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United Kingdom-based IT solutions provider Influence is a software and support services provider to recruitment industry. From small boutique agencies to big enterprises all use its end-to-end recruitment solutions to manage database and applicant life cycles. Influence uses Microsoft suites, such as Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to create customized workflows. They wanted to provide the software but end-to-end services, as well as data backup and recovery, technical support, and invoicing and billing to their clients. Influence decided to work with Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Unicorn IT, and host its software on the partner's Microsoft technology-based infrastructure called ThinHost. As any Windows application can run seamlessly on ThinHost infrastructure, Influence could move to a hosted environment without having to recode its application. The result of this is that in 2007, Influence launched Influence Virtual, a new ThinHost-based software-plus-services product. It provides a comprehensive desktop solution for the recruitment industry comprising the Influence application, the 2007 Microsoft Office suite, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 for which customers pay a monthly subscription based on the number of users. Unicorn maintains a disaster recovery centre and backs up all data for Influence customers five times a day. Its multi-tenant infrastructure provides dedicated storage space for each end user. To assist Influence with the commercial aspects of the hosted-software delivery model, Unicorn provides it with pricing tools, a billing system, and marketing documentation.
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