Another successful year for Comms-careby Comms-care
December 21, 2016
From an economic and a political point of view, 2016 has been a remarkable year in many ways. While the main event of 2016 for us was undoubtedly the acquisition of Comms-care by Ingram Micro in May, the year has seen many successes, some serious - and some slightly less than serious.
We are proud of our team and the many ways we celebrate achievements, from winning CRN Fight Night to celebrating our first decade as Cisco Gold Partner. We outline below our Top 10 highlights of the year and wish all of our valued partners continued success in 2017 and beyond!
- New kids on the block
At the beginning of 2016 we launched our annual apprenticeship scheme as part of our ongoing strategy to build skills for the future of the IT industry. Darren Briscoe, Technical Director at Comms-care, said: “The issue of skills shortages in the technical and engineering sectors is well-understood. By providing apprentices with the skills, experience and certifications they need to contribute to the future of the industry, our apprenticeships offer the opportunity to feed new talent into the IT engineering pool.”
- Comms-care Cisco Gold Partner: 10 years and counting
Comms-care already offered a successful and easy to deploy Cloud Readiness and Migration service to partners, but we can now boost this capability by being able to provide Cisco Cloud Managed Web Security and Cloud Managed Networks built on Meraki technology placing IoT and Security at the heart of new service development. Mark Forster, Operations Director at Comms-care, said: “Comms-care has been a Cisco Gold Partner for over 10 years and every time we renew our certification, I get a huge sense of pride due to the work, dedication and passion that our team demonstrates when preparing for it.”
- Ingram makes its move
In May Ingram Micro announced that it had completed its acquisition of Comms-care as part of its plans to provide higher value services and solutions to reseller partners. Ben Davies, Managing Director of Comms-Care, commented on the deal: “Ingram Micro provides us with the perfect platform to achieve our objectives of growing our business and helping our partners achieve more.”
- It’s all about digital transformation, says Microsoft’s Satya Nadella
We attended the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada, which saw record attendance by more than 17,000 members of the Microsoft global ecosystem. We heard from CEO Satya Nadella about future technology trends, notably the very real trend towards digital transformation. Rob Darby, Sales Director at Comms-care said: “We’re already working on how we can develop some fantastic new propositions for our partners that will help them to deliver technologies to accelerate digital transformation. Watch this space!”
- Five more years for successful KCOM and Comms-care partnership
In September Comms-care announced a five year extension to its successful partnership with KCOM, which sees Comms-care provide support to some of KCOM’s largest customers, including Domino’s Pizza. The agreement provides field-based support, spares management and professional services across multiple Cisco technologies spanning 6,000 end-user sites totalling around 100,000 Cisco products. Sean Royce, Executive Vice President for Technology, Service and Operations at KCOM said: “KCOM and Comms-care share the same values and have the same commitment to customers.”
- Fast growth company
In February, Comms-care was listed in the ‘Greater Manchester Fastest 50 Companies’. Sponsored and organised by law firm Ward Hadaway and backed by the Manchester Evening News/Greater Manchester Business Week, the list highlights and celebrates companies in the region who have shown the largest growth over recent years.
- A new home for Nikki Chamberlain
Nikki joined Comms-care as Marketing Manager in September 2016 with the brief to develop, manage and implement an innovative marketing strategy and programme to help the business maintain its market-leading position in the UK. She commented: “I look forward to contributing to Comms-care’s future growth and becoming part of its success story.”
- It’s a knockout
Kelly Mason fought her way to victory in the annual CRN Fight Night, the white collar boxing event held this year on 26th May 2016 at the Brewery in London. Taking on Emma-Beth Anthony from Agilitas, Kelly defended Comms-care’s undefeated record successfully and raised almost £800 for Viva, her chosen charity.
- We love NYC
Comms-care is proud to celebrate more sporting success, this time from our very own Rob Darby, who ran his first New York marathon in just three hours and 57 minutes. Inspired by Cisco Partner Conference guest speaker triathlete John Maclean, who overcame extreme odds to succeed in triathlons and IronMan events, Rob achieved his own personal success.
- Top VARS 2016
Comms-care ended the year by sponsoring the CRN Top VARs report, the annual publication that assesses the trends and issues facing the industry including extra analysis on margins, and the transformation that resellers, distributors and suppliers had to navigate in 2016 and will continue to face in 2017. Here’s to another year of growth and success!