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in use by organisations ranging from the World Wildlife Fund to Medecins Sans Frontieres, The Institute of Directors and The Woodland Trust

Third Sector now well served with latest cloud technologies from Star

London, 7th Oct – Star , a provider of on-demand computing and communication services to UK businesses and IRIS NFP Solutions, the leading UK provider of not-for-profit software and services today announced they would join forces to provide the most complete suite of NFP hosted applications on the market.

IRIS NFP Solutions, part of the UK’s largest private software company, supplies software and services to over 1,000 NFP organisations. Its market-leading software applications are in use by organisations ranging from the World Wildlife Fund to Medecins Sans Frontieres, The Institute of Directors and The Woodland Trust.

The collaboration with Star now means Iris NFP Solutions’ customers have an option to run their applications in the cloud, reducing on-premise IT infrastructure costs – which are increasingly under scrutiny despite evidence that UK charitable donations are holding up even in this tough economy. Through the partnership, hosting for Microsoft Office, Exchange and SharePoint will be offered to IRIS customers and powered by Star. Star’s UK-based data centres drive highly secure and available versions of IRIS NFP Solutions software that can scale rapidly as charities grow or in response to emergencies, special events or appeals.

David Pinches, Group Marketing Director, IRIS Software & Services, commented: “Our customers are organisations who primarily deliver for others every day. Just because they are not focused on profits does not mean they can afford to miss out on the latest cloud technologies. They care enormously about reducing costs, making it easier for donors and sponsors to give and organisations to deliver their services to recipients or members. We feel privileged that our new cloud-based services, powered by Star, helps them meet those pledges.”

Ricky Hudson, CEO of Star, described the partnership as ground-breaking: “This deal breaks new ground for Star and IRIS. Traditional Star customers value our ability to guide them to the correct cloud technologies and we are honoured to provide our breadth of experience and knowledge to support IRIS in their bid to create more value for their customers. IRIS also has a rich heritage which makes this partnership very beneficial to UK businesses wishing to select IRIS as their technology provider and in doing so leveraging the power of the Star cloud computing platform for this most-deserving of customers.”

About Star

Star provides on-demand computing and communication services to UK businesses. Utilising an advanced cloud computing platform, the company has redefined how business people use and pay for the technology that supports them. Star’s On-demand Business Services™ are easy to use and pay for and are available any time and from anywhere, removing unnecessary costs for hardware, software and ongoing maintenance. Since 1995, when Star was founded, the company has been an Internet technology innovator and pioneered the system for cloud based spam and virus scanning for business email that became MessageLabs.

In the last 14 years Star has established itself as a leading IT and communications service provider of the highest pedigree looking after 3,500 UK business customers and their 500,000 users. Star has UK based data centres that sit within a network and communications capability that forms the basis of the Star Platform, from which a wide range of computing and communication services are delivered to customers. Star has over 230 employees working from offices throughout the UK, providing the highest levels of customer service and support. Star’s technology roadmap will deliver on-demand, cloud computing services to UK businesses who want immediate access to the latest enterprise technologies.

About Iris NFP

With over 1,000 not-for-profit organisations as customers, IRIS NFP Solutions is the leading provider of software and services to the UK Not-For-Profit sector. IRIS helps not-for-profit organisations to increase the effectiveness of their entire operations. This includes improving fundraising or membership management performance through closer links with donors, members or alumni, and delivering world class operational efficiencies in the financial management of their organisations.

Designed specifically for the NFP sector, and making excellent use of both established and the latest web technologies, IRIS NFP Solution’s portfolio encompasses charity software, CRM, fundraising, membership management, education, ticketing, ERP, payroll and financial management software. IRIS software includes IRIS CARE, IRIS Donor Strategy, IRIS Integra and IRIS Member Strategy.

With 30 years of experience and over 120 specialist staff in the UK dedicated to servicing the needs of the not-for-profit sector, IRIS NFP Solutions prides itself on a tailored approach to customer service, with an emphasis on reliability and personal relationships, evidenced by 95% annual customer retention, amongst the highest in our industry.

More information can be found at

Star Press contacts
Paul Maher/Emma Naylor
Positive Marketing
Mobile +44 (0) 7900 600013
Direct +44 (0) 20 8237 1104 / 0208 237 1107
IRIS NFP Press contacts
David Pinches
Mobile 07535 624924

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