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    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

    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

    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

    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.

Category Archives: Microsoft

30 
Apr

IBM i 7.3 Announcement

In April of 2016, IBM announced the IBM i 7.3 release, which will be generally available on April 15, 2016.

As an IBM approved Premier Business Partner, we work with companies like yours to support all your IBM needs, including that of the new IBM i 7.3.

Steve Will, Chief Architect at IBM said:

“These days, everyone wants to get more information from the data which is running their businesses. They want “insight” on how that data affects business. On an IBM i system, of course, DB2 is where that data is stored. DB2, like all databases with a long, successful history, is designed specifically to do transaction processing, because transaction processing is at the heart of running a business. However, over the years, as CIOs & CTOs came to take transactions for granted, they started asking their IT and application departments to get more value out of the data. For example, they started asking questions about what their business data looked like in the past.”

He followed this with:

IBM i 7.3 introduces a new technology, built into DB2, to handle this sort of business problem: DB2 Temporal Support. Once again, DB2 is providing a “data-centric” way to deal with a whole class of requirements. As of 7.3, DB2 tables can be identified as needing to have their history tracked, and DB2 will automatically store older versions of the data as it gets updated. This allows for very simple, natural queries to be written to ask questions such as “What was in this table six months ago?” or “What was the state of the table on June 1?” This is the kind of insight many business leaders want, and now DB2 can be set up to simply make this kind of insight a simple matter of running a query.”

If you would like to know more about the new IBM i 7.3, then please feel free to contact us.

 

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Published Date: 30th April 2016
Category: IBM, Microsoft, New Releases


 

24 
Nov

Life Support?

Everybody today is so reliant on IT in all aspects of our life that when we are without it we feel helpless. With Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/microsoft/microsoft-sql-server-support) behind your business it really is as if you have ‘life support’. You can rest assured that you can continue with all your operations and systems, as Life IT can help to maintain all your IT needs from programming to development to support – keeping your business running smoothly.

Life IT support Microsoft SQL

In particular, Life IT support Microsoft SQL server databases and applications, with tailored solutions to suit your business and operational requirements. Plus by writing bespoke applications for your business, we can ensure that your systems are optimised, stable and secure as well as future proofed.

What does the Life IT Microsoft SQL support include?

Apart from involving highly knowledgeable and skilled IT technicians and programmers to support your operation and/or business management, Life IT support can also include:

  • Healthchecks
  • Performance Tuning
  • Database Administration
  • 24 x 7 Monitoring
  • Upgrades & Migrations
  • Application Development

With each of our customers we like to draw up a flexible managed support contract, which is a bespoke arrangement to ensure we are providing IT support for your company in the most efficient and thorough manner, at a level which is appropriate for your business.

Life IT are not just about IT though, we pride ourselves in building strong relationships with our customers and learning about your business, so that we can ensure a seamless service between our technicians and your analysts or IT department.

Getting the most from your Microsoft SQL Server

It is important that your business gains the maximum benefit from your Microsoft Server databases and applications. Life IT not only provide services to support your Microsoft SQL system, but we can also help with installation and/or upgrades. Our experienced IT certified consultants have expertise in planning, implementation, administration and application development. Whilst many large corporations have a substantial IT department, as indeed so do some smaller businesses, there are very few who have expertise in SQL server as it is a very specialist area. Life IT have that knowledge and experience whilst also understanding many of the time demanding processes and factors which impact on its operation.

To discuss your Microsoft SQL Server issues, upgrades or support call us and talk to one of our technicians on 01625 547979 or you can email us info@lifeit.co.uk.

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Published Date: 24th November 2014
Category: General, Microsoft, SQL Support
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24 
Nov

Looking for Experts in SQL for Bespoke Application Development Solutions?

The people of Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/microsoft/microsoft-development) literally spend their life using, facilitating and supporting IT. With a range of highly knowledgeably technicians and programmers, we have the experience, expertise and skills base to support our customers across all their IT platforms. Not only that but we make it our priority to understand your business needs and write bespoke applications to facilitate your management and operations.

SQL Support Application Development

One of our key skills and primary focus at Life IT, is the support and development of SQL applications. Many companies have a vast database of knowledge and information about their operation at their fingertips, but how easy is it to interpret that data? Life IT focuses on writing applications to fully interpret your company data and then translate it and if required transfer it to a variety of user groups in an appropriate format.

