With insurance workers increasingly mobile, a better solution is needed to provide access to all the data, files and applications the industry needs. With smart businesses already using technology to improve customer engagement by digitising sales and service channels, the hosted desktop is playing a vital role in the big data technology revolution.
MAKE SMARTER DECISIONS
With access to enterprise-level informational tools that may otherwise be out of reach, you get all the benefits (and more!) of a traditional IT infrastructure, at a fraction of the cost. By bringing together processes and data, you can access enhanced management information – in real time – leading to more informed decision making.
With strict consumer protection regulations, a robust and safe environment is a must-have for your critical applications. Supporting insurance professionals as they migrate to the cloud, we help you to comply with FCA regulations; so you can rest assured that your business is in safe hands.
BETTER MANAGE ALL YOUR DATA
The introduction of comparison websites, the growth of internet searches and the rise of social media means that insurance companies need to efficiently manage data and enquiries from a wide range of digital sources. With the hosted desktop all your users get access to a standard set of applications and functionality, across multiple locations and devices.
INTEGRATE YOUR INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS
If you have any insurance-specific applications, or your own custom applications, we make sure these are fully integrated with your hosted desktop solution.
Common IT Problems That Insurance Firms Face
1 – Your current IT infrastructure is complex and complicated
Here at Cloud Geeni, we see far too many firms in the insurance sector being slowed down by an IT infrastructure that is more complex than it needs to be. Firms who:
Manage a host of different physical servers, which require a great deal of manpower in order to maintain, alongside requiring significant expenditure should you need to replace them, upgrade them, or support with modern and comprehensive disaster recovery and back-up systems.
Tussle with multiple applications, all hosted in different environments – not to mention paying for multiple associated licenses.
Having an IT environment like this slows you down. Worse yet, it can cost you money, create silos between different departments, and lead to mistakes and inefficiencies that can negatively impact on your firm’s performance, competency and reliability
By choosing Cloud Geeni’s Managed IaaS and cloud computing services, you can untangle this problem while making your IT infrastructure more efficient and making your billing more simplified, freeing your IT team to focus on the projects that add real value to your business. You also benefit from having a single point of contact — allowing you to enjoy better functionality, flexibility and security.
2 – Your IT staff are busy performing the less important tasks
If you have physical on-site IT infrastructure, chances are your IT staff’s time is taken up by constantly fixing issues with it. They’re essentially digital fire fighters who are always at the mercy of a technological malfunction. It’s their responsibility to get your system back up and running before the business day commences – otherwise, your firm loses precious time (and money), and they risk facing the wrath of your employees.
If your IT staff are constantly having to deal with these minor tasks, then this means they are not properly utilising their time and talents. As much as some people in the office may think they’re exaggerating or complaining, they simply don’t have enough time to focus on the bigger projects. We see this scenario in a lot of prospective clients in the insurance sector.
3 – Cost, cost, cost
Your current IT infrastructure is probably placing a heavy financial burden on your firm — one that doesn’t have to be as heavy as it is.
If you have your own on-premise IT infrastructure, you have the cost of purchasing, installing, configuring and maintaining your own servers and hardware. Then there’s the cost of upgrading your hardware (which you’re advised to do every three to five years) or expanding things like your storage space, computing power or user accounts, which take time to implement.
If you have some applications in the cloud, the cost of juggling multiple services from different cloud companies can be uneconomical. On top of that, there’s the cost of having excessive manpower required to manage these different products/services.
In the insurance sector, where the billable hour is the primary source of revenue, time is literally money. Your firm can’t afford to be slowed down by a sloppy IT infrastructure.
How Cloud Geeni’s Managed IaaS Can Benefit Insurance Firms
Whether you’re dealing with a complicated IT environment, an overworked IT team, or a financially-overbearing infrastructure, no insurance firm should have to put up with these kinds of IT problems.
When you choose Cloud Geeni and our Managed IaaS and cloud computing services, insurance firms can remove problems while boosting their billable hours. Our Managed IaaS solution can involve moving your IT infrastructure from its current on-site server into our private cloud, where it’s delivered back to you and managed 24/7 by our team of experts.
With robust security measures and a comprehensive disaster recovery system, you won’t need to worry about downtime or the loss of sensitive data – a major concern for any insurance firm. What’s more, Managed IaaS allows your teams to work remotely, wherever they need to be.
Maximise your billable hour
Managed IaaS is an incredibly efficient computing solution. Your data can be hosted in the cloud, meaning that your employees can access their data on any device at any time and any place.
