Coffee break

I am data, continued…..

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Life as a salary figure in a spreadsheet can get a bit tedious, especially when it remains the same number for years!  I decided to look for a new career.  I found a job as a temperature figure in a home energy analysis system at a government agency specialising in energy innovation.

I started in a home hub (securely tested using the latest IoT techniques) and made my way to head office across a high speed 500 MBPS link.  I was then modelled with lots of other energy related data on a powerful Dell blade using VMWare as part of a larger Dell chassis across an SSD SAN in a state of the art data centre.  Later that night I was backed up by Veeam and stored on separate media where I met another piece of data (a sparky megawatt measurement) and I asked him out for a coffee if we get restored back onto the SAN.

Luckily enough, we were restored in a DR scenario and met for a coffee.  We linked up again as the modelling process started again.  We both felt secure on the network because Palo Alto defending the network periphery, Sophos was also protecting us and a recent Cyber Essentials certification gave us peace of mind to relax.  The final modelling report was sent using Microsoft 365.

Perhaps another coffee tomorrow he asked, I replied, “Yes why not!”

Thanks goes to the Audent consortium for providing and supporting the data centre, high speed internet, Palo Alto, VMWare, Veeam, Dell chassis and blades, SAN, Sophos, Microsoft 365, the IoT penetration test, Cyber Essentials gap analysis and certification.  This was made possible by our 600 resources, 300 vendors and 10 consortium members who specialise in meeting enterprise IT requirements.  To find out more contact us at enquiries@audent.co.uk

Coffee break

Audent, Microsoft Surface Commercial Partner

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After investing in a Surface Pro as my main device for day to day work, I have been very pleased with the excellent build quality, reliability and it is a real productivity tool.  (Boot times are almost instant, no need to make a coffee whilst the machine boots up).  The Surface Pen even feels just like a real pen and paper using OneNote when I make meeting notes.  (Not only that you can programme the pen button to do things like move to the next slide in Power Point).   The Italian, Alcantara detachable keyboard is beautifully crafted and has a real mechanical feel.

We like the device so much we became a Microsoft Surface Commercial Partner.  A bit like Victor Kiam!  (If you can remember him, then we know how old you are:)!

We now have deal registration capability, additional discounts on all commercial Surface products.  This Commercial programme will be the only route to get Windows 10 Pro moving forward as Windows 10 Home edition will be on consumer devices.  BitLocker is one very important extra available with Windows pro, ticking boxes for 27001 and GDPR.  Here is a full list of Pro extra features:

  • BitLocker to encrypt external drives
  • Remote Desktop to access your PC while away from home or the office
  • Hyper-V for running virtual machines
  • Join Azure Active Directory to connect your school or business network to the cloud
  • Join a Domain to connect your PC to a private business network.

If you are considering these brilliant devices and peripherals, then look no further.  Contact us at sales@audent.co.uk

We would be happy to help you get productive without going over budget.

www.audent.co.uk

 

Cyber Essentials

ACE Cyber Essentials Plus services make a difference working with the Audent Consortium. A bit of history.

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The original CESG 10 steps to cyber security in 2012 led to an evolution in security positioning.  Cyber Essentials was born on the back of custodians of IT security wanting more guidance and detail than the 10 steps programme.  Developed by government and industry the NCSC (was CESG) now has 5 certification bodies and have successfully helped to train many consultants to become accredited Cyber Essentials Practitioners or ACE practitioners.

Being an ACE practitioner is not the end of the story at Audent.  Our ACE practitioners, (often experienced in other areas of security governance such as 27001 and PCI) bring real world security experience to the table.  Our experiences at the Ministry of Justice, YJB, The Supreme Court, Energy Systems Catapult Warwick Manufacturing Group and Warwick University have been based on practical gap analysis and an eye on ensuring they are as secure as possible, within budget.  We are not an organisation that is prescriptive, each customer has their own challenges and particular areas that need more attention.  Our Cyber Essentials remediation advice is in plain English and we will debate the best route to get Cyber Essentials without cutting corners.

Cyber Essentials is based heavily on preventing attacks from the internet, yet we have detailed knowledge about all attack vectors assisted with a separate team of advanced penetration testers.  Complimented with our consortium of 10 separate, specialist companies.  We have in depth knowledge of infrastructure from servers to firewalls and security software enabling us to fully guide each client with a practical remediation.  In many cases we are asked to architect a remediated environment for the client and assist with implementation using our pool of 600 experts.  Check Point, Palo Alto, Cato, Forcepoint, Cisco, Symantec, Veeam, Fortinet, IBM, Dell and HP are just a few of our vendors where we have accredited consultants.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to talk real world Cyber Essentials and everything that surrounds successful IT security!  Contact us.

Consultative selling

Audent. Here for the long haul, unlike some others.

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Audent grows from strength to strength based on long term, strategic partnerships with clients since 2010.

