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    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.

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Category Archives: SQL Support

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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23 
May

A quick rundown of the SQL Language

Most people are unaware of exactly what ‘SQL’ is and what it was created to do, understanding this may mean you will have a greater knowledge of application development. Let’s start with the easy bit…

SQL stands for ‘Structured Query Language’ and is a special purpose language which was designed for sharing and managing data that is held on a management system. Using this you are able to query, update and reorganise data as well as create and change the structure of the database system.

The basis for SQL came from a researcher from IBM, Edgar F Codd who came up with the database model, from this in 1974 IBM began working on a new language for database systems and after testing in 1978 they started to development commercial products.

Having a basic understanding of SQL and what it can offer means you can begin to think about application development for your system. Using Microsoft Application development you can extend the life of your existing applications by simply updating them. This includes adding new features, extending functionality, integrating them into a new environment and lastly improving their performance.

Here at Life IT we can develop applications in a short space of time and on a tight budget as we deliver the highest technical standards using the latest development techniques therefore we are always one step ahead.

If you want to find out more about SQL Application development then go to our website and read more information about what we can do for you at www.lifeit.co.uk, or contact us on +44 (0)1625 548111, email: info@lifeit.co.uk.

Also you can read a couple of our testimonials below to gain an insight into our company and what our clients think of us.

“Without the professional and expert support of Life IT, we wouldn’t have had the quality product we now have. They gently but insistently pushed the boundaries of our assumptions, getting us to challenge our mind-sets.”

“Life IT offered us a complete solution to our IT issues the team ensured that they had a complete understanding of what we wanted our IT system to achieve, and was then able to deliver this through a professional, flexible service.”

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


 

05 
Mar

4 Benefits of Using Microsoft SQL Server (And Life IT’s Microsoft SQL Support)

So many businesses choose Microsoft SQL Server for their database management platform – but why?

As well-established experts in all things Microsoft SQL, Life IT strongly recommend it – and they can help you make the most of it with their high quality Microsoft SQL support services.

Here are four great reasons to choose Microsoft SQL Server – and four great ways in which Life IT’s Microsoft SQL support services can help you make the most of it…

1. Stability
Microsoft SQL Server is renowned for being one of the most stable database managements systems on the market, and it’s trusted by businesses across the globe to perform with minimal downtime.

How dedicated Microsoft SQL support can help: Regular health checks from an expert Microsoft SQL support provider will ensure potential issues are spotted and rectified before they become serious problems. Life IT can do this for your Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure, either on site or remotely UK-wide.

2. Security
As you’d expect from a market leader like Microsoft, the security on Microsoft SQL Server is first rate, with very few vulnerabilities. However, no platform is ever be 100% risk free, so some degree of knowledge is required to keep Microsoft SQL Server safe and secure.

How dedicated Microsoft SQL support can help: An expert provider of Microsoft SQL support such as Life IT can help with security at all levels. They’ll ensure the initial installation is carried out with all possible security measures taken, and will identify and rectify any vulnerabilities that may come to light, ensuring the security of your data at all times.

3. Ease of use
Another great benefit of Microsoft SQL Server is that it’s relatively user-friendly and easy to configure. However, to unleash its real potential, some expert knowledge will be required.

How dedicated Microsoft SQL support can help: This rather depends on what your in-house team are capable of. It may be that you need to use Microsoft SQL support services on a regular basis, helping with routine database administration tasks. If your team are more familiar with Microsoft SQL Server, you may only need to call upon Microsoft SQL support services for more major issues, or to help train your team on elements of the system they’re not yet familiar with. Life IT are happy to work in whichever way best suits you and your team.

4. Flexibility
Microsoft SQL Server is a very flexible database management platform, for which bespoke applications can be developed to improve efficiency and extend functionality.

How dedicated Microsoft SQL support can help: If your team lacks the time or expertise to develop applications for Microsoft SQL Server, you can commission a support provider such as Life IT for bespoke solution development, tailored to suit the exact needs of your business.

Find out more about how Life IT’s expert Microsoft SQL support services can help you at www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/microsoft/microsoft-sql-server-support.

 

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Published Date: 5th March 2014
Category: SQL Support


 

05 
Mar

SQL Support: 9 Reasons to Choose Life IT

When choosing a provider for SQL support, it’s important to give careful consideration to who you entrust with your system. It goes without saying that your database is a highly important part of your business, so keeping it up-to-date, accurate and easy to access is essential. Even if you have in-house SQL support on-hand, there will be times when you need to call upon professional SQL experts. And that’s where Life IT come in. No matter what level of SQL support your business requires, they can help you.

Here are nine of the many reasons to choose Life IT as your SQL support provider…

1. SQL support as and when you need it
All of Life IT’s SQL support contracts include service during office hours, but 24/7 support can be arranged if it’s necessary for your business needs.

2. Regular healthchecks
Healthchecks ensure your Microsoft SQL Server is running efficiently, catching any potential errors before they can do any damage.

3. Performance tuning
Your set-up may be running smoothly – but could it be even better? With Life IT’s SQL support service, they’ll get your system running at maximum efficiency, saving you time and money.

4. SQL database administration
Whether you lack an in-house database administrator, or you need more in-depth knowledge than your team possess, the experts at Life IT can help you with all your administration needs.

5. Upgrades to the latest software and hardware
If performance tuning just won’t cut it, you may need to upgrade. Whether it’s new hardware or the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server, Life IT’s support team will make the transition smooth and easy, keeping downtime to a minimum.

6. Bespoke SQL development
Life IT’s expert services go beyond simple SQL support. They can develop bespoke solutions for your exact business needs, helping you make the most of your data.

7. Disaster recovery
No matter how good your SQL support team, nothing’s ever foolproof. But using the services of Life IT’s certified SQL experts, you’ll have the best possible chance of recovering your data should things go wrong.

8. Life IT are accredited Microsoft Partners
As well-established Microsoft Partners, Life IT really know their stuff when it comes to Microsoft SQL Server.

9. UK-wide SQL support tailored for you
Whether you’d prefer your SQL support to be carried out on-site or remotely, Life IT can provide their high quality services UK-wide.

So for professional, expert SQL support from highly-trained, certified professionals contact Life IT. Find out more at www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/microsoft/microsoft-sql-server-support.

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Published Date: 5th March 2014
Category: SQL Support


 

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


 

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