The history of igroup

Established since 2005

The history of igroup

Established since 2005

igroup is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Amazon AWS partner delivering consultancy, development, support and hosting of software services in the UK.  igroup started out developing software on mobile devices. The company grew rapidly and by 2007 had moved into the Microsoft space focusing on SharePoint, then Azure in 2010, and more recently AWS.

Back in 2012 we identified that businesses were suffering from the same repetitive issues around cloud configuration and maintenance, disaster recovery, anti-virus, and malware protection, both prior to, and following on from a move to the cloud. We created a piece of software called Cloud Control, this empowers IT departments to take control and manage their infrastructure.

In 2017, we identified another widespread problem within businesses across the UK. Managing IT infrastructure in the cloud can very quickly run up expensive monthly costs. Most cloud solutions do not provide a straightforward way to track and analyse your usage, or set budget alerts. igroup created IT Cost Control, an IT financial management solution, which is now typically saving businesses up to 20% of their overall IT spend.

In 2021 we launched the CloudOps Active Management Solution (CAMS)  our always-on cloud support and management solution which reduces costs and ensures optimum infrastructure performance. It can be implemented across any existing or new Azure and AWS environment letting customers focus on delivering applications and services, not managing their cloud infrastructure.

We continue to strive to improve the customer experience using Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

2005

Company Established!

igroup was founded by Steve Rastall and began selling mobile devices and developing in .net.

Fast Growth!

With increasing customer numbers, igroup quickly became a market leader in the mobile space.

2006

2007

Move into SharePoint

The launch of SharePoint in 2007 led to increasing demand among igroup’s clients.

SharePoint Specialists!

igroup’s expert deployment of custom SharePoint intranets, leads to recognition as a Microsoft Gold Partner.

2008

2009

Development Team Expand

igroup expanded its development team to become one of the largest specialists in the UK.

Move into Azure!

igroup were the first to deploy SharePoint into Windows Azure. igroup team were invited to Redmond by Microsoft

2010

2011

igroup introduce flexible support

igroup introduced flexible support credits, meaning that clients no longer need a long term contract for access to support.

Cloud Control Launch!

igroup evolved into one of the top users of Azure globally. We launched Cloud Control to help clients mange their costs effectively.

2012

2013

The Acquisition of technical expertise fuels further growth

Making successful hires within key technical roles, enables igroup to build on its strong reputation in SharePoint and Azure services.

New Headquarters!

igroup moved to their new head office in Cheshire, and opened a new office in central London.

2014

2015

Focus on Azure

igroup launched Cloud Control to complement Azure. We saved some of our existing clients 40% of their annual Azure spend.

AWS

igroup branches out to Amazon AWS to increase our offering to customers.

2016

2017

Launch of IT Cost Control

Recognising the need for improved billing data for Azure, we built IT Cost Control. This new solution provides big data analysis of Azure usage to provide granular reporting about infrastructure use.

Technology Improvement

igroup launches a new support system for clients that allows for quicker resolution of issues.

2018

2019

New Solutions

igroup launches new hybrid and remote working solutions tailored to the needs of businesses of all sizes.

New Infrastructure Tools

Infrastructure management tools are combined to improve customer support, improve cloud performance and reduce operational costs.

2020

2021

Launching CAMS

Following years of investment and development igroup launch cams, the CloudOps Active Management Solution, which delivers a proactive monitoring and management solution for customer cloud environments.

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