risual newsletter–progress issue5

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Wow! What a year!

As 2011 draws to a close Richard, John and Alun are reflecting on the exciting developments that risual has faced both as an organisation and with our customers. Over the last twelve months risual has helped customers:

  • develop their Windows 7 deployments through jumpstarts and Proof of Concepts
  • simplify the move to a Cloud infrastructure using System Center
  • drive out telephony costs and improved collaboration by deploying Lync and Exchange 2010
  • collaborate internally and with their customers better using SharePoint and CRM
  • globally with a diverse range of customers from Blue Light and Local Government to Retail Fashion, Finance and Legal

To date, no other Microsoft partner in the UK has delivered more Windows 7 Jumpstart Proof of Concept engagements.

Here’s to 2012, the Olympics, major Microsoft releases and many more opportunities to support our customers business objectives through technology.

System Center 2012 is almost here…
Having just completed the System Center 2012 road show event in Manchester, where our friends at Paul Smith presented on their experiences to a capacity crowd, our minds are turning to wrapping presents, devouring mince pies and a well-earned rest.

In Redmond, meanwhile, they are hard at work putting the finishing touches to the 2012 wave of System Center products with significant investments in Operations Manager which will bring better cross platform support and network monitoring; Virtual Machine Manger delivering a more cloud and service centric approach to virtualisation management; to the new user centric approach of Configuration Manager

Take the pain out of budget planning with ROCR…


Identify tactical savings and support your new year budget planning in good time for April with risual’s Operational
Cost Review.

risual recognise the cyclical pain that both Public and Private Sector organisations have to go through each year. But with the constraints around spending getting ever tighter and the constant pressure to reduce cost without impacting Service Delivery, it makes any budget planning exercise a daunting task and one that requires detailed work in a busy time for everyone.

risual can help….Read More…



risual is committed to making our customers successful, and this begins with delivering the highest quality of service within the timeframes that are critical to our customers operations.
risual Support Services (RSS) offers unparalleled levels of support and guarantees customers a smooth experience therefore operating and maintaining support cover throughout Christmas and New Year (24X7x365).
During the festive break, RSS will ensure business continuity at a time when resource may be low and another freeze captures our shores. The snow may fall to give us a white Christmas, but you are assured that RSS will be there whatever the weather to proactively monitor your infrastructure and patch the environment to ensure it does not fall behind – allowing you to concentrate on opening your gifts from Santa!!!

The risual team grows



Matthew further bolsters our team of subject matter experts in our System Center practice. Matthew brings a broad set of skills across the System Center suite and years of experience across both public and private sectors, delivering at complexity and scale. As a key member of the Project Management Office Phillippa has a strong background in administration and excellent organisation skills, Philippa fronts the Project Management Office, co-ordinating the efficient delivery of the the Technical Consulting team. Joining the Collaboration practice Mike brings 10 experience in the IT industry working across Finance, Insurance and the Legal sectors. His experience ranges from Developer to IT Professional covering all versions SharePoint Portal Server 2001 to SharePoint 2010.


System Center 2012 pre-launch..
As one of the key partners with strong skills and experience in helping customers to save money and improve IT Service Delivery using Microsoft System Center tools, risual was chosen by Microsoft co-host the System Center 2012 preview event in Manchester on 6th December. Over 150 customers attended to learn about more about the exciting, new System Center 2012 solutions and how they can take the next steps to gain value from these solutions with assistance from risual.

For more information on risual’s Systems Management offerings please click
For more information on System Centre 2012, read here.

As a key partner of Microsoft’s around System Center, risual can gain access to additional funds to assist you with planning and deployment of System Center and Private Cloud solutions.

Customer Immersion Experience Event

risual hosted two Customer Immersion Experience (CIE) workshops in Manchester on 6th December at which customers were able to see and experience the latest versions of Microsoft technologies such as Windows 7, Office 2010, Office 365, SharePoint, Lync and Dynamics CRM.

If you missed out on this event, you can see these solutions in action again on the “Microsoft Productivity Days” that risual is delivering in conjunction with Microsoft on January 25th at our offices in Stafford and on 13th February at Microsoft Cardinal Place in London.

For more details and to register for one of these events please click here

Police data centre event

On 29th November Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and risual ran an event hosted by Wiltshire Constabulary at their headquarters in Devises. The title of the event was “How to improve service with lower costs from Police data-centres”. Attendees from several forces came along to learn about how Police forces are reducing costs and improving service delivery using solutions from, Microsoft, HP and risual and looked at real case examples on how costs are being significantly reduced in Police data-centres.

We are running another event hosted by Greater Manchester Police at their new headquarters on 1st February 2012. For more information and to register for that event please click here

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