Recruitment specialist fully outsources IT and security to Microsoft
By David Axon, CIO, at Assured Recruitment Solutions Ltd – UnitingAmbition.com
"We are more than just recruitment - we are a talent solutions provider for high growth capital invested and private sector businesses going through periods of business transformation and merger & acquisition. Having won the British Business Award "Start up of the year" in our first year of operation, we continue to challenge the norm in the recruitment of permanent and contract staff, delivering real ROI and utilising innovative technology. We provide our clients with a range of talent solutions through 3 different channels – Leadership, Solutions and Select - ranging from a single hire to building entire teams.
Fast forward six years, and today we employ over 100 staff and operate throughout the UK from our HQ in Keele, Staffs. We are growing at such a fast pace - a further three UK offices are scheduled to open within the next 6 months. The company was placed #55 on the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 2012, and I predict we’ll be in a much higher position on this year’s list.
Since day one, we’ve been running the business on Microsoft Small Business Server, however, it was reaching end of life, unscalable and required regular reboots. In line with our rapid growth, we needed a new solution fast. We were already using a cloud-based CRM solution, so I’m really comfortable with cloud technology. In fact, I had actually trialled Office 365 in beta a couple of years ago, but back then it wasn’t right for us. However, our long term partner, Prompt PC, convinced me that Microsoft had really enhanced the solution and I should give it another go – with their expertise in setting up our system, I couldn’t believe the difference! It was a no brainer to move the entire business over to Microsoft Office 365.
Why? Because it’s a powerful platform that feels like an off the shelf solution. And all it needs is an internet connection. Office 365 gives me access to all of my apps wherever I am - I can just grab a lap top or any internet enabled device and go! And it’s so easy for me to add and manage new users – which is vital considering the speed at which we are growing - we could go from 100 to 1000 employees overnight. I actually added two new hires this morning.
Access to applications like Lync Online, SkyDrive and SharePoint Online has really helped the business move forward. I’m really looking forward to the Lync and Skype integration – it will change our business as it will be even easier to collaborate with our clients. We also use Windows Intune, offering us central control so we can push software installs and security updates across all of the offices over the country - simply from my desk or anywhere else for that matter!
Office 365 includes a firewall, security and backups which is making significant cost savings. It also includes Microsoft support as standard – which has reduced my support costs by 40% - nice surprise! And I am effectively making better use of our IT staff - my in house development team now focus on the coalface of the business as opposed to maintaining back office servers and troubleshooting.
Office 365 has been in operation for about 4-5 months now and I have no concerns regarding business continuity or disaster recovery. With Microsoft Office 365, not only is it saving me time and money, I’m confident that we are with a safe pair of hands and we can fully focus our efforts on developing our fast growing business operations. I couldn’t imagine working without it."
For more information regarding Assured Recruitment, please visit: www.UnitingAmbition.com
For more information regarding Prompt PC, please visit: www.promptpc.co.uk