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Article Type: Opinion          Published: 03-2015         Views: 2892      



Rainforest charity to benefit from iomart campaign

Cloud company iomart was recently chosen by Microsoft to be part of its Cloud Service Provider Program in Europe, as the IT giant looks to work with a number of selected CSPs globally to promote its Office 365 software to small and medium businesses. The company's first step in this new initiative was the launch of an exciting celebrity-led campaign at this year's Cloud Expo, called 'Savethecloud 365'.

'Savethecloud 365' was launched on the first day of Cloud Expo with a special guest appearance by 'I'm A Celebrity ….Get Me Out Of Here' contestant Vicki Michelle. Vicki was present on iomart's stand to help promote how Office 365 can support remote and flexible working and simplify IT business management.

As part of the campaign iomart is partnering with the environmental charity Rainforest Concern, which is helping to save part of the threatened Cloud Forest in Ecuador. For every Office 365 licence sold by iomart, a donation will be made to the charity to help it buy a portion of land in the Choco Andean Corridor in the north west of Ecuador which will protect the land for the indigenous population and the local wildlife.

Peter Bennett, Executive Director and Founder of Rainforest Concern, says, "We're delighted that iomart is supporting us through its 'Savethecloud 365' campaign. Ecuador is one of the most diverse regions for flora and fauna and has the highest density of mammals per metre anywhere in the world, and yet the Ecuadorian forest is disappearing at a rate of over 200,000 hectares a year. We are working to stop this and maintain the landscape so the birds, animals and local people can all continue to survive."

At the moment rangers working for the charity in the Cloud Forest often have to travel hundreds of miles to get to an internet-enabled or Wi-Fi facility to download the images and data they compile out in the field. Even then data transfers can be difficult. iomart's 'Savethecloud365' campaign will arm them with tablets loaded with Office 365 to enable them to work better and smarter.

Phil Worms explains, "What Office 365 allows you to do is take your office on the road. You can better communicate with colleagues, customers and get access to top level productivity tools. The applications mean you can create, edit, share and store content from your tablet, laptop and phone with anyone in real time and because it's via the cloud you can decide who has access to it whether they're inside or out of your organisation. We want to ensure the Rainforest Concern rangers enjoy these same benefits as they work on their important projects."

As iomart evolves as a cloud company it is building stronger relationships with the world's leading technology companies. Microsoft's vision is to empower people through technology and a cloud-first world and iomart has been chosen to help it achieve that. iomart will provide the technical support management and expertise to support businesses who want to move to Office 365.

Bill Strain, Chief Technology Officer for iomart, says, "It's hardly surprising that people compare the IT marketplace to a jungle. It can be a wild and untamed place to be and difficult to navigate without a knowledgeable guide. It is this hypothetical wilderness that is leading more and more businesses to select a trusted advisor and 'cloud agnostic' single cloud service providers like iomart to assist them on their cloud journey. Choosing an expert Cloud Service Provider who you can build a lasting relationship with and who has the expertise to deliver a variety of requirements ensures you can architect services to meet your exact needs."

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