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GMA Launches SharePoint-based solution to help organisations comply with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

September 2017 - GMA is pleased to announce the launch of its GDPR solution for SharePoint on-premise. The solution provides clients with the tools needed to make the practical steps towards GDPR compliance by supplying a straightforward solution to a complex problem.

It gives clients a framework to:

  • Record:
    • Policies and procedures relating to data protection
    • What types of personal data are processed and which ones are considered sensitive
    • How personal data is collected (e.g. via a website)
    • How it is stored (e.g. in a database)
    • Which third parties the data is shared with
  • Respond to a Subject Access Request (SAR) from an individual
  • Inform the regulator about any Breaches
 

To learn more please either click here or contact us directly.

GMA Consulting announces impending launch of GDPR Portal

May 2017 - GMA Consulting is pleased to announce the impending launch of GDPR Portal, a cloud-based solution which will have practical tools designed to help small and medium-sized organisations comply with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

GDPR Portal will be a cost-effective solution which will help small and medium-sized organisations comply with GDPR. It will a have a suite of practical tools enabling organisations to record:

  • The types of data, e.g. email addresses, they process and which ones are sensitive or high risk
  • How they collect personal data and the associated policies and procedures such as recording consent
  • Where they store the data and the related policies around security, retention and deletion
  • Who they share the data with and if there are any international transfers
  • Subject Access Requests (SARs) and the actions and timelines for the response to the SAR
  • Breach notifications and the actions and timelines for notifying the regulator and, where necessary, impacted individuals
 

To read the press release click here

Organisations interested in being kept updated on the launch date for GDPR Portal can register at www.gdpr-portal.com.

Organisations who are interested in a bespoke implementation of a GDPR solution, e.g. an ‘on-premise’ solution rather than cloud-based, should contact GMA directly.

GMA has moved

February 2017 – GMA is pleased to announce that it has moved to new offices in the City of London. GMA is now located at St. Magnus House on Lower Thames Street. For more details, please click here.
 

GMA Consulting and TermSet partner to offer intelligent document solutions to firms in the financial services sector

April 2016 - GMA Consulting and TermSet, a provider of software which automatically creates accurate and consistent metadata and taxonomies for Office documents, PDF's and emails within Microsoft SharePoint, are pleased to announce a partnership to offer advanced document-centric solutions for firms in the financial services sector.
 
GMA has identified two important areas where TermSet’s advanced capabilities, such as summarisation and sentiment analysis can deliver clear benefits to its customers.
 
The first is managing research documents. Both buy and sell side firms produce and consume large amounts of research documents. When a piece of research material is uploaded to a SharePoint library TermSet can automatically produce a headline summary, classify the sentiment and automatically tag with metadata such as asset class, industry sector, company name and region / country. This will make it far easier for users to find documents they are interested in, particularly if SharePoint’s advanced search capabilities are used as well.
 
The second area is legal document management. TermSet can help extract key information such as matter reference and counterparty names and tag documents with this information. This would negate the need for legal departments to manually classify documents, which is hugely time consuming and inefficient.
 
To read the press release please click here.

GMA to attend PAICR annual conference in New York

November 2015 - GMA Consulting, in partnership with Qorus Software, will be attending the Professional Association for Investment Communications Resources (PAICR) annual conference in New York on November 16 and 17.

PAICR is a non-profit group serving marketing and communications professionals in the investment management industry in the US.

The theme of the annual conference is "Blurred Lines: The New Marketing Ecosystem" and focuses on the evolving and growing responsibilities of marketing and the increasing intersection and partnering of marketing with other functions in the business such as sales, compliance, IT and corporate communications.

GMA and Qorus will be showcasing some of the cutting-edge marketing automation functionality, such as fact sheets and presentations, with CRM integration that it has been delivering for clients. These solutions address the challenges the conference is addressing in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Qorus and GMA announce US partnership

October 2015 - Qorus Software and GMA Consulting have extended their partnership into North America.

The goal is to transform and streamline the way asset managers in the US and Canada produce marketing collateral such as:

  • Pitch books
  • RFP responses
  • Fact sheets
  • Client reports

 

To read the press release please click here.