We lift your entire infrastructure in the cloud as one entity — as opposed to a series of disconnected applications — helping to improve collaboration and communication. You can avoid the headaches of dealing with multiple companies; your IaaS platform is provided and managed by one company: Cloud Geeni.
Upgrading to IaaS is also incredibly painless. The migration process is fully managed by ourselves and is a quick and easy process. IaaS offers seamless scalability, allowing you to quickly and easily expand or upgrade your service as and when you need.
With Cloud Geeni’s Managed IaaS, your data and applications can be hosted in our private cloud and stored on dedicated servers located at our secure ISO-accredited data centres across the UK.
Managed IaaS operates on a per-user subscription model, so you only pay for the precise resources and licensing you require each and every month. Your IaaS platform provides far greater value for money.
Furthermore, our guaranteed SLA’s reduce the costs associated with business downtime. This is especially important for insurance firms who rely on the billable hour.
With many clients in the insurance sector, we know just how important the safety and security of your data is.
For starters, we store your data on secure servers at UK-based data centres that are tier 3 ISO-accredited, which means they meet one of the highest certification standards. Our data centres are equipped with fire detection and suppression systems, temperature control and iris recognition entry technology.
We safeguard your cloud-hosted data from hackers or cyber criminals with robust security measures, including firewall protection, cloud encryption, anti-virus and anti-malware software, two-factor authentication and the ability to instantaneously strip data and access to any lost or stolen devices.
Zero downtime or data loss
Our Managed IaaS platform eliminates downtime and staves off disaster, ensuring business continuity.
We have a comprehensive disaster recovery system in place. In emergency circumstances which might mean your primary data centre suffers to a flood, fire or power outage, we will migrate your infrastructure across its sibling server. This ensures that your business has continuity 24/7 without disruption of service or loss of data.
Furthermore, your server performance is monitored 24/7. Our Microsoft-certified engineers are notified immediately of issues at any the time of day.
Helps your IT staff
We take over the responsibility of monitoring and maintaining your cloud-hosted infrastructure and ensure it’s performing at optimal levels at all times. This means that your IT staff are no longer burdened with the pressure of quickly fixing a server at any hour of the day or night.
This frees them up to dedicate more time to exploring new technologies and ways in which they can improve systems and operations, allowing them to add real value to your firm.
IaaS can also improve relations between your IT department and other teams. No longer do your IT staff have to bear the brunt of your employees’ frustrations over their computer malfunctioning or a server going down. They can improve the end user experience and make the rest of your employees’ jobs easier through technological improvements.
Why Accountants & Financial Advisors Should Choose Cloud Geeni
We’re insurance industry experts
Having managed and supported many insurance firms’ cloud infrastructure for the last 15 years, we know your industry inside out.
We’re familiar with the common problems that insurance firms face and can anticipate — and advise you on — problems before they happen. We’re familiar with the legacy systems and hybrid cloud infrastructures that many firms have. We know the laws, regulations and compliance issues. We know your security concerns and how to solve them. We know how to build a hosted infrastructure that suits and benefits accounting firms. And we can offer solutions you might not have even considered.
Because we’ve been providing Managed IaaS platforms to many insurance firms over a number of years, we’ve refined and perfected our service, resulting in a better experience for our clients while still tailoring our service to meet your needs and creating a bespoke package.
Wealth of experience
Cloud Geeni has over 35 years of experience delivering computing solutions. Since 1984, we’ve been a reputable and trusted name in the industry – and we have a wealth of experience when it comes to designing and implementing cloud computing solutions that solve problems, improve operations and help to maximise accounting firms’ billable hours.
Our engineers and support team have been with us for over a decade, meaning that we have a combined experience of over 40 years in our team alone. Cloud Geeni were one of the first adopters of cloud computing in the UK, and have remained at the forefront of the technology ever since thanks to our passion for innovation.
Just because CLoud Geeni is almost 40 years old, it doesn’t mean we’re out of touch. In fact, one of the reasons we’ve had such continued success is because of our dedication to continually innovate and adapt within the industry. We dedicate staff hours every month to developing our services, which allows us to provide an improved service while staying ahead of the competition.
Friendly, down-to-earth people
Cloud Geeni isn’t like other IT or tech companies. Aside from being experts at what we do, we’re also lovely people to work with. We strive to provide a service that’s top drawer yet down-to-earth. From our engineers and consultants through to our support team, we’re friendly, supportive, dedicated, passionate and attentive. We’re always accessible to our clients, and our specialist teams are always willing to go the extra mile. With Cloud Geeni, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.
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