Mobile and Web Applications

As we are all aware there is an ever increasing demand for mobile and web based solutions so everyone can keep up to date even when they are on the move or away from site. Life IT understands the demands on your time and relates to the fact that most people these days have very hectic lifestyles and also high expectations of available information. That is why we have developed a range of mobile and web solutions so you really can have the information you need at your fingertips.
Leaving you to run your business

By engaging Life IT to write a bespoke SQL application for your business you will save yourself time and therefore costs allowing you to focus on the key part of your operation, your customers and your stakeholders. Our experienced programmers can provide a selection of services to suit your requirements:

  • Systems Analysis & Design
  • Technical Architecture
  • Software Development & Build
  • Co-development
  • Integration, Migration & Re-engineering
  • Software Maintenance & Support
  • Quality assurance Testing
  • Detailed System Documentation

For more information and to share your requirements for SQL application development call us on 01625 547979 or you can email us info@lifeit.co.uk

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Published Date: 24th November 2014
Category: Microsoft, SQL Support


 

23 
May

The kind of support we all need

We’re not talking about a pat on the back or friendly shoulder for you to lean on, but Microsoft SQL support! Life IT specialises in consultancy and support for our customers’ IT environments and offers customers bespoke support services which are tailored to your requirements in order to ensure that your system is both optimised and secure as well as being prepared for future upgrades and updates.

The support services at Life IT include Health checks, Performance Tuning, Database Administration, 24/7 Monitoring, Upgrades and Migrations and Application Development.
These services provided can also be combined with a flexible management support contract which includes 24/7 monitoring so we are always there to help and support any problems that you may have.

If you want to see some customer comments about our support services then take a look at the case studies on our website at www.lifeit.co.uk/about-us/case-studies.

We work with some market leading businesses such as Bentley, Yamaha, Center Parcs and Churchill and strive to ensure all their IT requirements are met.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us on +44 (0)1625 548111, email: info@lifeit.co.uk.

 

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Published Date: 23rd May 2014
Category: General, Microsoft, SQL Support
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25 
Nov

Think You Can Get By Without Professional Microsoft SQL Server Support? Think Again…

Microsoft SQL Server is a powerful, flexible database platform designed to make it easy to store and access huge amounts of data. It’s trusted by businesses worldwide, and with its impressive functionality and customisability, it’s easy to see why.

But with great power comes great responsibility. If you want to harness the full potential of Microsoft SQL Server, you’ll need a robust support system in place to keep things up and running – and to help put things right should you encounter any issues.

While your own database admin team are probably more than capable of handling day-to-day support tasks, unless they’re SQL experts there will inevitably be times they feel out of their depth. At such times, you’ll need the services of professional Microsoft SQL Server support providers, such as Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk).

Life IT have years of experience of providing expert support services for a wide range of platforms and infrastructures, including Microsoft SQL Server. Here are five reasons why you can trust Life IT to keep your Microsoft SQL Server database in great shape…

1. Life IT are members of the Microsoft Partner network

You can rest assured your Microsoft SQL Server environment is in safe hands with Life IT. They’re accredited members of the Microsoft Partner network, with strong credentials proving they really know their stuff when it comes to Microsoft products.

2. Life IT provide Microsoft SQL Server support UK-wide

No matter where in the country you’re based, Life IT can provide Microsoft SQL Server support services remotely – or, if you prefer, they can visit on-site to check and maintain your SQL installation.

3. Their experts spot potential issues before they become serious problems

With Life IT’s Microsoft SQL Server support service, you’ll can have regular health checks carried out on your database structure and data integrity. Their professional support providers will spot anything that looks potentially harmful, and fix it before any damage is done. And they can monitor your Microsoft SQL Server 24/7 – so no matter when things start to go awry, they’ll pick it up.

4. Ensure your Microsoft SQL Server is operating to its full potential

In addition to spotting issues and fixing problems, Life IT also offer performance tuning as part of their Microsoft SQL Server support services. They’ll ensure your database is operating at its full potential, making sure you’re using Microsoft SQL Server in the best possible ways.

5. They can help upgrade and migrate your Microsoft SQL Server installation

Whether you’re migrating to new hardware of upgrading to the latest Microsoft SQL Server software, Life IT’s support team will make the process a smooth, painless transition.

Find out more about Life IT’s UK-wide Microsoft SQL Server support services at www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/microsoft/microsoft-sql-server-support.

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Published Date: 25th November 2013
Category: IBM, Microsoft, SQL Support


 

15 
Jun

4 Ways Expert AS/400 Support Can Help You

Your AS/400, System i or iSeries server is an important piece of kit that your business simply couldn’t function without. For this reason, proper support is essential.

You may have a skilled IT team on-site, but to ensure every aspect is covered, nothing beats expert support from an IBM Premier Business Partner such as Life IT.

Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) are well-established providers of support services and bespoke application solutions for all AS/400, System i and iSeries environments. Here are just a few of the ways their comprehensive support services can help you.

