by Nicki Dowsett in Audio Systems, CCTV, Engineers, fibre optics, Fire Alarms, Hardware, Helpdesk, Hosted phone, IT Support, IT Systems, Microsoft, MPR, Office Move, point to point wirless, Server cabinet, Software, SQL Server, Structured Cabling, TV Distribution, Web Hosting, Websites, Wireless networks
Early in 2008, three friends – Alex, Richard and Andy became disenchanted by the way IT Support was provided to businesses in Kent and the South East. They felt that customer service and relationships were not a priority and it would result in many businesses bouncing around support companies on a regular basis.
After many discussions the three friends took the decision to start a new IT Support business offering a more pro-active relationship with customers, with the aim “To never sacrifice our high level of customer service for growth, we hope and believe that through good customer service our business will become the market leader in Kent.”
In the late spring of 2008, MPR IT Solutions was born in a small garden office with Alex, Andy and Richard utilising their individual skills to provide daily support and installation of network infrastructure.
With a strong belief that building relationships with customers, understanding the requirements of the business and employees it would give a clearer idea as to how technology can support and help customers to grow their own business. By offering impartial advice in simple terms and by not being tied to any one supplier means that MPR IT Solutions can ensure that the hardware and software required is the best to meet the individual needs.
11 Years on from the start
Over the last 11 years the business has grown substantially with an annual turnover of £1.4million, employing 24 people and supporting over 250 businesses across the South East. With a customer base comprising of a wide variety of customers from small home run businesses to large multi-office business throughout the UK and everything and anything in between.
The team handle over a thousand support tickets each month with 97% closed within an hour. To ensure that the level of service doesn’t reduce in any way we regularly ask for feedback and are immensely proud that we score 5/5 in 99% of our surveys. A large proportion of customers have been with MPR IT for many years and are happy to recommend our services to other business, it is clear, that the vision initially formed has proved to be a success.
Moving to Henwood Industrial Estate
Since the time spent in the garden office, MPR IT have moved several times to keep up with the on-going growth of the business and need to expand.
It was agreed at the end of 2018 that MPR IT would need to consider another move, and so we have recently relocated to the Henwood Estate. Using our own team of Engineers, we could guarantee the task of fitting out our new home would meet all the requirements we need today and pre-empting any future expansions. The project to refit the office took about 3 months and involved using our own knowledge, experience and skills. Once the initial building work was completed the team set about refitting the office from scratch using the skills and services that we offer to our own customers.
With so many changes in technology since MPR IT Solutions was first conceived, it was clear from the onset that our skills and offerings would need to become more and more diverse. No longer just offering daily IT Support, MPR IT now offers a wide range of services and products, including installation of Structured Cabling Networks, Server Infrastructure, Wireless networks, Point to Point Wireless, Fire Alarm, CCTV and Door Entry/Security systems along with Audio Visual installations.
Training & Encouraging the Team
Since the start of MPR IT Solutions we have employed 7 apprentices supporting local people to learn and qualify within the IT Industry. We strongly believe that young people should be given the opportunity to learn new skills and the chance to have a career and always open to take on more in the future. Many of our apprentices have gone on to stay with us and once qualified have become valued field engineers within MPR IT Solutions. Support is provided for any team member that would like to further their knowledge or qualifications.Read more
From researching this subject there are many blogs, reviews and pages giving information on SQL Servers and the end of support. As well as the many different options out there to replace the 2005 version. Much of which washes over my head and confuses me more. I am sure the same could be said for many people out there. When I write our blogs, my aim is to make a subject simple and easy to understand. Thankfully I am not at MPR for my tech expertise, I leave that to our helpdesk and engineers. That’s their speciality, they have it down to a fine art of understanding and reviewing all products on the market. So here is what I have learnt about SQL servers in normal simple terms that you & I will probably understand.
Microsoft SQL server is a database server developed by the Microsoft Corporation back in the 90’s and has progressed as with many things over time with various new releases. The time has now come that Microsoft will stop providing updates and support for this particular version, as with many of their older systems. We have previously experienced the end of support for various Windows operating systems, such as Windows 2003 server in July 2015.
In basic terms a SQL server is mainly used to fetch the data requested by any other software from the data stored in the server itself. The software, which requests the data from the server, could be on the same computer or either could be located away on a different computer connected remotely via the internet.
Microsoft SQL 2005 a.k.a. Yukon was launched in October 2005 by the Microsoft Corporation. At the time of its launch, it consisted of some advanced and extra features which the preceding version didn’t have. The same is for the new launch of any new product. Since its launch there have been further versions released as time has gone on that have been more advanced and effective.
From 12 April 2016, if you are running the 2005 version you will no longer receive any security updates from Microsoft and so could be at risk to attack or loss of your data. Microsoft are now recommending that you upgrade your SQL Server 2005 to either SQL Server 2014 or to Azure SQL Server to maintain security and compliance.
Our team at MPR can help you make the decision between all the options available based on your business needs and help to plan the upgrade and roll out to your business with minimal disruption. There are many different variables to help make the choice between SQL servers, whether cloud based (Azure SQL Server) or on-site (SQL Server 2014) MPR will investigate which of the options are most suited to your business. Additionally giving you the peace of mind that the upgrade has been carried out professionally along with any additional support you may require.
Please contact the team at MPR if you are running SQL Server 2005 or if you are unsure of the SQL Server version you are operating to discuss your options.Read more