GMA and Qorus will be showcasing their solutions and skills at the forthcoming PAICR (Professional Association for Investment Communications Resources) annual conference in New York on November 16-17.

GMA appointed as Nintex Premier Partner

July 2015 - GMA Consulting is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as a Nintex Premier Partner.

The Premier Partner tier is awarded by invitation only. GMA was recognised due to our expertise with Nintex's solutions and our track record using Nintex to build workflow and forms-based solutions for our financial services clients.

GMA presenting at Microsoft hosted Innovation at Financial Services event

March 2015 - GMA Consulting, together with partners Microsoft and Qorus, will be presenting on April 23rd at Microsoft’s offices in Cardinal Place in London.

The event focuses on Innovation in Financial Services, specifically looking at document automation and the rapid changes taking place around business processes.

The speakers will include Bruce McKee, Industry Development, Financial Services at Microsoft, Paul Rollason of Qorus Software and Ben Grey and James Duckworth of GMA Consulting.

GMA will also showcase some of the cutting edge functionality that it has been delivering for clients using SharePoint and Qorus.

If you are interested in attending the event, please click here.

GMA's unique approach to SharePoint featured by Microsoft

October 2014 – GMA Consulting has been featured within the newly released Financial Services Global Outlook 2014-2017, published by Microsoft OnWindows, which provides unique insights into Microsoft’s technology roadmap and regional industry trends for the financial services industry.

The report has input from a select number of Microsoft partners and GMA is delighted to have been invited to participate.

GMA's contribution focusses on our unique approach to SharePoint. Since the company was founded in 2010, we have used SharePoint, with third party tools, such as Qorus DocGeneration and Nintex Workflow, to provide a powerful and flexible platform for rapid and cost-effective application development. This has been recognised by Microsoft leading to our participation in the report.

To read GMA's contribution to the Financial Services Global Outlook 2014-2017 please click here.

GMA Launches Salesforce Solution for Asset Managers, Wealth Managers and Hedge Funds

July 2014 – GMA Consulting is pleased to announce the launch of a tailored Salesforce-based CRM solution for asset managers, wealth managers and hedge funds. This solution is designed to be straightforward and cost effective, providing our clients with the tools they need to better manage their relationships.

This functionality includes:

  • All the features of standard Salesforce CRM
  • Management of high net worth individuals as well as institutions
  • Mapping of client’s associated roles with organisations outside their main employer. E.g. Non-Executive Directors
  • Print friendly sheets for client and contact information
  • Easy email marketing

To learn more about GMA’s work with Salesforce please click here.

GMA appointed as a Salesforce.com Silver Cloud Alliance Partner.

May 2013 - GMA is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as a Salesforce.com Silver Cloud Alliance Partner. An increasing number of our financial services clients are making use of Salesforce and our Silver status will help further drive GMA's delivery of solutions utilising the Salesforce platform.

GMA achieves Microsoft Silver Partner status for Collaboration and Content

November 2012 – GMA is pleased to announce that it has achieved Silver Partner status in the newly formed Microsoft Collaboration and Content competency which was created by the merging of the Portals and Collaboration, Content Management and Search competencies. Our status is an indication of our broad range of skills in delivering business applications built around the Microsoft SharePoint platform and related technologies.

GMA hosts its website in the latest release of Windows Azure

September 2012 – GMA is now hosting its website in the latest release of Windows Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform.

GMA has for some time been at the forefront of utilising the Azure platform to host SharePoint implementations for our clients as well as ourselves. Prior to the latest release SharePoint was not natively supported in Azure. To overcome this limitation GMA developed custom components which integrated with the Azure re-imaging process and enabled SharePoint to be hosted. Our cutting edge work in this area has been recognised by Microsoft.

The latest release of Azure provides a gallery of pre-configured Windows Server virtual machine images, backed by an up to 99.95% SLA, which support Microsoft server-based applications such as SharePoint, SQL Server and Active Directory.

To host its website GMA provisioned a Windows Server VM from the Azure gallery which enabled us to rapidly and easily set up the required website infrastructure.

Hosting our website in Azure is a showcase for our capabilities in utilising cloud technology for SharePoint deployment and demonstrates our confidence in the Azure platform.

Organisations interested in learning more about the deployment of SharePoint in Azure should contact us.

