This week, the finalists for the European IT & Software Excellence Awards were announced. This is one of the most well-regarded IT award schemes in Europe, run by IT Europa, one of the top IT and channel publications in the region. 

Calligo was shortlisted for three categories: 

1- Managed Service Solution of the Year

As the awards criteria said, This is for a solution which is an outstanding example of the effectiveness of managed services in reaching new customers, new ways of working, or ways of building portfolios for services to work together. 

2- Innovative Managed Service Solution of the Year

The best managed services solution emerging in the last 18 months.”  

3- Managed Service Project of the Year

Judges were looking for a unique use of managed services that focuses beyond traditional IT, and offers a new level of productivity, security or effectiveness. 

For all three of these, our submissions were based on our Privacy by Design and Data Protection Officer services. These services provide proactive, continuous oversight of data processes and infrastructure operations. They guarantee ongoing data privacy adherence and infosecurity resilience, without compromising business operations, development or infrastructure efficiency.  

Calligo is the only MSP to have developed a managed privacy service comprised of a blend of expertise in privacy law, infosecurity, compliance and cloud architecture. This unique mix prevents privacy initiatives being incomplete and ineffectual, or becoming “business blockers”.  

And crucially for the Managed Service Project of the Year category in particular, Calligo’s services do more than simply audit clients’ environments and identify their vulnerabilities. Calligo’s blend of skillsets means we are also able to rectify any weaknesses too. 

As Daniel Murphy, Product Manager at Planning Center, one of our clients for Privacy by Design and Data Protection Officer services, said: 

“The main difference in choosing Calligo was how they sit apart from most other privacy consultants. We had the impression – and this was born out in the delivery – that the service would not be limited to auditing our processes and leaving us to interpret them and determine next steps ourselves. Nor would they simply write our privacy policies and hand us certifications. It was clear it would instead be a thorough, honest, and practical engagement, and the start of a long-term collaborative relationship.” 

We think these services showcase our different approach to managed services – optimizing the entire data lifecycle by uncovering the opportunities and averting the risks inherent in every data interaction. And the judges agreed! 

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