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  • A world of support

    A world of support

    Life IT specialises in support and consultancy for our customers' entire IT environments, no matter what the platform, applications and business objectives - providing a unified solution to tackle complex system requirements.

    Our flexible support contracts offer far more than the standard insurance provided through legacy maintenance agreements. Life IT customers are assured of the highest levels of availability for any eventuality, with our proactive approach to maximising system uptime.

    This unified solution saves our customers a significant amount of time and budget, with just one contract providing them with a whole world of support.

  • Support


    Life IT specialises in support for IBM POWER, IBM Lotus Domino and Microsoft environments. We provide any combination of application, operational and technical support, no matter how current your environment is and no matter how long support is projected for. We tackle complex systems where a combination of requirements would normally mean that more than one party is required.

  • Domino


    Life IT provides a full range of Lotus Notes and Domino services, from administration and implementation through to application development and support.

    IBM Domino products provide a multi-platform foundation for collaboration and e-business, driving solutions from mail and instant messaging through to CRM and web based transactions.

  • System i

    System i

    IBM System i (formerly iSeries & AS/400) is one of the most flexible servers on the market today.

    As an IBM Premier Business Partner, Life IT have a powerful range of solutions and services, which enhance this flexibility to ensure your systems security and ensure high availability.

  • Development


    If, like many of our clients, you operate in a dynamic environment then you need a business partner who can update and modify your applications to meet your changing needs. We recognise that few organisations have a single development toolset. We offer our clients the widest range of skills and support including IBM, Microsoft and Java technologies.

    Whatever technologies you use we can get disparate systems talking to each other, better connect you with your customers and suppliers, reduce administration overheads and streamline processes.

Monthly Archives: January 2013


Life IT – Why Choose IBM Power Systems For Your Server?

Buying a server for your business can be a nightmare. With so many brands and models in the marketplace, ensuring you have the optimal IT infrastructure installed is a difficult task, even for the most knowledgeable IT manager.

Well-established IT consultants Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) can help. Offering a UK-wide support service for IT environments, they have an enviable reputation for customer service and extensive knowledge of all things IT related. One of the ranges they recommend is IBM Power Systems – and here’s why…

High quality technology from a name you can trust

It goes without saying that IBM is a name with which everyone involved in IT is very familiar. Established in 1911, IBM have been at the forefront of computing for over a century. They have a well-deserved reputation for cutting-edge technology – so when it comes to IT, IBM are truly a name that you can trust.

And when it comes to IBM Power Systems, you can certainly trust Life IT. They’re one of IBM’s Premier Business Partners, and their support teams are fully accredited with the latest IBM certifications. Whether you’re looking to buy a new IBM Power Systems server, or looking for a support contract for your existing infrastructure, Life IT can help you.

Years of evolution

IBM Power Systems have evolved from a long line of high-quality, reliable, cutting-edge servers. IBM’s Power Systems infrastructure provides faster, higher-quality service – meaning you’ll outperform your competitors in terms of both speed and reliability.

And Life IT can help you get the most out of your server. They can install and configure it to meet your specific requirements, and their support team will ensure everything’s kept up-to-date with the latest software. Need out of hours support? No problem – Life IT’s flexible support contracts can be tailored to suit you.

Servers to suit your needs

IBM Power Systems come in a wide range of models. Whether you’re buying equipment for a medium or large business, there’ll be something that suits your needs.

Life IT can help you choose the right IBM Power Systems server for your business. Their friendly team of experts is just a phone call away, and they can even help you arrange finance to purchase your new hardware.

End to end service from Life IT

Well-established IT support specialists Life IT provide a friendly, helpful end-to-end service. Their knowledgeable staff can help you choose your server, install and configure it, and provide a support package to suit you, all with the highest standards of customer service.

Life IT are IBM Premier Business Partners, and their support teams have all the latest IBM certifications – so you know your equipment is in safe hands.

Life IT offer their flexible support packages UK-wide, so wherever you are, they’ll keep your sever up and running efficiently and securely.

To find out more about IBM Power Systems and Life IT’s full range of products and services, visit www.lifeit.co.uk.


Published Date: 27th January 2013
Category: IBM



Five Situations For Which Microsoft SQL Support Is Essential

Whether you’re considering a new Microsoft SQL installation, or you’re already up and running, you’ll want to make sure you’re configured for optimum performance, security and stability. Your in-house IT staff will keep things running smoothly day to day, but unless they’re SQL specialists, there will be times a little bit of expert help, guidance and insight will come in handy.

