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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: December 2013


7 Compelling Reasons to Choose Life IT for IBM Domino Support

If you’re running your email and applications using IBM Domino, chances are you can’t live without it. Its powerful collaborative tools make working with partners and clients across the world easier than ever. For this reason, it’s important to choose an experienced, trustworthy supplier to provide IBM Domino support.

Life IT certainly fit the bill. They offer UK-wide support services for a wide range of platforms, including IBM Domino. So why choose Life IT as your IBM Domino support provider? Here are just seven of the many reasons…

1. Life IT can provide IBM Domino support services UK-wide

No matter where you’re based in the UK, Life IT can provide their IBM Domino support services to you. They can either visit you on-site or handle everything remotely – whichever suits you best.

2. Life IT offer support services for all aspects of IBM Domino

Whether you need application, operational or technical support, Life IT’s experts can help. They know every aspect of IBM Domino inside out and back to front – so you don’t have to.

3. Support for complex IBM Domino systems

No two IBM Domino systems are identical, and some are more complex than others. But there’s no need to worry if you choose Life IT for your IBM Domino support – their experts can handle even the most complex set-ups.

4. Life IT provide IBM Domino support at a time to suit you

Standard support times are during office hours, but Life IT know that not everyone works “standard office hours” these days – especially if you’re collaborating with teams in different time zones. For this reason, Life IT can provide 24/7 IBM Domino support should you need it.

5. Your IBM Domino system is monitored 24/7

Life IT’s IBM Domino support services include automated system monitoring. Should a potential issue arise, your support team at Life IT will be notified and they’ll resolve the issue remotely. What could be easier?

6. Life IT are an IBM-approved Premier Business Partner

You can rest assured you’re in safe hands with Life IT’s IBM Domino support team, as Life IT are IBM Premier Business Partners – which means they’re trusted by IBM to provide support services for their products.

7. Life IT can develop bespoke solutions for IBM Domino

Life IT can do so much more than provide support and administrative services for IBM Domino. They also have a team of talented coders and developers, who can develop bespoke applications for you to enhance and improve your IBM Domino experience.

Find out more about how could benefit from Life IT’s professional IBM Domino support services at www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/domino/domino-support.


Published Date: 19th December 2013
Category: General, IBM
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The Importance of Expert IBM Domino Administration

If you use IBM Domino and Lotus Notes, you want to be using this powerful platform to its full potential. The importance of expert administration is impossible to overstate and without a knowledgeable IBM Domino administrator in your team with the know-how to provide professional IBM Domino administration, where can you turn?

Try Life IT. As Premier Business Partners for IBM, Life IT offer a whole host of support, development and administration services for IBM Domino and many other platforms. Best of all, Life IT’s IBM Domino administration services are available to companies UK-wide, as everything can be handled remotely.

Here are just a handful of the many reasons why professional Domino administration is essential…

Maximise use of Disk Space

One of the great benefits of Domino 8.5 onwards is that it’s been designed to be “green” and energy-efficient. A well-administered Domino environment can reduce power consumption and resource usage, maximising the use of disk space. To make the most of this, it’s essential that your IBM Domino environment is well-administered.

Work at speed with IBM Domino

Time is money: it may be a cliché, but it’s also true. The faster you can work the better, so it’s vital to ensure your IBM Domino environment can keep up with you. To ensure that users and servers are managed efficiently the services of a knowledgeable Domino administrator are essential.

Efficient remote collaboration

As you know, one of the greatest benefits of using IBM Domino is that its collaboration tools are second-to-none. However, if these aren’t properly configured and maintained, you won’t be getting the best out of the improved collaboration, mobile and application development capabilities. A talented Domino administrator can help ensure the collaborative tools are optimised and configured correctly, making working quicker, easier and smoother.

Stop minor issues developing into serious problems

A good IBM Domino administrator will be skilled at managing servers and identifying potential issues, and will have the expertise to fix them quickly and thoroughly. Keep downtime to a minimum – remember, as we’ve already established, time is money!

Spot and plug security holes in your IBM Domino set-up

Any system needs robust security, and IBM Domino is no exception. One of your IBM Domino administration tasks should be to implement security features introduced in the latest version of Lotus Domino, including new encryption techniques, to ensure your security methods are up to date and effective. Not sure how to do this? Call on the services of an experienced IBM Domino administrator such as Life IT.

For more information on Life IT’s IBM Domino services, including Domino administration, support and bespoke application development, visit www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/domino.


Published Date: 19th December 2013
Category: General, IBM
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How your Working Life Will Benefit from the Services of a Microsoft SQL Programmer

When it comes to database management, few platforms offer the power, flexibility and customisability of Microsoft SQL. But to really make the most of it, the services of a Microsoft SQL programmer are highly recommended.

However, you’re unlikely to need to carry out Microsoft SQL programming every day, so employing a full-time SQL developer or even training up your existing team to program in SQL could be too costly to consider.

This is where Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) comes in. As Microsoft Partners with years of SQL experience, their team of expert coders can help you develop a bespoke solution for your precise database needs. Here’s how…

What will I get out of Microsoft SQL programming?

By commissioning Microsoft SQL programming, you’ll ultimately get well defined business rules, along with optimised code to handle complex processes on your servers – a more efficient and secure way of working.

Can’t I learn Microsoft SQL programming myself?

You could. But why would you? It would take years to reach the high level of knowledge and skill that Life IT can offer – especially if you’re a novice programmer. And the potential pitfalls a newbie SQL programmer could come across could cause you inconvenience at best – or damage your data integrity at worst. Much better to leave the SQL programming to experts such as Life IT.

How do I choose a Microsoft SQL programmer?

The more experienced a Microsoft SQL programmer is, the more likely they are to know the best tips and tricks. They’ll also develop your application faster, and are more likely to have useful, creative ideas about the best features to implement for your specific business needs. Life IT fulfil all of these criteria – and more besides…

What other Microsoft SQL services do Life IT provide?

In addition to Microsoft SQL programming, Life IT also offers a wide range of support services. They can help you install, upgrade, migrate or repair your Microsoft SQL Server environment. No matter what you need to do with SQL, and no matter where you’re located in the UK, Life IT’s expert team will have the ideal solution for you. They can access your Microsoft SQL Server set-up remotely, or visit your premises – whichever you prefer.

So find out more about Life IT’s Microsoft SQL programming services, including how they can help you develop bespoke solutions for your SQL environment. Visit www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/microsoft/microsoft-development today.


Published Date: 10th December 2013
Category: General



0% Financing on IBM Hardware and Software!

Throughout December 2013 Life IT can provide access to 0% finance on a wide selection of IBM hardware and software including:

    • Power servers
    • System X
    • Storwize
    • Software (New licences, excludes Lotus Live)

Financing can be provided on transactions between £5,000 and £320,000 subject to a satisfactory credit check.

To get access to 0% Financing please contact Mark Doorbar on 01625 547964.


Published Date: 3rd December 2013
Category: General, IBM