Keysource takes delivery of our new fleet

2016 was a great year for Keysource’s Facilities Management division, with the team securing major contracts with the Metropolitan Police Service and Leeds City Council, as well as large contract renewals for our customers across Europe.

Operating over 200 facilities across Europe our specialist critical FM offering is growing quickly.  In order to support this growth, and as we continue to invest in the delivery of these essential services, Keysource is has now started to take delivery of a new fleet of vehicles.

Able to deliver hard and soft facilities management services for both critical and non-critical environments across Europe to strict SLA’s, call us now to find out more about our FM solutions.

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A look back on 2016

2016 has been a very big year for Keysource. We have started working with some amazing new clients, won some top awards and become part of Styles&Wood Group Plc!

We kicked off the year by extending our higher education portfolio, once again proving that our knowledge of the University sector can deliver real benefits. March was a bumper month for us as we secured contracts with the Metropolitan Police and Southport & Ormskirk Hospital. We were also accepted as a member of the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service, which enabled us to provide more opportunities and qualifications for our staff.

In April, we were extremely pleased to have been chosen by Chayora to design nearly 1.8million sq ft of white space for a nationwide network of data centres throughout China. We also won a RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award for a third year in a row, this time receiving a Gold award.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Head of Awards and Events, said: “To win an award at such a highly-regarded event as the RoSPA Awards is a great achievement for Keysource. It recognises their commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record and raises the bar for other organisations to aspire to.”

To support our continuing growth, we opened new offices in the centre of London in May. We were also chosen by a leading pharmaceutical company to design and build a new critical data centre in the midlands, as well as securing the Data Centre Solutions New Design/Build Data Centre Project of the Year for our work with Jaguar Land Rover. Meanwhile, we won a key contract providing facilities management for Leeds City Council in July.

As we moved into Autumn we entered our Fundraising Month. Over the course of September, the Keysource team took part in the formidable Nuts Challenge, the Dragon Boat Race, the London to Brighton Bike Ride and hosted a Macmillan coffee morning. As a result, we raised an incredible £4000 for a variety of charities. Autumn also saw the start of a new chapter for Keysource after the Limited company was acquired by Styles&Wood Group Plc as part of their diversification strategy.

The year has ended as it began, with an exciting mix of contract and award wins. We added Staffordshire University, the University of Bristol and the University of Exeter to our growing University portfolio.

Howard Whiteley, Interim Director of Digital Transformation at the Staffordshire University said: “Keysource has provided us with excellent advice throughout the past six years, as we update our IT strategy we are confident that Keysource will continue this, supporting us to implement a best-in-class solution for the University.”

We also won our third award of the year, picking up the award for Public Services Digital Delivery at the Datacentre Dynamics EMEA Awards 2016 for our work on the Metropolitan Police’s data centre estate. One of our engineers; Tom Blundy, was also a finalist in the Young Mission Critical Engineer of the Year category.

Mark McLeod, Director of Service Delivery for the Metropolitan Police said: “This award recognises Keysource’s effectiveness and skills in supporting the Metropolitan Police Service’s IT transformation.”

As we draw towards the end of 2016 we would like to thank all our staff for their hard work, and to our clients and suppliers for helping us to make this a brilliant year. We look forward to a prosperous 2017!

Why one size doesn’t need to fit all

Organisations today have many more options when it comes to storing and managing their data and supporting their IT infrastructure. Laurence Baker looks at how organisations can ensure they have a future-ready solution and discusses the rise of the modular solution and the benefits it can bring.

Ten years ago there was no real outsourcing model in our sector and organisations had to build and run their own data centres. So they invested heavily and built huge facilities in anticipation of strong, predicted growth. In many cases the facilities were big, with highly resilient Tier IV infrastructures, as they believed what they needed was 100% availability and, above all, absolute protection against any data loss. Then the economic downturn happened.

In some cases these decisions were made without properly considering their requirements. As a result many have ended up with, at best, facilities that have been both expensive to construct and continue to be operationally complex and expensive to run.

At Keysource we find that our customers rarely deploy a full IT load from day one, if ever, so this raises the question about whether the infrastructure to support this needs to be in place in day one. To determine this we believe that early engagement is key to ensure you are making the right decisions.  Not having all the relevant stakeholders involved from the outset may mean that the team fails to understand the real business and IT requirements or that the wrong solution is specified and deployed.

