Xalient achieves Cyber Essentials certification

October is #CyberSecurity month so what better time to announce that we’ve obtained Cyber Essentials certification.

Cyber Essentials is a widely recognised, government-backed scheme that assists businesses in protecting themselves against cyber-attacks, viruses and malware. In an age where organisations rely so heavily upon the sound operation of their IT infrastructures, a cyber-attack can have far reaching and devastating consequences costing organisations time, money and resources, as well as impacting heavily upon their reputation.

This accreditation further evidences our commitment to always ensuring that sensitive and confidential information is handled securely and is safe from security breaches. Attaining Cyber Essentials certification shows that we take cyber security and the protection of our client’s data seriously.

You can view our Cyber Essentials certificate here.

Xalient expands US presence with senior appointment

Pictured: Mike Shishman

Global network transformation services company, Xalient, has announced the appointment of Mike Shishman as Vice President, Americas.

In this role, Mike is responsible for leading and building Xalient’s team in the US to meet growing regional demand. He will also assume immediate leadership of three of Xalient’s flagship US-based accounts, Keurig Dr Pepper, Kellogg’s and Mondelez, based out of Xalient’s Chicago office.

A graduate from Purdue University and Krannert School of Management, Mike brings more than 20 years of global business management experience gained in senior technology roles at Avaya, Tierpoint, Eltek and NaviSite.

“I am excited to be joining Xalient, which, as an independent company, can respond quickly to client needs and remain impartial and customer-focused in its solutions. My goal is to ensure we are part of every meaningful conversation large enterprises are having about secure network transformation” Mike said.

“Mike is a great addition to our global leadership team. He has deep technology experience in cloud, networks and managed services combined with multiple years of senior business development experience across all markets,” said Sherry Vaswani, Xalient CEO. “We look forward to further expanding our US presence and ensuring that our Network-as-a-Service proposition, bringing together the value of SD-WAN, cloud security and identity management, is communicated to the growing global enterprise market”.

The addition of Shishman caps off a successful first half of 2019, during which Xalient signed new partnerships with several leading global industry players, all of whom have selected Xalient to support and improve the implementation of their global transformation strategies.

About Xalient

Xalient is an independent, ‘born in the cloud’ consulting and managed services organisation focused on WAN transformation. We design, build and manage global networks, using software-defined networking, communication, identity management and security solutions for large organisations.

Xalient is headquartered in London with offices in the UK and USA.

To find out more about Xalient’s services, please email hello@xalient.com.

Xalient CCS supplier on G-Cloud 11 Framework

We’re delighted to announce that Xalient has been awarded a place as a Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Supplier offering cloud services in the areas of networks, security and communications infrastructure.

The G-Cloud 11 Framework went live on 2 July 2019 enabling central government, local councils, NHS trusts and other public-sector organisations to purchase technologies such as SD-WAN and cloud security solutions.

Get in touch at hello@xalient.com if you’d like to know more about our services to the public sector.

What is the G-Cloud 11 Framework?

G-Cloud is the UK government’s initiative to help public sector organisations easily adopt cloud-based and digital services. A new version of the framework is usually released every six to nine months with G-Cloud 11 being the latest iteration.

The framework is underpinned by the government’s ‘Cloud First’ policy and approach to IT, encouraging the public sector to make the most of cloud solutions rather than onsite alternatives. Organisations are able to search and choose from various suppliers offering cloud-based and digital technology services in the UK via the Digital Marketplace website with the peace of mind they are purchasing from an approved G-Cloud supplier.

The Digital Marketplace

The Digital Marketplace makes G-Cloud suppliers more easily accessible through a single website.

Services within the G-Cloud 11 framework are split into three categories:  Cloud Software, Cloud Hosting and Cloud Support. The Digital Marketplace website streamlines the process of selling and purchasing cloud services, with each solution listing available with a complete specification breakdown.

In order to be listed, suppliers must undergo a rigorous application process to ensure they meet G-Cloud 11’s focus and requirements on cybersecurity, data security and security accreditations, along with meeting the necessary UK business legislation.

We’re proud to welcome three new hires to the team –  Paul Edwards, Neil Polson and Joe Rogers.

Headshots of three new Xalient employees

Pictured left to right: Neil Polson, Senior Business Development Manager; Paul Edwards, Account Director; & Joe Rogers, Major Account Director.

Paul Edwards joins us as Account Director, taking responsibility for several of Xalient’s major accounts as well as new business development in the Transport and Logistics sector. Paul brings with him a significant track record in the IT and Communications industry as a sales leader and client manager. He joins from Samsung Electronics where he held a senior business development role. Prior to Samsung Paul held sales and channel management roles at Brocade and AVMI.

Neil Polson joins as a Senior Business Development Manager, with responsibility for new client acquisition in the pharmaceuticals, energy and public sectors. Neil has an extensive background in mobility, managed cloud, security and infrastructure services gained in his previous sales and business development roles at Intercity Technologies, Northgate Information Systems and Totalmobile.

