Latest Influential News

Microsoft Azure Website Launched

Posted on Wednesday 16th January 2019 2:58

Microsoft Azure Website Launched - Influential Software News

Widely accepted as the leading cloud for business applications and more, Microsoft Azure is playing a crucial role in the UK’s digital transformation. At Influential Software, our clients have seen the short- and long-term benefits of expert help with Azure development, deployment, migration, integration, hosting, security, and support. Now the Azure team’s work is reaching a wider audience through a new Microsoft Azure website.

Azure Development

Azure provides a platform for our developers to create cloud-native, easily scalable applications that drive your business faster. There’s no need for costly infrastructure, and our team’s agile approach to Azure development ensures an application that fits your exact needs.

Azure Deployment

A successful move to Azure cloud requires experienced assessment and planning. Our Azure deployment services follow a structured and reliable process that prevents any risk to your business. From initial consulting through planning and configuration, the Azure deployment team has your cloud covered.

Azure Integration

Azure makes it even easier for our team to integrate on-premises and cloud applications. From data to workflows, B2B to legacy software, there’s no limit to Azure integration with built-in and custom connectors.

Azure Hosting

Based on Microsoft’s global capability and renowned security, Azure is the world’s most trusted cloud provider. Influential Software has provided Azure hosting services to major UK clients, with a complete package of consulting and support services to keep everything running perfectly.

Azure Migration

Whether moving from on-premises or another cloud provider, our Azure migration services use a tried and tested methodology. Following assessment of the applications, workloads, and processes you plan to migrate, our team can provide an expert view on the best migration tool for your purposes.

Azure Support

Our Azure support services are designed to reduce the strain on your IT resources while providing expert assistance when needed. The Azure support team guarantees uptime, protects data, and reduces costs with tailored service level agreements (SLA).

Interested in the business cloud? Feel free to explore our dedicated Azure site.


New Umbraco Services Website

Posted on Friday 4th January 2019 3:22

Umbraco Services Website - Influential Software UK

From small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, over 500,000 businesses use the Umbraco CMS to power their websites. The reason is simple: Umbraco is the most scalable, intuitive, functional, fast, and secure CMS out there. Based on the Microsoft .NET language, Umbraco is also the natural tool for our .NET development team. And now UK clients can explore our full capabilities on a dedicated Umbraco services website.

Custom Umbraco Development

With over 10 years of experience in .NET development, our team has a deep understanding of the language behind Umbraco. That makes all the difference when creating a custom CMS or website design. By consulting users from the very start, our Umbraco developers ensure a CMS that makes your editors creative, productive, and happy. We all know that positive editors make for positive content!

From initial strategy and planning through design and build, our developers take an agile, personalised approach to each project. Team specialisms include responsive web design, custom CMS development, e-commerce solutions, Umbraco Forms, Umbraco Courier, and Umbraco Headless.

Integrate Umbraco with Anything

Whichever systems you want to use with your website, there’s a way to integrate Umbraco. Besides our developer skills, the Influential Software team is also highly skilled in integration – as shown by our MuleSoft and Dell Boomi partnerships.

Umbraco allows us to create a seamless flow between your website and back office, marketing, payment, visual, and custom systems.

Umbraco Hosting and Umbraco Cloud

Choosing Umbraco hosting by a trusted third party in the UK means lower costs and fewer risks for your business. Alongside hosting, our support and maintenance packages will cover you against any eventuality.

Umbraco’s own hosting, known as Umbraco Cloud, offers exclusive features and a stable, predictable platform. Our team can accelerate your migration to Umbraco Cloud, offer integration expertise, and give custom support.

Migrate Your CMS to Umbraco

Migrating to the latest version, Umbraco 7, brings a faster interface, stronger security, and simpler coding tools. And Umbraco 8 is just around the corner.

Using the latest automated tools, our team avoids the time, errors, and risks of manual migration. It’s easy to migrate to Umbraco from any CMS, including Wix, Joomla, WordPress, or Drupal. We’ll make sure your content keeps its styling, layout, SEO tags, metadata, attachments, and more.

Tailored Support and Maintenance

When your website is your face on the world, every second of uptime matters. Our Umbraco support team will find a custom service level agreement (SLA) to suit your business. We also offer Umbraco health checks that assess the quality and performance of your site.

Looking to boost your presence online? Ask our team to get started.

Influential Software 2018 Review & 2019 Predictions

2018 Review & 2019 Predictions - Influential Software Blog

For the team at Influential Software, 2018 was a year of growth and change. Based on that positive record, what can we expect from the coming year? To get a better idea, let’s take a look back with our 2018 review of digital transformation success.

2018 Review: Major Clients and New Partners

Influential Software attracted some top-drawer names in 2018. From Arsenal Football Club to Pret a Manger, City of London Police to Gatwick Airport, and to Deloitte, our digital services were very much in demand.

