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Have you heard the phrase ‘Cloud Computing’ or ‘Software-as-a-Service’? Did you wonder what it meant and how it might affect your business? Tricostar specialise in providing cloud computing and software as a service, or SaaS as it is known, to a huge range of corporate and Public Sector Clients.
Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted IT applications over the internet. Tricostar take care of the IT while you take care of business. All you need is a PC and an internet connection to work. And with 71% of small businesses not having an in-house IT person, cloud computing allows you to access the latest technology with ease.
Tricostar were one of the first companies to offer hosted applications to government departments for cloud computing. All our customers soon realised the benefits of this new way of working and continue to enjoy reliable systems that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. The London Borough of Ealing saved over £50,000 in their first year of going to the cloud – Read their story here.
System upgrades take place remotely and even training can be delivered over the internet. Reducing the carbon footprint and working around your schedule.
Software as a Service – SaaS is software applications developed by Tricostar in a cloud environment currently using the Windows Azure platform. It gives our clients access to government applications which they pay for on a consumption basis only.
Tricostar’s first product to be delivered on the software as a service – SaaS model is Timebase247, 100% corporate web-based time recording in the cloud.
Data stored in secure, well-protected data centres is likely to be safer than information on your laptop or a server in your office. Vendors have a big stake in keeping intruders out, viruses down and data backed up and the expertise and resources to do it.
Cloud computing also makes your business more resilient. For example, if you lose your PC, you can just login from another computer and carry on working. All your data is stored ‘in the cloud’ and not on the missing computer.
Tricostar provide 100% Web-based applications to the government and have been since the year 2000, years ahead of our closest competitors. We now host applications for over 7 local and central government departments and this is rapidly growing as customers realise the potential savings involved.
Socitm: Cloud’s more revolutionary than the PC
“The advent of cloud computing could have a greater impact on public-sector IT than the PC revolution did in the 1980s”
By Tim Ferguson, silicon.com, 24th February 2009
Society of Information Technology Management
Source: ZDNET UK – Read the full article.
G-cloud Would Help Government Save
The annual Westminster IT budget is more than £15bn but the coalition could reduce this by moving the public sector on to secure clouds
Jemima Kiss, guardian.co.uk, 21st June 2010
Source: guardian.co.uk – Read the full article.
Government To Set Up Own Cloud Computing System
UK cloud computing strategy could save up to £3.2bn a year, says Cabinet Office
Charles Arthur, Technology Editor, guardian.co.uk, 27th Janaury 2010
Source: guardian.co.uk – Read the full article.
“The advantages of using [Timebase] for workflow are substantial ... our processes are always followed correctly. All the relevant documentation is presented, with information populated in all the right places... Fareeza Sheik, Epping Forest District Council
“It (Timebase) helps us to deliver best value for council tax payers money... we are streets ahead in being able to face an uncertain future with confidence.” Sally Longmate, Suffolk County Council
“Court Bundling has been a godsend. Without it, we couldn’t have coped with the workload and would have had to employ more fee earners” Julie Grant, Head of Legal Services, Stockton-on-Tees Council
“By opting for an externally hosted service, we saved 50,000 at start-up and have saved 10,000 to 15,000 every year since in on-going support” Nick Senior, Business Manager, London Borough of Ealing
“The in-house legal team at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has used Timebase for over 11 years.... The practical and technical support from Tricostar is second to none.” Don Pitts, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
“We wanted a web-enabled system that had a centralised database, was easy to control, easy to maintain ... and worked wherever the assembly member might be.” Brian Davidge, Head of ICT and Broadcasting, National Assembly for Wales
“We are pleased with the Court Bundling Trials and the support we have received ... We hope to realise significant savings in our consumables which will help us to sustain service levels and return better value for money” Forsyth Hill, Leeds City Council
“The solution (iSupport) has enhanced the professionalism of our service and the consistency of information to customers by keeping our customer-facing staff and engineers up-to-date on queries reaching the help desk.” Stuart McKay, Panasonic UK
“We wanted to have a European partner with a deep understanding of incident management and different underlying technologies, Lotus Domino in this case, and Tricostar fitted these criteria perfectly.” Kari Jarnstrom, Uponor, Finland
“Quite simply, iSupport is a high quality product. It allows us to operate an efficient service across a large group of people. It is also a source of valuable information in allowing us to monitor trends which means we can respond efficiently.” Dominic Nash, Debenhams