Where it all began

Virtia Ltd came in to being as a result of the passion and desire felt by founding director Mark Tate (an avid Commodore 64 enthusisast in his youth!) to encourage small businesses to make the best of what modern technology has to offer.

With a 20 year career in IT behind him working for businesses across small, medium, large and charity sectors, the time was right to take the leap into the world of company ownership. Virtia was on its way.

The early days

Before IT, Mark had worked his way up from the shop floor to senior management in an SME specialising in Floor and Washroom products. With 10 years of commercial experience not related to IT, he understood better than most the frustrations and concerns of non technical people. So, when his hobby of fixing and building PCs found its way into the workplace back in 1997, he inadvertently found himself on his own journey to a completely different career.

The Learning curve

Mark realised quite early that he would need more than just experience of fixing computers if he was going to succeed in his new found career. He set about gaining certification to aid his knowledge and provide more gravitas to future employers. After gaining various Microsoft, CompTIA  and Cisco certifications he added ITIL and Prince2 into the portfolio.

But the true learning came from the experience of managing a team of support desk analysts, server engineers and field based technicians for a national multi-site organisation. Every possible curveball had to be defended and often new skills learned on the fly.

It was during this period that Mark learned about and became very much involved in cloud services. This culminated in the development of a business case for and successful implementation of, the migration of 5000 mailboxes from Exchange 2013 to Office 365.

The new journey begins

That successful implementation was the first step on the journey to a true cloud strategy for that organisation, involving Azure, hosted telephony and a move away from bespoke on-premise software to Software as a Service.

Borne out of a desire to help other organisations understand how moving strategically to off premise infrastructure and the “as a service” model could really benefit them, he persuaded his (ever patient) wife Rachel to set up Virtia with him.

The rest, rather than being our history, is the future…