The Really Useful Group Switches To iFuel For Secure, Ubiquitous
iFuel, Europe's fastest growing ASP aggregator, today announced that it is
to host and manage applications for Andrew Lloyd Webber's International
Entertainment Company The Really Useful Group (RUG). iFuel will provide
employees in London and New York with key office productivity applications
including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, Sun Systems, Forest &
The Really Useful Group was introduced to the ASP concept by iFuel ASP
reseller Integration Ltd, a long term IT supplier to RUG. iFuel's ASP
solution allows RUG to offer its employees secure, ubiquitous access to
line-of-business applications whilst dramatically simplifying the
of its IT infrastructure and providing a predictable cost path through a
monthly scheduled payment scheme.
Key benefits of the move to ASP included the ability to securely access
applications from anywhere in the world using RSA SecurID two-factor
authentication, as well as 24 x 7 remote support, data backup and virus
protection. In addition, iFuel takes on responsibility for the entire
back-end infrastructure, ranging from server hardware to communications
system management. iFuel also maintains a minimum of 30% extra capacity in
its server farms at all times, which allows RUG to instantly scale up the
service as new users come on board.
"Companies in the SME sector are beginning to realise that the ASP model
not only a viable business option in terms of cost, but also in terms of
service," said Eamus Halpin, CEO of iFuel. "iFuel firmly believes that an
ASP should add value to the basic hosted software proposition by
business processes and integrating applications to turn IT into a true
business tool. RUG chose to go the ASP route because it was confident in
both Integration's and iFuel's understanding of its business needs."
The new contract allows 75 users to access mainstream productivity
applications such as Microsoft Office 2000, Microsoft Exchange 2000,
SunSystems Financial Accounting solutions, Forest & Trees and Vision, as
well as a Visual Basic programmes and Microsoft SQL Server databases, all
deployed via a Citrix MetaFrame enabled platform.
About The Really Useful Group
The Really Useful Group Limited (RUG) was founded in 1977 by Andrew Lloyd
Webber. The group is wholly, privately owned by Lloyd-Webber and is an
established international entertainment company, actively involved
throughout the world in theatre and concert production, recording,
merchandising, music publishing, television, film, video and publishing.
The group also co-owns and manages thirteen theatres in London's West End.
RUG is a UK based company with its head office in London and satellite
offices in New York and Sydney.
The Really Useful Group produces, co-produces and licenses theatrical
productions worldwide. At the heart of the business lie the musicals of
Andrew Lloyd Webber, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Song & Dance, Starlight Express, The
of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Whistle Down
Wind and The Beautiful Game. There are currently 22 productions of Lloyd
Webber musicals playing around the world.
iFuel is Europe's fastest growing ASP aggregator and enables ISVs to
applications, whatever their design or build, through either direct or
indirect channels via the software as a service model, on a pan-European
basis. In contrast to a number of ASPs, iFuel does not sell directly to
end user, but instead adds value for ISVs and their reseller channels by
enabling them to provide fully hosted, managed and integrated application
packages to their existing and prospective customer base.
iFuel, launched in November 2000, currently has over 11,000 contracted
users, using more than 30 fully hosted applications from 11 ISVs. For more
information, visit the iFuel web site at http//:www.ifuel.com
For further information please contact:
Alistair Verney, AxiCom, Tel: 020 8600 4616,
Sara Hassett, AxiCom, Tel: 020 8600 4610, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alissa Quinn, iFuel, Tel: 01895 444420, Email: email@example.com
The Really Useful Group:
Daniel Bee, Brown Lloyd James. Tel: 0207 591 961, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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