For more information on Azure please click here.

GMA announces partnership with Colligo Networks

August 2012 - GMA Consulting is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Colligo Networks, a leader in SharePoint applications for email and document in the enterprise, to act as a reseller and implementation partner for Colligo’s innovative product suite.

Colligo Contributor Pro is a complete solution suite for managing email and documents in SharePoint from Outlook, the desktop, or offline.

Colligo Briefcase Enterprise enables organisations to securely sync and manage SharePoint content on user’s iPads allowing them to access and share files, lists, images, documents and emails.

To learn more about Colligo’s capabilities please click here.

Microsoft’s Regional CTO for EMEA speaks at GMA client event

May 2012 – On May 1st GMA Consulting held an exclusive breakfast briefing at the St. James Hotel and Club in central London.

Attendees included senior-level technology and operations executives from a range of blue chip global asset managers and hedge funds.

The guest speaker was Stephen McGibbon, Microsoft’s Regional CTO for EMEA, who provided the audience with an insight into Microsoft’s roadmap for the Windows Azure cloud platform followed by an extensive Q&A session.

GMA’s team then showcased some of the cutting edge functionality that we have been delivering using SharePoint 2010, Nintex Workflow and Qorus.

If you are interested in learning more about GMA's cutting edge functionality please contact us.

GMA Consulting announces solutions channel partnership with AvePoint to act as a partner for AvePoint’s flagship DocAve platform

April 2012 - GMA is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with AvePoint, one of the world’s largest providers of infrastructure management software solutions for SharePoint, to act as a solutions channel partner for AvePoint’s award-winning DocAve platform.

The DocAve Software Platform is a comprehensive suite of products for Microsoft SharePoint infrastructure management and protection. With a unified, browser-based user interface and a fully-distributed architecture, it integrates AvePoint’s powerful backup, administration, and data management technologies into a highly scalable, enterprise-level solution for all Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies. Though all DocAve modules function within a unified platform, they can be purchased and deployed independently.

GMA is delighted to be working with AvePoint. Many of our financial services customers have a requirement for enhanced capabilities for SharePoint backup, migration and storage optimisation. We believe that DocAve will provide them with a highly effective yet flexible solution to help them secure the integrity of their SharePoint implementations.

If you are interested in learning more about the DocAve platform please contact us.

GMA Consulting invited by Microsoft to join the BizSpark programme

Microsoft BizSpark

March 2012 - GMA is pleased to announce that it has been invited by Microsoft to join the BizSpark programme which supports fast growing technology companies by providing them with products, resources and connections to help them grow their business.

The invitation is as a result of the cutting edge work carried out by GMA in developing custom components which enable deployment of SharePoint on the Windows Azure cloud platform.

Ben Grey, the founder of GMA commented “I don’t really think of us as a start-up in the normal sense however I am delighted that Microsoft has recognised the pioneering work we have done in hosting SharePoint on the Azure platform and delivering real business solutions to customers.”

If you are interested in learning more the deployment of SharePoint 2010 on Azure please contact us.

GMA Launches Online Demonstrator Site of its ITIL-aligned SharePoint IT Service Desk Solution

November 2011 - GMA is pleased to announce the launch of a cloud-hosted online demonstration site for its SharePoint 2010-based IT Service Desk solution which is aligned with ITIL guidelines.

Prospective customers can sign up for a free 7 day trial which will allow them to try the system which includes an intuitive interface together with workflow functionality that enhances efficiency and effectiveness for users, service desk team members and IT management.

To learn more please or to sign up for a free trial click here.

GMA launches new website built on SharePoint 2010 and hosted in Windows Azure

October 2011 – GMA is pleased to announce is pleased to announce the release of its new website built on Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The website is hosted on the Windows Azure cloud platform using GMA’s custom Azure Accelerator capability.

The costs of a SharePoint-based application hosted in Azure can be kept very low as the minimum requirements are:

  • SharePoint Foundation 2010 (free download)
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition (free download)
  • Windows Azure small compute instance with 50gb of storage - approx £60-70 per month.
  • Windows External Connector License (only needed if authentication to the site is required) – approximately £2,000.

GMA believes that running its own website on SharePoint and hosting it in Azure will demonstrate the cost effectiveness and stability of cloud-based applications.

