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UK largest private software house signs portfolio for Star hosted services

London, 7th October – Star, a provider of on-demand computing and communication services to UK businesses today announced a partnership with IRIS, the UK’s largest unquoted software house employing over 1200 staff and revenues of £120 million.

Under the terms of the agreement, Star will help IRIS deliver an unparalleled portfolio of business management solutions via a secure private cloud service with all data resident in the UK. The move accelerates IRIS’ cloud presence, adding to its established hosting services in the professional sectors of Accounting and Legal software. In this way, Star will help IRIS to provide a variety of hosted and online hosted business applications through Star’s state-of-the art cloud computing platform.

Customers who will benefit from the easy-to-deploy and cost-effective new IRIS cloud services will range from Accountancy and Legal firms to HR and finance professionals and clients in specialist markets such as construction, manufacturing, distribution charities and membership organisations

Neal Roberts, CFO of the IRIS Group, detailed how IRIS customers will benefit from the partnership: “We have built our leadership position in the UK by providing market-leading service and business benefits to our customers. On-premise software adds costs to the business model and subsequently to our customers, without necessarily adding value for them. With this partnership, we can offer our hosting solutions for those customers that prefer a more flexible model, which many are increasingly warming to.”

Rick Hudson, CEO of Star, said: “As two UK-focused technology champions, looking to leverage the best that cloud computing has to offer our customers, it was almost inevitable that our paths would cross as both Star and IRIS grow. But the key to this partnership is how we have come together to meet customer demands. Every day mid-market businesses witness how consumer technology is changing their perception and appreciation of how services can be delivered to them, and now they want this for their businesses. Now with IRIS and Star working in concert, they can bring the latest in cloud services to their customers without wide-scale upheaval and the large capital expense that enterprises tend to bear to get the same results from on-premise technology.”

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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

With over 60,000 business customers, revenues of £119m and more than 30 years experience, IRIS is the UK’s largest private software house with a wide range of specialist solutions.
IRIS is a market leading provider to: accountancy practices, law firms, not-for-profit organisations, coroners, architects, distributors, field service businesses, education, healthcare and sports clubs.

Our specialist solutions for a wide range of businesses include: practice management, payroll, HR, accounting, financial management, compliance, ERP, CRM, ticketing, training/learning management, project management, software asset management and application modernisation.

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