As well-established experts providing high quality IT solutions UK-wide, Life IT can help with all aspects of Microsoft SQL admin, support and development. They’ve highlighted five situations in which the help of an SQL expert is essential…

1.       SQL implementation

With its impressive power and flexibility, it’s easy to see why Microsoft SQL is such a popular choice. But if it’s not properly installed, you won’t see any of these benefits. To get the best possible performance, reduce the likelihood of failures and to ensure security is tight, it’s highly recommended that you call on the services of an SQL expert.

 2.       Health checks and system monitoring

Once your Microsoft SQL installation is up and running efficiently, you’ll want to ensure it stays that way. Constant system monitoring and regular health checks can catch potential issues before they become problems. To effectively and promptly identify such issues, it’s best to choose a knowledgeable provider of SQL admin services.

 3.       Disaster recovery

Although you may never need to worry about disaster recovery procedures, it’s crucial to be prepared for the unexpected. To minimise data loss and disruption, and get your SQL installation back up and running as quickly as possible, it’s strongly recommended that you use the services of dedicated SQL experts if you find yourself in this position.

 4.       Upgrades and migration

We all know the high speed at which technology evolves. While your current server may be state-of-the-art today, eventually you’ll need to upgrade. Getting this right is just as important as your initial SQL implementation – so you’ll want to make sure it’s done quickly and professionally to minimise downtime and ensure optimal performance.

 5.       Bespoke application development

If you need your SQL database to perform tasks that it can’t do out of the box, it’s possible to develop bespoke applications to allow total customisation. But unless you have a programmer on your IT team, you’ll need to call in a specialist in SQL coding.

Life IT can help with all of the above situations – and more – wherever you are in the UK. They can assist with SQL implementation, ensure everything’s running smoothly and efficiently (and fix it if it isn’t), keep everything up to date and even develop bespoke SQL applications for you.

Find out more about Life IT’s Microsoft SQL services and flexible support contracts at www.lifeit.co.uk.


Published Date: 22nd January 2013
Category: Microsoft, SQL Support



Need Microsoft SQL Support? Here’s How To Choose Your Provider…

Microsoft SQL provides a powerful server infrastructure which, like all servers, requires regular support to ensure optimum performance. While your in-house IT team may be able to handle the day-to-day running, it’s highly likely that, at some point, you’ll need specialist help.

As well-established experts in providing high quality IT services UK-wide, what Life IT  don’t know about Microsoft SQL isn’t worth knowing. They’ve highlighted some important factors to consider when choosing a provider to support your SQL installation…

A service contract tailored for you

No two businesses are identical, so it follows that no two SQL implementations are identical. For this reason, avoid providers offering a “one size fits all” approach to support. Tailor your service package to suit the needs of your business and your servers and you’ll enjoy more efficient, better value SQL admin support.


It’s this ethos of flexible service contracts that’s earned Life IT an enviable reputation for quality and service. And thanks to their high level of knowledge and experience, they can provide support for and solutions to the most complex of SQL installations.

 Optimised for the present, prepared for the future

High quality Microsoft SQL support will, of course, ensure your server is fully optimised, stable and secure. Your server should have regular healthchecks and performance tuning carried out to get the best from it. And it’s inevitable that you’ll need to upgrade or migrate your server at some point, so choose a provider who can do this for you.

Life IT’s expert teams offer all aspects of SQL admin, with 24/7 monitoring to ensure everything’s running smoothly. What’s more, their services include SQL development – so if you require bespoke applications in the future, they have the skills and experience you’ll need.

Support and advice whenever you need it

It can be impossible to predict when you’ll need to access your support team, so it’s important to choose a provider who’s available whenever you need them. For many businesses support during regular office hours will suffice, while for others 24/7 availability is essential.

Life IT’s support infrastructure is available from 9am to 6pm 365 days a year as standard – but full 24/7 cover is available if you need it. Not sure? Life IT can help you choose the level of service that works best for you.

If you’d like to find out more about how Life IT can get the best from your Microsoft SQL server – including their full range of SQL programming, implementation, admin, development and support services – visit www.lifeit.co.uk or call 01625 547979


Published Date: 15th January 2013
Category: Microsoft, SQL Support



In a class of their own! Life IT helps HCSS develop the right solution

When the UK’s leading educational management specialist needed to develop a new product, HCSS turned to Life IT to provide innovative thinking
along with the necessary expert design and build skills to help them meet the tight deadline.

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Published Date: 9th January 2013
Category: General