Having ridden the waves of IT for over 20 years, we know that agility is the key to success. That’s why we’re always aiming to diversify and consolidate our skills with new partnerships and services. In the integration realm, we partnered with Dell Boomi and HULFT last year. Our Adaptive Insights partnership enabled us to offer cutting-edge financial planning software. And by partnering with Metalogix we broadened our services for SharePoint and Office 365.

Overall, we saw that UK organisations know the value of digital and are keen to reap the benefits. Under pressure to transform quickly, businesses have also realised the need for expert help. Our success this year depended on forward-thinking IT and business leaders who trusted us to solve their digital challenges.

2019 Predictions: Digital Acceleration

Given that tech expanded 2.6 times faster than the rest of the UK economy in 2018, we strongly expect this trend to continue. And technology doesn’t exist in isolation. Our clients approach us for real-world solutions that help them work faster and smarter than before. As long as businesses want to serve the digital generation – which is practically everyone these days – demand for digital transformation will increase.

More specifically, there are a few areas we expect to grow rapidly in 2019.

1. Tech Recruitment

While the tech economy is booming, there are dark clouds on the horizon. These represent a digital skills gap in the UK. Studies last year showed that 43 percent of UK adults did not have the basic digital skills needed for 63 percent of jobs. What’s more, only 16 percent of executives say their teams have the skills necessary to deliver their digital strategies.

All of this means that tech recruitment and training are becoming crucial for UK businesses to thrive. Thankfully, Influential Software is meeting this need with a range of technical recruitment and training services. Alongside recruitment for business intelligence, development, and support, we also specialise in MuleSoft recruitment, MuleSoft training, and BusinessObjects training.

2. Systems Integration

We love useful new applications. Over the years, businesses will continue to acquire more and more of them. The sticking point appears when that business wants to see the big picture, and it’s wrapped in layers of uncommunicative software. A good integration solution allows businesses to take on as many applications as they like, from any source, while keeping everything transparent and secure.  

As the digital economy continues to expand, so will the need for integration. Having partnered with MuleSoft in 2016, we followed up with Dell Boomi and HULFT partnerships in 2018. These three partners give us huge flexibility in solving integration challenges large and small.

3. Website & CMS Development

Websites are the new storefronts. With the right design, they can do everything that a physical shop does – and then some. It’s easy to see that website design and content management system (CMS) development will show strong growth in 2019.

Based on our development background in Microsoft .NET, we launched our Umbraco services site in 2018. On top of our long-standing work with Java and PHP, the Umbraco site showcases our skills with the world’s most powerful web development tool.

Unlimited Potential for Change

These 2019 predictions are only a snapshot of the likely trends. We could add that cloud computing, Internet of Things solutions, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are also set to grow in 2019. And with services for SAP Partner Managed Cloud, SAP Cloud Platform, and SAP Leonardo, our team is digitally ready for all outcomes.

Is your business looking to transform in 2019? Ask one of our experts how.

Influential Partner HULFT Expands EU Services

Posted on Thursday 3rd January 2019 12:34

HULFT approached UK digital integration specialists Influential Software to become UK partners in Q3 2018 and have now announced they are building on their success to further expand across Europe.

HULFT is a comprehensive data logistics platform that is quickly becoming the global leader in digital integration. Partnering with European market leaders such as Influential Software is just part of their global expansion strategy.

Together, Hulft and Influential Software provide customers with both the strategic expertise and the unified platform they need to overcome the most complex data integration challenges.

HULFT has decades of experience helping more than 10,000 customers transform their data, automate manual processes, and bridge the chasm between legacy systems and digital transformation… We’re excited to bring our proven history of customer success across all industries into the European market.

Junichi Yamazaki, director of business development for EMEA, HULFT, Inc.

The Hulft-Influential Software partnership brings business cutting-edge digital integration tools and experience to UK businesses. That’s great news for our more than 100 active UK clients, who can benefit from industry-leading technical and business processes with complete data integration solutions. Soon even more of our clients will be able to deliver trusted data from sources across their organisation.

The HULFT data logistics platform includes:

HULFT Integrate

Comprehensive, high-speed data integration architecture.
Securely compatible with all major data destinations through a simple, clean visual interface.

HULFT Transfer

A next-generation file transfer solution.
Moves large volume, high-frequency information quickly, securely, and reliably.

HULFT Director

A highly flexible, intuitive, web-based central management for all data workflows.
HULFT Director is fully scalable and adjustable to your organisation’s needs.

Visit Influentials HUFLT-Integrate or HULFT-Transfer websites to find out more.

Find UK Data Integration and Data Transfer Solutions

Interested in HULFT products and services? Or looking for support and advice on integration projects? If so, talk to our team today.

Our New Clients in Q4, 2018

Posted on Tuesday 1st January 2019 11:18

Q4 2018 - Influential New Clients

The last part of the year has seen even more UK clients transform their businesses with Influential Software. Our new clients in Q4, 2018 included local government, global manufacturing, a UK trade association, and a county police force.