Joe Rogers joins as Major Account Director, with responsibility for one of Xalient’s largest global accounts. Joe brings a wealth of account management, cloud and collaboration services experience with him, gained in over 20 years in the global technology industry. He joins from ONI,  prior to which he held business development and account management roles at JT Global, Worldstone, Datapoint and Softlab.

Xalient CEO Sherry Vaswani commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Neil, Paul and Joe to the Xalient team to help drive future growth. Global organisations now realise that a well-architected and managed network is not only a pre-requisite for digital transformation, but also provides competitive advantage. No longer do CIO’s see the network as a commodity – a robust network that addresses security, identity, performance and reliability enables better information sharing, better collaboration, improved productivity and reduces risk.”

We are delighted to announce that Xalient is now an official Crown Commercial Service Supplier, offering specialist cloud services in the areas of networks, security and communications infrastructure, through the G-Cloud 10 Framework.

The G-Cloud framework was created in order to provide a faster and more cost-effective buying process for UK public sector bodies to gain access to innovative technology solutions and drive up the adoption of cloud-based solutions. It is also one of the Government’s initiatives to make it easier for SMEs like Xalient, a leader in network transformation and service innovation, to do business with the public sector, by avoiding the time and cost associated with typical procurement processes.

Buying services through the framework is faster and easier for government bodies as it provides them with a pre-qualified register of UK Government-approved vendors with pre-agreed pricing structures and standard call-off contracts.

Following our approval, we are delighted to now be engaged with our first project through the Framework.

To find out more about Xalient’s services, please email hello@xalient.com.

Xalient has significantly expanded its UK presence by taking new office space in Leeds as it grows its client base and takes on more staff.

Global Technology Company Xalient Expands Its UK Presence

Pictured (L-R): Mark Cooke Chief Operating Officer, Xalient; Eve Roodhouse, Leeds City Council; David Baggaley, Leeds City Council; Dawn Spetale, Chief Financial Officer, Xalient; Sherry Vaswani, Chief Executive, Xalient.

The Company, which provides an innovative suite of cloud-based networking and IT solutions to major global companies such as Kellogg’s, Warner Music Group, Mondelēz International and DS Smith plc., has recently opened brand new offices at Number 1 East Parade to accommodate its expanding team and growing service portfolio.

The company first set up in Leeds two years ago, with offices designed to house its global Networking Operations Centre. This has grown in size from 1500 sq ft to over 6000 sq ft as the business has expanded and a new Security Operations Centre has since been added. From these new offices, Xalient remotely monitors and manages the global networks of its clients, identifying issues and resolving them in real time.

Xalient CEO Sherry Vaswani said: “Due to new contract wins and a growth in the number and type of projects we are working on, we needed to significantly expand our UK office space. We have found the Leeds area to be a rich and diverse source of new IT skills for our business and have welcomed help from both the Enterprise Partnership and Leeds City Council, in making Xalient feel so welcome in the city. It was therefore a natural choice to expand our presence here.

Representatives of Leeds City Council and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, which have provided a range of support to help the business expand, recently joined Xalient and their clients to celebrate the official opening of the company’s new offices.

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake, said: “Xalient is a great success story for the city and the region. It demonstrates how entrepreneurship, the tech skills available in Leeds and the support we can offer to growing businesses, can combine to attract the brightest and most innovative global companies. We wish them a long and successful presence in our city.”

To find out more about Xalient’s services, please email hello@xalient.com

We’re delighted to announce our technology partnership with new protection insurance challenger, Guardian.

Guardian

Piloting from May 2018 in preparation for launch later in the summer, Guardian will focus on five key areas: simplifying and broadening protection definitions; liberating technology; customer fairness; forward-thinking underwriting and more meaningful customer care.

Xalient has been working with Guardian over the past year to design their network, telephony and contact centre environments, which combine to underpin the protection challenger’s ability to communicate effectively with advisers and their clients and deliver the highest quality of customer care. Guardian has followed a “cloud-only” strategy, made possible by being free of legacy, premise-based platforms, providing choice, flexibility and agility.

“Good quality, innovative partners are crucial to us achieving our vision,” said Robin Gardner, Chief Technology Officer at Guardian. “Xalient has designed and delivered systems that support our key strategy of giving a better user journey and greater transparency to advisers and their customers. This is a huge step forward for our industry and we believe it will set us apart in the marketplace.”

Sherry Vaswani, CEO at Xalient, commented “Guardian’s forward-thinking approach, coupled with a determination to revolutionise customer care, give us the opportunity to create best in class, purpose-built solutions, using modern, cloud-based technologies. We are delighted to be associated with bringing this innovative new business to market and look forward to an ongoing partnership.”

As part of the project, Xalient designed a solution encompassing multiple elements of their portfolio including Unified Communications, Contact Centre, Advanced Network Technologies and Network Transport. Xalient integrated the Genesys Purecloud solution into Guardian’s business processes, CRM and web content platforms to provide communications-enabled business processes that will ensure the highest standards of transparent, efficient customer service. The solution is fully managed by Xalient’s Network Operations Centre as part of its Xalient 365 Managed Services offering.

To find out more about the technology partnership, or Xalient’s services, please email hello@xalient.com.