We are a consortium of 10 separate, specialist companies spanning the most important areas of IT.  600 resources and over 250 vendors gives us so many opportunities to add real value.  Here is one journey we have had with a client spanning 8 years:

1.   In 2010 we were asked to provide a WiFi router to this strategic client, we were price competitive and delivered quickly.

2.  We were invited to help with the provision of the security estate and implemented, Check Point, Clearswift and Cisco ASA.

3.  We also provide 24/7 help desk support for the security estate.

4.  Won a bid to implement online backup.

5.  Delivered a market analysis of anti-virus products to replace Sophos, the client chose Symantec for 350 users.

6.  Won the bid for a new storage environment with EMC for the NAS, coupled with Cisco and Dell to complete the   implementation.

7.  Introduced Vodafone to replace EE on 350 handsets.  Won the contract with £30,000 extra hardware fund together with completely funded Microsoft 365 environment for 350 users.

8.  Delivered the latest Windows phones to complete the mobile working enablement capability.
We were invited to write a five year IT strategy with our interim CIO over a 6 month period, working closely with key stakeholders to really understand what the business needed. Delivered the strategy.

9.  Also invited to bring on board our interim IT Manager to deliver the strategy over 4 years as part of the customer team.
Implemented Microsoft 365 with our Microsoft cloud team on time.

10.  A stronger reliance on cloud drove the requirement to replace aging internet connectivity and Audent won the public bid with delivery of dual 200 Mbps circuits.

11.  Won a bid to implement WiFi on seven floors working with Cisco and Cisco Meraki.

12.  Converted all hardware warranties across the estate to reduce warranty costs by over 30%. SLAs range from 4 hours to next business day.

13.  Our resourcing division was successful in placing two engineers to assist with managing IT and support under the newly appointed IT Manager who was recently promoted.

14.  Successfully completed a pen test and instead of simply handing a remediation report to them, we met and discussed how to remediate using our infrastructure knowledge.  We also offered unlimited remediation advice at no charge.  We are focussed on making our clients more secure rather than simply ticking a pen test tick box.

15.  The partnership continues…

The Result

We have grown with our customer and we are seen as an integral component of the IT capability, remaining preferred supplier based on a proven track record.  The customer benefits from our pool of resources and excellent prices from diverse routes to market.  All of the above projects have been sourced through the Audent consortium, making procurement much easier. References on request.

Coffee break

Great facilities at Arrow ECS in London.

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Just working out of the Arrow ECS offices in London.  Great facilities which are made available to resellers and virtual systems integrators like the Audent consortium.

Arrow distribute market leading products which are used by many of the Audent client base from Check Point to Veeam.  They have also helped us close Juniper business over the years too.

Thanks to Arrow for your hospitality and a great environment when we are in town to grow our business moving into the final quarter of 2018.

Consultative selling

I am Data

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Hi, I am Data, I am a salary in a spreadsheet.  This is what I did today.

Initially I was emailed and went through the Exponential-e data centre to my head office where I was met by Clearswift and a Check Point firewall.  Then I went through a Cisco 2960 switch and flew across an office via Meraki WiFi to a Dell OptiPlex desktop where I shook hands with Symantec AV (how polite) and encrypted using Galaxkey so that no one could read me.  I then found myself stored on an EMC NAS which I noticed was very fast and made me dizzy.  Then I was picked up on a windows mobile using Meraki WiFi again and sent securely to a member of HR via the Vodafone network.

The whole time I knew I was safe because the systems were recently pen tested and the technical team acted on remediation recommendations documented in their Solarwinds Help Desk software.

Thanks to you all at Audent for providing and supporting Cisco, Meraki, Check Point, Clearswift, Dell, Symantec, Galaxkey, EMC, Vodafone, the mobiles, the pen test, Solarwinds Help Desk and recruiting the support team.

What a day, I wander what tomorrow will bring?  I hope I don’t get deleted.

Hope to see you all soon.

Regards

Data.

To find out more about Audent contact us at enquiries@audent.co.uk

Supplier consolidation

Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.

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Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.  This is exactly what the Audent commodities division is achieving with our corporate clients on the smaller items in their IT budgets where the total spend adds up.

Audent has a strong focus on enterprise projects impacting businesses in a positive way to become more agile and competitive.  Yet over the years our clients have asked us to help with the supply of commodities such as laptops, keyboards and mice to assist with supplier consolidation.

Fast, accurate and close attention to detail.

Headed up by Andy Hayward our Commercial Manager and a team of five expediters we have over 200 suppliers to work with.  Andy aims for a fast response, accurate delivery information and close attention to detail.

Accreditations with the top hardware and software vendors help us get more discount to share with clients and make the most of their budgets.  From HP to Dell and excellent hardware warranties up to 30% cheaper than manufacturers.  Why not give us an opportunity to quote and see what we can do to stretch your budgets.  See our product range.