If you are interested in learning more about SharePoint and Azure please contact us.

 

To read the press release please click here.

GMA announces partnership with Qorus Software

October 2011 – GMA Consulting is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Qorus Software to act as a reseller and implementation partner for Qorus’ flagship DocGeneration product which provides a seamless document automation experience within SharePoint and Word and can be used to dramatically reduce the time and effort required to generate complex and customized documents.

Lee Child, Managing Director of Qorus, said “We are really pleased to be at the beginning of this exciting partnership with GMA. We look for partners that offer innovation and that little bit extra to their client base. We believe that in GMA we have found a partner that not only offers this combination but also has a solid track record of delivering quality solutions into the Financial Services sector, a market that is very important for us. We look forward to being an integral part of GMA’s solution portfolio going forward”.

 

To learn more about Qorus Document Generation please click here.

GMA’s IT Service Desk solution featured in the Nintex Workflow Partner Solutions Showcase

August 2011 – GMA Consulting is pleased to announce that Nintex has selected GMA’s IT Service Desk Solution to be featured in the Partner Showcase section of the Nintex website.

Service Desk by GMA Consulting is an ITIL-aligned service desk solution, suitable for organisations in all industry sectors, which is based on Microsoft SharePoint and Nintex Workflow and provides an intuitive and easy-to-use experience for both IT and end-users.

To learn more about Service Desk please click here.

 

To see the Service Desk feature page on the Nintex website please click here.

GMA launches cloud-based SharePoint Azure Business Continuity Portal Solution

July 2011 – GMA Consulting is pleased to announce the release of its cloud-based Business Continuity portal solution which is built on SharePoint 2010 and hosted on the Windows Azure platform. It is the first solution to be launched using GMA’s SharePoint Azure Accelerator capability.

GMA Consulting’s Business Continuity portal solution, a pre-configured SharePoint 2010 site collection hosted on the Windows Azure platform, is an effective and flexible yet low-cost way to enable staff to find the information they need in the event of a crisis situation:

  • Who do I need to contact and what are their contact details? 
  • Where is the DR centre and how do I get there?
  • What procedures have to be followed once I get to the DR centre?

To learn more about the Business Continuity Portal solution please click here.

To read the press release please click here.

GMA announces SharePoint Azure Accelerator

July 2011 - GMA Consulting is pleased to announce the release of its accelerator capability for the deployment of SharePoint 2010 on the Windows Azure cloud platform. GMA has developed custom components which are integrated with the Azure re-imaging process and enable the rapid and durable deployment of SharePoint on Azure.

GMA will shortly be announcing solutions that leverage this new capability including a low-cost SharePoint and Azure-based Extranet.

Organisations interested in learning more about the deployment of SharePoint 2010 on Azure should contact us.

To read the press release please click here.

GMA Launches ITIL-aligned SharePoint IT Service Desk Solution

June 2011 – GMA Consulting is pleased to announce the launch of our first solution, a SharePoint 2010-based IT Service Desk solution which is aligned with ITIL guidelines and is suitable for organisations in all industry sectors. It provides an intuitive interface together with functionality that enhances efficiency and effectiveness for users, service desk team members and IT management.

To visit the Service Desk page please click here.

To read the press release please click here.

GMA joins Windows Azure Beta and CTP Programmes

March 2011 – GMA Consulting is pleased to announce that it has joined the Windows Azure Beta and CTP Programmes. We are developing solutions for our clients using the Azure platform which will be rolled out later in 2011.

GMA to exhibit at TSAM - Technology Solutions for Asset Management

February 2011 – GMA Consulting is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at TSAM 2011 to be held on Tuesday 8th March 2011 at the Lancaster London Hotel in Central London. TSAM is Europe’s biggest buy-side technology and operations convention and The definitive meeting place for an international audience of buy-side COOs, CIOs, CTOs and director-level executives from the front, middle and back office. GMA will be showing it’s range of SharePoint-based solutions for financial services organisations.

GMA rolls out global SharePoint 2010 collaboration platform

January 2011 – GMA Consulting has been engaged by a FTSE 100 financial services organisation to implement a global rollout of a SharePoint 2010 collaboration platform.

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