Latest News - Abtec Network Systems

2
Nov

Be Prepared

No one likes interruptions to their IT services, they cost time and money.  As the nights draw in, it’s a good opportunity to review how prepared your infrastructure is to combat disruption.

We’ve built a guide, download it here, to help you perform that review.  It’s called ‘Building Better Disaster Recovery Plans’.  The point behind it is that we spend time creating DR plans for high impact, low probability events, but often it’s the small, everyday disruptions that cause more problems.

In this guide we share some of steps we take with clients to reduce IT disruption.

As ever, if you need any support improving your IT infrastructure’s preparedness for disruption give us a call on 01858 538 500.  We’ll be happy to help.

26
Oct

Vacancy: Accounts Administrator

We are looking for a part-time Accounts Administrator to join our team.

The successful applicant requires a good knowledge of Sage 50 Accounts and Payroll, Excel, maths, English and IT skills. Also, exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.

Responsibilities include supporting the day to day financial procedures, processes and administration involved in the running of a growing IT business.  This involves:

  • Dealing with all aspects of Sage 50 Accounts and Payroll system
  • Preparing and administering aspects of staff payroll
  • Administering the banking arrangements, receipts and paying in of all monies, reconciling according to established security policies
  • Ensuring all financial records are kept up to date
  • Providing day to day office services and administrative support

 

The role is based in Market Harborough, and is based on 25 hours per week.

For more information please email your CV to lm@abtecnet.com

9
Oct

Hinkley Point C – Second accommodation block getting ready for business

Abtec’s engineers continue their great work on the second accommodation block for the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station project.

Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for over 20 years, is one of the largest construction projects in Europe.  To accommodate many of the 3,100 workers on site, two workers campuses have been built.

We’ve been working on the project for the last two years, designing, installing and supporting the IT and communications infrastructure, for the accommodation blocks.  Our four onsite engineers provide IT support for the accommodation manager’s employees, Host 2 Ltd.  They also manage and maintain the tech we’ve designed and installed, including;

 

  • Wide Area Networks
  • Over 450 Cisco wireless access points
  • Mitel communications system with over 1600 handsets
  • Over 100 Cisco switches
  • Over 50 TB of storage

 

Our engineers are currently building the infrastructure for the second block of accommodation, with 1500 rooms, in readiness for its opening in December.

13
Jun

Top industry recognition for Abtec

Our sister organisation, Abtec Building Technologies, has scooped an honour at this year’s ECA Industry Awards, held on Friday 8 June at the London Hilton Bankside Hotel.

The ECA Industry Awards recognise key achievements of the finest talent in the sector, providing a great opportunity for contractors and wider industry associates to showcase exceptional work.

Substantial CO2 Savings

Abtec’s team won a highly commended award in the Best Energy Solutions Project, for a recent project with Ibstock Brick.  The project, which delivers energy efficient and intelligent lighting for Ibstock Brick’s new factory, will save 170,000kg of CO2 per year.

The ECA Industry Awards judges were impressed with Abtec’s demonstration of significant CO2 savings, anticipated energy savings of 50% and a project payback time of less than two years.

Commenting on the commendation by the ECA, Site Engineering Manager John Grew said:

“What we have achieved with the team from Abtec BT is the coming-together of the key elements of energy management. This includes lighting that is controlled by presence detection, automated emergency lighting testing, constant daylight control, as well as scene-setting. All of this is integrated within a wider, site-wide building management solution. The result is a 50% saving when it is compared with the cost of a traditional lighting solution – thus saving 170,041 kg CO2 per year, when coupled with the automated emergency testing further savings that are efficiency goals.”

Ibstock Brick’s engineering team is now working with Abtec BT to fully integrate the building services on the new site and the wider estate to provide even greater energy management.

11
Jan

New network to increase flexibility for Yusen Logistics

Yusen Logistics (UK) Ltd has replaced its UK wide IT networking infrastructure.  The company believes the move will improve its flexibility and increase efficiency. 

“The new network will improve our IT capabilities” says Simon Calver, Yusen Logistics (UK) Networks Technical Lead.  “It will make it easier to share information with our clients in real time and for us to add new distribution sites.”

IT specialists Abtec Network Systems provided the new network.  Phil Kennerdell, Abtec’s Sales Director, points out, “We’ve used our own national network which gives Yusen Logistics faster connection speeds and improved resilience.”