Wrapping Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 into one festive package, we see that 34 new clients came to Influential Software in 2018. From energy to property, retail to finance, and government to education, our team has made a tangible difference to UK organisations this year.

Strategic partnerships with vendors such as Dell Boomi, Adaptive Insights, Metalogix, and HULFT have strengthened our skills this year. Clients have drawn on the full range of our services, including website development, integration, support, licence sales, consulting, migration, and training.

If you’re considering the next step in your digital transformation, it’s easy to find out what you can achieve with Influential Software.

Selected New Clients in Q4, 2018:

North Lanarkshire Council

CTO Technologies



Nottinghamshire Police

CDS Global

MotorCycle Industry Association

Goodman Masson

Edwards Vacuum

North Lanarkshire Council - New Influential Customers

Client: North Lanarkshire Council

Sector: Public Sector

North Lanarkshire Council is a local council in southern Scotland, bordering the city of Glasgow. The county has an area of 470 kilometres squared, and had a population of 338,260 in 2015.

The council is responsible for management of all services in the local area, including housing, education, business, transport, health, and social care.

This client benefitted from Influential Software’s expertise in all aspects of business intelligence, as well as our decades of experience with public sector clients.

CTO Technologies, an IT services company

Client: CTO Technologies

Sector: IT

CTO Technologies is an IT services company based in South East England. The company’s services include consulting, managed services, workspace virtualisation, cyber security, infrastructure services, and licence optimisation.

By choosing Influential Software to assist with a software project, CTO Technologies drew on the range of skills and technologies within our 80-strong team.

escalla, IT training providers.

Client: escalla

Sector: IT

escalla is a UK-based provider of IT training, specialising in the skills of Office 365. The company’s services include off-the-shelf e-learning and LMS hosting, training resources, legislative services, and systems integration.

When other IT companies come to Influential Software, it shows the value that our services hold in the sector.

Deloitte, an international IT and consulting company. Clients of Influential Software.

Client: Deloitte

Sector: IT

Deloitte is an international IT and consulting company, incorporating tens of thousands of professional in independent companies worldwide.

Deloitte provides for a wide range of sectors with auditing, consulting, financial advice, risk management, tax, and related services.

Deloitte sought out Influential Software’s expertise to supplement its operations in the UK.

Nottinghamshire Police, UK Public Sector, responsible for law enforcement in Nottinghamshire.

Client: Nottinghamshire Police

Sector: Public Sector

Nottinghamshire police is responsible for law enforcement in Nottinghamshire, an East Midlands county with a population of over 1 million.

Around 3,200 officers and staff work on the force, which covers an area of 2,160 square kilometres.

Having worked with a great variety of police and emergency services across the country, including City of London Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade, Influential Software was the natural choice for Nottinghamshire Police.

CDS Global, provider of business process solutions across the customer lifecycle.

Client: CDS Global

Sector: IT

CDS Global is a provider of business process solutions across the customer lifecycle.

Services encompass customer service, data solutions, e-commerce, mailing, marketing, telemarketing, order management, payment, warehousing, and distribution.

CDS Global approached Influential Software for a bespoke project, trusting in the unmatched results that our clients have come to expect.

Motorcycle Industry Association, a trade association representing around 85 percent of motorcycle suppliers in the UK.

Client: Motorcycle Industry Association

Sector: Automotive

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) is a trade association representing around 85 percent of motorcycle suppliers in the UK.

The MCIA works with the UK government and related organisations to promote the interests of motorcycle manufacturers, importers, and suppliers of accessories and components.

Influential Software’s track record with similarly large organisations drew the MCIA to our best-value services.

Goodman Masson, a recruitment firm specialising in finance, technology, executive search, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO).

Client: Goodman Masson

Sector: Recruitment

Goodman Masson is a recruitment firm specialising in finance, technology, executive search, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). The company has offices in London, Dusseldorf, and New York.

Goodman Masson chose Influential Software’s services to ensure a fast, targeted recruitment system for all its UK customers.

Edwards Vacuum, a developer and manufacturer of vacuum systems and abatement solutions.

Client: Edwards Vacuum

Sector: Manufacturing

Edwards Vacuum is a developer and manufacturer of vacuum systems and abatement solutions, as well as providing related services.

These systems are used in the manufacturing of technologies such as semiconductors, LEDs, and solar cells, as well as within the steel, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.

Influential Software’s experience of connecting complex systems within the manufacturing industry and beyond was an important factor for Edwards Vacuum.

See You in 2019!

This year has been an excellent one for us and our clients. As a privately owned company based only in the UK, Influential Software strives to serve every customer with the utmost care and attention. 2018 has shown that our services are sorely needed if UK businesses aim to stay competitive. That trend is only going to grow in 2019 – so watch this space!

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to transform your business? Ask us for advice today.