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In a nutshell Windows Azure™ is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform.
Because it is provided by Microsoft and is one of, if not the most, secure hosting platforms in the world.
It allows Tricostar to develop applications in a cloud environment so that our clients have access to applications which they pay for on a consumption basis only, known as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), where the only requirement from a client’s perspective is a PC with web access.
It means our clients have no upfront capital costs for hardware, operating software and all the infrastructure costs associated with using your own hardware etc. All taken into account this can save up to 30% on a typical on-premise installation.
The result is that implementation times are a fraction of a normal in house implementation. You are completely flexible in the numbers accessing the application – you are not stuck with licences you have purchased when a department’s size decreases. Alternatively new users can be added and be up and running in a few hours if additional staff are required during peak periods.
Where clients have confidential data that they may wish to retain in house this data can be kept “inside” the organisation whilst the majority of data storage and transactions can be separated off into the Windows Azure environment saving very significant costs.
Tricostar’s first application running in Azure is its Time Recording application, Timebase247.
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“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