ACCA partners with Cobweb to bring cloud to 70,000 members

Ross MacKenzie
Tags: Microsoft

Cobweb Solutions, the number one independent cloud hosting provider in the UK, today announced a partnership with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), to provide cloud services to over 70,000 UK accountants.

Together, Cobweb, Microsoft, and the ACCA aim to accelerate and drive the accountancy profession towards greater levels of productivity and client service through the use of cloud solutions and agile business models.

Through Cobweb, ACCA members will be able to access Microsoft’s Office 365 solutions as well as advanced security from the four products within Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) – Azure Active Directory Premium, Microsoft Intune, Azure Rights Management Service, and Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics. Additionally, with Microsoft funding the migration to the cloud, ACCA members in practice or business will find their membership benefits offering even greater value.

Chris Quick, head of ACCA Media, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Microsoft on our Marketplace scheme for ACCA members. Professional accountants have always been at the forefront of using technology in business, so our collaboration with Microsoft is very relevant to our members whatever sector they work in.”

Cobweb will provide the implementation for ACCA members, acting as their UK-based and Microsoft accredited service provider and migration support for all technical queries.

Providing accountancy professionals with the latest productivity tools is a key driver behind the initiative. However, security is also a key consideration and Cobweb’s partnership with the ACCA is designed to support chartered accountants in helping to prevent data breaches by protecting, detecting and responding with the right information and tools.

Glenn Woolaghan, SMB Director for Microsoft UK said “Accountancy professionals are at the heart of helping small businesses to become more productive. Microsoft is pleased to be helping valued professionals across the accountancy sector by providing them with access to the latest productivity tools, delivered seamlessly via Cobweb’s expertise.”

Michael Frisby, managing director of Cobweb Solutions explained, “Cybercriminals are picking on professionals who have the resources to make them ‘extortable’ targets. With ransomware, for example, crooks can lock up files, demanding money for each one, before giving up the keys. With the criminals setting the rates, this can be a very expensive way to get a business back on track.”

“Firms need to understand both the social engineering, or people manipulation aspects, as well as the business and technical elements to keep themselves safe.”

Cobweb, in partnership with Microsoft, is providing all ACCA members with free mailbox migration and the opportunity to receive a free Productivity & Security Review which is designed to help organisations identify and mitigate risks to their core data and IT assets, whilst maintaining employee agility and productivity. This offer is supported by a discount on a range of Microsoft cloud services and a free managed setup, to ensure ACCA members can move safely to the cloud and enjoy the always-updated and protected security/productivity benefits.

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