone and tablet.  BlackBerry 10, which is expected to be released worldwide this quarter, has the support of all major UK and US carriers.  This is a good start for the upcoming platform, however, we believe this is truly the make or break year for RIM whose market share has been falling steadily over the past few years.

Cloud Computing in 2013

The Government have announced their plans to pledge £5 million in R&D to address the perceived issues hindering the adoption of cloud computing.   We envisage, with the help of this Government funding scheme, this year organisations will begin to let go of their security qualms and the adoption curve for cloud computing will take off.

This week’s news from the MD of Amicus ITS

Let’s end the confusion on Windows 8  

Since the launch of Windows 8, consumers have been primarily focused on the impact Microsoft’s latest OS will have on mobility. Although this plays an important role, the other key components of Windows 8 must also be explored.  Next week Amicus ITS are holding a Windows 8 event at Microsoft’s HQ in Reading, to demonstrate all of its offerings.  The event will feature what Windows 8 can offer to the corporate world through demonstrations, as well as explaining how to effectively manage a mobile work environment. 

Top Malware trends of 2013

With the recent increase in global security breaches, MSP mentor have revealed the top malware trends of 2013.  Trends for 2013 include; increased attacks on Google Chrome, malware that has the capability to invade virtual machines, and the introduction of native 64-bit Windows malware.  We believe organisations need to take a good look at what procedures are currently implemented and what they need to change.  

Mobility brings big changes to the market

The release of Microsoft’s latest device, the Surface Pro, is just around the corner.  As more and more users are taking advantage of mobility and connectivity on-the-go, we think the market is set to change.  Consumers now want to accomplish more with their tablet, performing the same tasks (including Word and Excel) that they could in the office. However, this doesn’t just refer to devices; applications play a large part too.  As users turn to alternative online communications tools, such as free messaging and email, SMS messaging has seen its first decline since mobile phones began.

 SME’s need to embrace the Cloud  

Gartner have recently suggested that Cloud Computing is set to be one of the biggest trends of 2013, and with a vast amount of SME’s yet to embrace the cloud, there is still great opportunity for growth.  The Cloud offers numerous benefits for SME’s, including cost effectiveness, operational efficiencies and scalability.  We believe that with clear education and a protected security procedure put in place, Cloud Computing can change not only large corporations but SME’s as well.