The network connects Yusen’s distribution, administration and datacentres together.  A diverse range of applications run across the network, including its warehousing supply chain software and vehicle tracking data.  “It supports our focus on delivering customer centric services for our clients” adds Simon.

As the logistics firm’s reliance on IT continues to grow, safeguarding this infrastructure was an important network design consideration.  Phil notes “We’ve built additional resilience into the network to ensure that Yusen can still operate even in the highly unlikely event that disaster strikes.”

The network extends Abtec’s growth in the logistics market.  Its clients include Norbert Dentressangle, the Road Haulage Association and Panic Transport.  Phil explains the reasons for this growth, “Our understanding of the needs of businesses in this sector help us create unique services for logistics firms.  These services help businesses exceed their clients’ needs and can cut costs too.”

15
Dec

Winter newsletter out now

Winter newsletter is out now.

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It’s winter time; so why not put another log on the fire, get comfortable and read our latest newsletter…

Cloud Applications – Hosted Voice

In this edition we look at one of the more surprising applications that can be run from the cloud – Hosted Voice.  We’ll find out why one leading law firm chose Abtec’s Hosted Voice service and the benefits it will bring the organisation.

We’ve witnessed the recent storms cause chaos in the north of England and Scotland first hand; we support organisations and have employees across the north east and north west of England.  We’ve protected these organisations’ IT resources from the floods, and this has prompted us to issue a reminder to readers about keeping on top of their business continuity plans.

Also, we’ve seen another unwelcome visitor recently, phishing emails with macro enabled attachments.  Richard Pitman, one of our senior network engineers, offers advice on how to protect your organisation against these unwelcome visitors.

Happy reading!

4
Nov

Important IT investment with Abtec for Building Society

IT investment to pay dividends for Building Society

Getting the balance right between an IT infrastructure that is efficient to manage, whilst satisfying the UK’s financial regulatory framework is a challenge.  In our latest case study you’ll find out how Abtec helped Buckinghamshire Building Society achieve that balance.

Abtec has years of experience working with building societies across the UK.  In that time we’ve built up the knowledge and a raft of services that can help building societies deliver effective IT within the market’s regulatory framework.  We provide the IT and communications infrastructure for many of the UK’s building societies.  We’ve helped them address issues such as:

  • Meeting the Financial Conduct Authorities policy on call recording
  • Implementing business continuity plans and disaster recovery audits
  • Delivering IT infrastructure that can radically improve the organisation

 

In our case study with Buckinghamshire Building Society you’ll find out why more building societies are choosing to work with Abtec.

14
Jul

Abtec’s summer newsletter now available

Summer’s here and so is our latest newsletter.

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Our latest edition of our newsletter looks at how to build cloud technology into your business strategy.  There are plenty of great reasons to do this, as one of our clients, Abrosetti UK, has found out.  In the newsletter you’ll find out how our cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform has helped transform one of the UK’s leading vehicle servicing businesses.

Windows Server 2003 End of Support

If you are running a Windows Server 2003 you’ll be aware that Microsoft’s support for that product ends in July 2015.  In the newsletter you’ll find out what options you have to ensure your server applications continue to work.

If your Internet connection is starting to feel the strain you may be eligible for a Government grant of up to £3,000 to upgrade your connection speed.  Find out more about this in our newsletter or here.

 

11
May

High profile visitors to Abtec client

Story Homes, the executive home builder, received two high profile visits recently.

Both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer made individual visits to our Carlisle based client.  We’ve been upgrading Story Homes’ IT and communications infrastructure as they move into their new headquarters.  We’ve delivered the IT foundation that will help the business grow more easily.  This includes sophisticated video conferencing, network upgrade and a new communications system.  Our sister organisation, Abtec Building Technologies, completed the mechanical and electrical fit out for the ex RAF Depot site.

Cameron laying a brick at Story Homes George Osborne opens Story Homes' new headquarters

In April the Chancellor opened the new headquarters.  With just a few days to go to the election Samantha and David Cameron paid a visit to one of Story Homes developments in Lancaster.

For more information visit the Story Homes website.

2
Apr

Up to £3,000 grant for Leicester businesses

Businesses in Leicester could benefit from a grant of up to £3,000 to upgrade their internet connection to a faster service.

The Government grant, called the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme, is available for businesses with premises in specific areas of Leicester.  As an approved supplier we can help you identify the right type of internet connection for your business and help you apply for the grant.

Find out more about the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme here.

Give us a ring on 01858 438 500 to find out if your business premises qualify for the grant, and find out what speed you could get.