Softcat has had a strong start to 2015 with the award of its latest accolade, Adobe EMEA Reseller of the Year – the first time the platinum partner has achieved it.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Cloud Expo to join the Softcat managed services team for a drink, a bite to eat and an informal chat about all things cloud.
Last week Softcat threw open the doors to its brand new office in Leeds, decked out with games consoles, chill out areas and a colourful design, and is already scouting for new staff to fill the premises. It’s the second northern base and the fifth UK office for IT infrastructure provider Softcat, whose revenues reached £504 million last year.
Following hot on the heels of the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft is set to improve accessibility to its customer relationship management (CRM) solution – by making it available via Open Licensing subscription from February. Softcat anticipates significant interest from its customers, with transitioning to the cloud ranking as a top priority for many organisations.
From 1st July 2015, Microsoft’s on-premise User CAL (client access license) pricing will increase by approximately 15% across all on-premises CALs when licensed Per User. The increase will come into effect across volume licensing programs, including academic and government.
Last week Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 with the promise of the ‘best enterprise platform ever.’ This week, the Softcat presales team review some of the business focused features included in the new platform.
Softcat has gained its first new accreditation of 2015 – Platinum status in CommVault’s Partner Programme. This latest achievement makes Softcat one of just three similarly skilled channel providers of the software in the UK.
Softcat has become one of a limited number of IT providers to achieve IBM’s System x Specialty accreditation, just in time for the Lenovo transition. This latest accreditation puts Softcat in prime position to advise customers on IBM’s new System x M5 range of servers.
Microsoft has announced dramatic changes to its licensing options. From 1st December 2014 customers will be able to purchase from the brand new Enterprise Cloud Suite – a new product bundle consisting of the Office 365 E3 Suite, the Enterprise Mobility Suite and perhaps most interestingly a Windows SA per user subscription offering.
ShoreTel has upgraded Softcat’s partnership status to ‘Silver’ following months of intensive training across its unified communications and general sales teams. Softcat is ShoreTel’s first non-specialist telephony provider in the UK to have achieved Silver status.