IT Expenditure – CAPEX or OPEX?

IT Expenditure – CAPEX or OPEX? 

Budgets, Costs and IT needs……. The never-ending circle of needing IT resources and having to balance costs with Return On Investment (ROI). 

If you find yourself in this spiral of need, cost and budgets we would like to propose an alternative to having to follow the traditional IT spend and provision lifecycle. 

The Public Cloud has a copious amount of IT Resources (Processing power, Network bandwidth and Storage). These resources are available when you want (or need) it and as you want (or need) it – and as much as you want or need! More importantly - there is no upfront commitment… A Pay-as-you-Go (PAYG) costing model - but only for what you use and not a cent more. 

No CAPEX costs and No inevitable delay waiting for delivery, and then provisioning and patching. 

Amazon Web Services – a Public Cloud and OPEX solution with immediate availability of IT resources. Have you considered an OPEX solution to your Data Centre needs? What about acquiring the necessary in-house skills to use these resources? – We’ve partnered with AWS so we can offer training with a variety of AWS Official training courses. 


Call or email us now or join our ½ day sessions in Belfast for an introduction (Show and Tell) to “The Cloud”. 

Calvin SureSkills VCI

Blog post by Calvin Riskowitz, Principal Cloud Evangelist & Educator with SureSkills. 

How to make your staff IT savvy

How to make your staff IT savvy? 


US Research shows that the millennial generation (young people whose birth years range from 1980 to 2000) love technology so much that they would rather have access to social media than a bigger salary! How do you make you sure this generation continues to innovate while educating and motivating your older work force? 

How can you overcome the traditional workforce’s resistance to IT change, while satisfying other employee’s needs to evolve and improve efficiency in carrying out their daily tasks? 

Click here» to read some top industry tips to help your staff stay on the cutting edge of the IT workforce

CommVault Recognized as an Industry Leader Again

CommVault has done it again! 

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For the fourth consecutive year, CommVault has been positioned in the Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances. 

CommVault have also been named leader in the Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software, for the full report, please click here. 

Forrester Wave: Enterprise Backup And Recovery, Q2 '13

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances objectively compares backup software and integrated appliance vendors based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision in an easy-to-read four-quadrant graph with detailed analysis. CommVault believe this is continued validation that their singular approach to data and information management is uniquely capable of reducing risk and costs, unlocking value from data and easily extending operations into cloud infrastructures. 

For the full report, click here.

According to Gartner, “because the backup/recovery software and integrated appliance market comprises tens, if not hundreds, of vendors, this research narrows it down to those that have a strong presence in midsize and large organization IT environments.” Download the report to learn why CommVault have been named a leader, and why that matters in helping you make better-informed decisions about data protection. 

CommVault have also been named leader in the Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software. CommVault named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Backup And Recovery Software, Q2 2013 CommVault is top ranked in the current offering category for their backup and recovery software. For CommVault and SureSkills, this report confirms that Simpana 10 is the leading enterprise backup and recovery solution in the market today, and the only product with a single platform for efficient data and information management. CommVault are enabling enterprises worldwide to take a truly modern approach to data protection


For the full report, click here

 If you would like to know more about how your company could benefit from adopting the CommVault platform please email us today on for one of our experienced consultants to arrange a call back/workshop. 


For more information on the recent report and the CommVault platform please click here»

Microsoft Celebrate 25 years of Office

A tribute to 25 years of Office users

Twenty-five years ago today, Microsoft launched Office, and ever since, Office has been helping people get things done in their work and personal lives. Of course the world is a very different place today than it was 25 years ago, and so is the way people work, but what is constant is how Office has evolved to help people work in new ways, to be more productive and focus on what truly matters. Today, Office apps and services—from the traditional ones like Word, PowerPoint and Excel, to newer experiences like Office 365, Office Online, OneNote and OneDrive—are designed for the modern ways in which people work, delivering ever more personalized experiences, and helping people be productive from wherever they are and on any device. 

Celebrating 25 years of Office 

Click here to read more»

SureSkills & CoLab Combine for Best Practice Donegal Event

project and service management event Donegal


The event will aim to show that the points of integration between Project Management and Service Management are much deeper and more complex. Given the minimal industry discourse on integrating Project Management and Service Management, we plan to use this event as an open discussion with industry professionals and local industry case studies. 

Who Should Attend?

Primarily this event is aimed at Project Managers, Service / IT Managers and Business Analysts. Team Leaders, Project Coordinators, Project Managers, Project Directors, Strategic Managers, Education and Training Professionals, Directors and Managers, Software Programming Managers, Business Analysts, Systems Analysts, Business Technologists, Technical Analysts, Requirements Analysts, Requirements Planners, Process Managers, Product Design & Development Professionals, Business Process Engineers, Education and Training Professionals, Directors and Managers, IS/IT Managers, Quality Assurance Managers, Software Programming Managers  

Guest Speakers including: Ruaidhri McSharry, SureSkills Director of Service Management and Bill Heffernan, Principal Service Management Consultant, SureSkills / SP3 with another industry speaker tbc in the coming days.

Date: Tuesday, 14th of October 2014

Time: Registration from 08:00 with presentations kicking off at 08:30

Venue: CoLab LYIT,Port Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

The availability for this event is LIMITED so book NOW to avoid disappointment. 

If you require any additional details about this event email Marketing@SureSkills.Com or call our learning consultant on 01 240 22 22 (ROI) or 028 9093 5555 (NI)


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