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it is critical for organisations to ensure their long term business objectives are reflected in their IT strategy

Trustmarque Solutions event hones in on joined-up thinking for IT decision makers with keynote speeches from broadcaster Robert Peston and Lead Architect for the Home Office, Tariq Rashid.

York, UK, 31st May 2012 – Infrastructure and software solutions Value Added Reseller, Trustmarque, hosted its annual customer conference, 360˚ Technology, at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on the 18th of May. A record 220 customers visited the conference, attending a series of thought-provoking and informative seminars and workshops, and meeting with more than 30 software vendor partners exhibiting their solutions at the show. 360˚ Technology saw high customer demand for its convenient combination of vendors, suppliers, seminars and keynote speeches all under one roof.

Robert Peston delivered a keynote address on the current state of the UK economy and the wider business drivers impacting technology decisions and IT budgets. He spoke about the current state of the technology landscape and how this could impact corporate and government organisations in the future. Robert drew specific attention to the importance of innovation and new technologies as a driver behind the UK’s recovery from economic sterility, pointing to the adoption of cloud and open computing as a critical way for enterprises to better deal with some of the challenges they face.

A second keynote was given by Tariq Rashid, Lead Architect from the Home Office, on the government’s ICT strategy. The Government’s open source action plan is well established and Tariq advised a top down and bottom up approach to encouraging adoption of open source technologies.

A survey published earlier this year found that 70 percent of CIOs were planning to increase investment in open source technology, and 40 percent said they were planning to migrate mission critical applications to open source within the next year. Trustmarque advocates new and innovative technologies which add value to an organisation and offers several open solutions to its customers. One of four event exhibition zones, 360° Open Solutions, was dedicated to showing customers the potential cost savings and benefits of open source, underlining the importance of open computing for the future. A host of Trustmarque partners including Red Hat, LinuxIT, Zarafa and Centrify were on hand to demonstrate open source solutions and infrastructure.

Simon Williams, Channel Director at Red Hat commented: “The overall open source message which is key to all of our customers today has been very useful. If you look at the speakers here, it speaks volumes about the quality of the event and the message behind it. One of the best interactions at the event was Robert Peston’s keynote speech where he mentioned how critically important open source was as the future strategy of all enterprises and government particularly.”

Trustmarque CEO, Scott Haddow underlined the importance of the integration of business and IT strategies to achieve success: “The scale of this event is much bigger than it has been in previous years and underlines our commitment to providing our customers with the best possible technologies, coupled with the demonstration of our own advanced service offerings. Customers have been impressed at the scope of 360° Technology and the expertise of the speakers, particularly Robert Peston’s presentation on financial markets and how this impacts on IT spending. Robert’s message reflected our own recognition that in today’s tough climate it is critical for organisations to ensure their long term business objectives are reflected in their IT strategy.”

360° Technology was divided into four main zones, 360° Open Solutions, 360° Cloud Solutions, 360° Business Solutions and 360° Procurement Solutions, reflecting Trustmarque’s holistic view to IT infrastructure and joined-up approach to decision making. The conference also saw 25 seminars being held across the four areas delivered by Trustmarque solutions experts and software partners including VMware, Flexera Software, Sophos and Symantec.

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About Trustmarque
Trustmarque is a market-leading Value Added Reseller and provider of technology services and solutions to UK private and public sector organisations. Trustmarque has been a trusted advisor to customers on issues relating to technology for over 24 years, helping companies to make sense of their complex IT environments by unlocking the value of technology, improving efficiencies and reducing costs.
Trustmarque holds ISO9001/2000, ISO14001, OHSAS18001 and ISO27001 certifications, is OGC accredited and has achieved the Investors in People standard. In addition Trustmarque’s employees are ITIL and PRINCE2 qualified.

Trustmarque has also worked with The CarbonNeutral Company (formerly Future Forests) leaders in the field of carbon management and climate change solutions to become a CarbonNeutral® company.
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Michelle Allison
C8 Consulting Ltd
01189 001132

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