Work outside of office hours? Support’s still just a phone call away

In this modern, global business world, not everyone can restrict their working hours to the traditional 9-to-5. If you work outside standard office hours, you should expect your AS/400 support supplier to do the same. Life IT can provide 24/7 support if you need it – so no matter what time of day it is, help is just a phone call away.

Flexible AS/400 support packages to suit you

Every business’s support needs are different, and depend upon a number of factors, such as the hardware you’re running, your operating system, the applications you use and the skills and experience of your own IT team. Whether you need someone to manage all aspects of your AS/400 support or just back-up for your team, Life IT can help. They can talk your engineers through the necessary procedures and processes, or dial in remotely to perform support tasks.

AS/400 support no matter how old your hardware

If you’re running an older AS/400 server but it is stable and performing well, you may have decided you don’t need to upgrade just yet. But beware – IBM only support iSeries hardware for a finite period of time, so if something goes wrong you may not be able to rely on the “official” channels of support. But don’t panic – AS/400 experts such as Life IT continue to offer support even on hardware that’s been retired.

Decided it’s time to upgrade? Help is at hand

Eventually, there will come a time when what was cutting edge just doesn’t cut it. A good IT support service will help you upgrade to newer, more powerful hardware. Life IT can perform these upgrades outside of office hours, keeping downtime to an absolute minimum.

When it comes to AS/400 support, this is just a tip of the iceberg of what Life IT can do for you. From bespoke application development to complete system installation, from OS upgrades to system healthchecks, whatever you need for your System i environment, they can deliver.

Find out more about Life IT’s AS/400 flexible support packages and services at http://www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/system-i/system-i-support/.

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Published Date: 15th June 2013
Category: IBM, Microsoft


 

22 
May

Celebrate IBMs 25th Anniversary with 25 month 0% interest rate financing from IBM Global Financing

Make your IBM solution acquisition more affordable and stay ahead of your competition with the latest in IBM products in 2013 and 25 month 0% financing. The IBMi 25 year Anniversary offering from IBM Global Financing: no payment during month 1 followed by 8 quarterly payments at 0% interest rate. Payments are easily calculated by dividing the purchase price by 8. Eligible products are IBM Power Express models and select Systems Software. Offering is valid for orders shipped with IBM i software between May 1st, 2013 and September 30th, 2013.

Terms and Conditions apply. Please contact Life IT for full details.

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Published Date: 22nd May 2013
Category: General, Microsoft
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02 
Apr

How Bespoke Microsoft SQL Server Applications Can Help Your Business

Ever wish your Microsoft SQL applications could do something more? Maybe you’d like them to work faster. Maybe there are extra features that would make your life easier. Or maybe you need your applications on additional platforms.

The answer? Bespoke solution development from a well-established, expert team of software engineers – such as Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk). Here are four ways in which employing the services of professional developers could help your business…

Extend the life of existing applications

Neither business nor technology stands still. While your current applications may have fulfilled your every need when first installed, so much could have changed since then. You may have more powerful equipment, or someone in your team may have indentified better ways of doing things. This doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch with brand new applications. By using the services of a professional developer, you could extend the life of your existing Microsoft applications by adding new features – a much less disruptive, and more efficient, way to update how you work.

Go web, go mobile, go anywhere!

The proliferation of smartphones and tablets has led to a greater need for mobile and web-based applications. Over the last few years, access on the move has gone from being an optional extra, to a highly desirable feature, to an expectation. Whether dealing B2B or B2C, bespoke web and mobile applications can help keep in touch and increase business.

Maximise efficiency, maximise profits

You may be getting by with your existing Microsoft applications. But in business, “getting by” quickly becomes “getting left behind”. Using the same off-the-peg solutions as everyone else will help you “get by”. Using powerful, specially-designed solutions created by specialist Microsoft application developers will optimise your workflow, making you work faster, more efficiently and ahead of the pack.

Integration and migration into a new environment

If you’re upgrading to a shiny new server, you’ll want the transition to be a smooth and painless as possible – the longer you’re down for, the more potential business you’re losing. Employ the services of a professional developer and they’ll help migrate and integrate your applications into your new environment – as well as ensuring optimum performance.

If your business could benefit from bespoke Microsoft applications – and you can almost certainly think of ways in which it could – then speak to Life IT.

Their team of expert software engineers and application developers are fully conversant in Visual Studio, VB.NET, .NET Framework, ASP.NET and SQL, and they’ll be able to develop applications to make working easier, faster and, ultimately, more profitable.

Life IT provide their services UK-wide, so wherever you’re based they can help your business. Find out more about Life IT’s Microsoft SQL application development at www.lifeit.co.uk, or call 01625 547979.

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Published Date: 2nd April 2013
Category: Microsoft, SQL Support


 

22 
Jan

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.

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


 

15 
Jan

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

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