The history of Clouds UK’s Ultimate Manager can be traced back to the year 2001 when our associated company Eurosafe UK were asked by Punch Taverns to assist with their legal duty to share information relating to asbestos within their 500 plus properties.
Under the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 (since revoked by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012) Punch Taverns had a duty to ensure that any building trade operative working in their pubs was made aware of the location of all known asbestos containing materials in the building. As exposure to asbestos fibres can lead to potentially fatal diseases Punch Taverns took this duty extremely seriously.
However the problem they had was how to disseminate the documentation they had on asbestos across all their contractors. For example how would a plumber, who had been called out in the middle of the night to a leak, know if he was likely to disturb any material containing asbestos?
Our solution to the problem was to host the information over the internet via a secure 24/7 web site that was only accessible by using a personal password and user name. Going back to the dilemma facing the plumber, he would simply have to access the web site, view the asbestos report and take the necessary precautions.
Little did we know it at the time but this was our first experience of the power of what is now known as “Cloud Computing”.
In the years since 2001 a lot has changed, Punch continues to host their asbestos surveys and other health and safety related data with us and they have been joined by many high street names and large property companies. We are pleased to still have companies with us who joined us in the very early days of the product.
We now have lockable folders, which have seen our product being used for sensitive information which needs to be shared at the highest level of security. GDPR has attracted more enquiries and sales for Ultimate Manager.
In 2017 it was decided that we would rebrand our marketing, dropping Clouds UK and referring to the product as only Ultimate Manager. Our Logo has been changed to a glistening shield which strengthens the message of protection and reminds people of the key features in our new tag line. You will still find Hector, the superhero – the protector of business data – but he is only found in a few places within our marketing. I guess he is heading towards retirement. With a fresh new look for Ultimate Manager and a tried and tested product we are confident that Ultimate Manager will continue to please.