This is increasingly important as businesses today are becoming ever more dependent on IT systems and associated data due to a number of changes such as an upsurge in ‘Cloud’ services, digitalisation and the internet of things. As a result a key priority is ensuring the availability of these systems, with companies looking for the best solution to meet their requirements, as efficiently as possible. For many the biggest challenge is how to keep aligning the IT infrastructure to the fast moving and ever changing business environment and ensuring that any solution is future ready, whilst also keeping costs to a minimum.

As a result, many organisations are opting for modular data centre solutions which are constantly evolving to address a wider range of business and operational requirements. Traditionally modular solutions were developed to overcome construction and deployment challenges, but now there is an overwhelming demand for these scalable facilities that also deliver high levels of performance, resilience and efficiency…

Read the full article on page 20 of Data Centre News Magazine

Find out more about our modular data centre solutions

Banking: Managing the industry’s new emphasis on data

Steve Whatling, MD at Keysource, looks at the data challenges facing the financial sector and what lessons can be learnt from economic and political instability…

The financial sector has gone through phenomenal change over the past decade. If we go back 10 years to the mid 2000s, the banking sector was entirely different. It was all about growth, with some financial institutions putting together 25-year strategy plans confidently based on year-on-year growth.

The retail banking platforms were still relatively traditional with low adoption of electronic banking as many customers still visited the branch network to carry out transactions. The CIO/CTO was often not part of the senior team and the data centre was the responsibility of the real estate or property department.

Whilst banks have always been concerned with privacy and security issues at this time there was low confidence in the security of cloud provision so they retained total control of their operations. There was no real outsourcing model and, as a result, with the exception of one or two they decided to build and run their own data centres – and of course they could afford to! So they built huge facilities in anticipation of this predicted growth and invested heavily.

Ten years on things are very different. The industry’s promised growth predictions have proven to be incredibly flawed and recent years have seen the global system in crisis, with the UK government stepping in and rescuing some institutions.

At the same time we have seen a phenomenal uptake of electronic, online and mobile banking, which has created a greater emphasis on the importance of technology and data. It has also been used as an enabler to reduce headcount, creating much-needed savings.

As a result the CIO/CTO is now right at the heart of everything with the IT strategy fundamental to the business. The financial sector CIO/CTO has had to embrace outsourcing and consider cloud provision, but is now often responsible for the property and Facilities Management associated with IT too.

Looking forward it is unlikely that we will see any new data centres built in the UK for the financial sector for many years. The sector is quite simply overprovisioned after building huge, highly resilient Tier IV and secure facilities in the early to mid 2000s that even the increase in electronic banking is failing to fill. There has also been considerable consolidation in the sector which has further exacerbated the issue.

There are also some legacy facilities which are outdated and run inefficiently as unfortunately there hasn’t been enough investment available to upgrade in recent years.

Meeting todays IT demand

What we are seeing today is institutions looking at their data centre facilities and trying to optimise the asset wherever possible by seeing how they can be more suitable for their current requirements and potentially commercially viable. This might involve selling, upgrading or subletting.

There are a number of additional challenges facing the sector. A key area is how to keep aligning the business to its fast-moving and ever-changing environment. There is no doubt that electronic banking will continue to grow and more IT investment will be required to meet the needs of the influential Millennial Generation.

Whilst we will continue to see significant growth within the electronic banking area, the real opportunities are in the emerging countries in Asia and Africa. Their systems are often years behind and the industry in some countries is really in its infancy. They will benefit greatly from the lessons learned by the West and our experience and expertise.

This article originally appeared on The Stack on the 6th October 2016. Continue reading it here

Keysource raises nearly £4000 for charity!

Following on from a highly success fully month of fundraising for charity, we are really proud to announce we have helped raise nearly £4,000 for different charities this month.

Members of the Keysource team have have run / slipped / crawled through mud and over obstacles, raced Dragon Boats, cycled from London to Brighton and even sold home produced Honey to help us reach this amazing amount.

Thank you to everyone who supported us!

You can find out more about the events and the charities here or enjoy some of the photos from the events below:

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Keysource Nuts Challenge Team 1 Keysource Nut Challenge Team 2

 

Keysource Team Work water-run

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