Market-leading productivity, security and IT support solutions in a single, unified package designed with the SME in mind.
What is Tech Essentials?
Tech Essentials is a multi-layered stack of best-in-class cloud productivity and security solutions, designed with the SME in mind. Powered by Microsoft 365 Business Premium, this bundle packs a punch! And with the freedom to build the bundle that works for you, it’s a game-changer.
Our mission is simple: provide essential tools from industry-leading providers in one seamless package. And we don’t stop at tools; we wrap it all in comprehensive support to free up your internal resources. We’re here to relieve the pressure when it comes to securing your environment, ushering in a cultural shift towards heightened cyber-awareness in your workplace.
Tech Essentials offers one partner, one price, one bill – simplifying your life and your business.
Tech Essentials core solutions
Hand selected by our team of experts, Tech Essentials brings together market-leading productivity, collaboration, and security solutions from some of the world's most trusted technology providers. With Microsoft 365 at its core, Tech Essentials layers secure cloud backup and cyber awareness training in a unified, customised package that drives a security-first culture.
Microsoft 365 Business Premium or F3
Built for up to 300 users, Microsoft 365 Business Premium brings together best-in-class apps and powerful cloud-based tools with comprehensive security, to help protect your business against advanced cyberthreats. Dependent on the needs of your people, our experts also selected Microsoft 365 F3 as an option, which connects an unlimited number of your frontline workforce with purpose-built tools and experiences that allow them to do their best work, protected by Enterprise-grade security. Learn more about these licences in the FAQs section of this page.
Mimecast Cyber Awareness Training
With more than 90% of cyberattacks today beginning with an email and nearly one in four phishing emails opened by unsuspecting employees, cyber awareness has never been more important to a modern business. Cyber awareness training educates employees about the wide variety of threats they may encounter or actions they may take that could jeopardise their organisation’s security. This helps employees understand what threats look like, how they work and how they should respond when they encounter a threat.
Acronis Cyber Backup for Microsoft 365
While Microsoft ensures high availability of its core applications and overall infrastructure resilience, they do not take responsibility for protecting your data. Without third-party backup, sensitive business data such as emails or shared files are not protected from the most common or serious data loss issues (accidental deletion, malware etc). Regain control of your Microsoft 365 data, manage unnecessary expenses, and keep your business running with a market-leading cloud-to-cloud backup solution, which is easy to use, efficient and secure.
The perfect plan
No matter your goals, needs, or budget, we have a Tech Essentials bundle that’s right for you. Every solution included has been selected for its performance against all other options on the market – with Tech Essentials, you’re getting best-in-class tools and services.
We understand that the needs, priorities and resources of every business differ. Are you looking for a greater emphasis on security, or productivity and collaboration? Do you have all the in-house solution expertise you need? Whatever your needs are, we can help you mix and match the right tools and services to form the perfect plan.
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Additional security options
While our Tech Essentials packages are underpinned by Microsoft's market-leading cloud productivity suite, Microsoft 365, we also partner with several other best-in-class vendors. Strengthen your security posture by adding alternative solutions from leading cyber security vendors to your Microsoft environment or to complement non-Microsoft services, fully managed by Babble's expert teams. You’re free to pick and choose the options you need to support your cyber security landscape.
Powered by Mimecast S1 licence, Babble Email Security is designed to protect modern businesses against sophisticated and evolving cyber threats. This solution keeps users and data safe by providing protection against spam and viruses, malware and impersonation attempts, and data leaks.
Powered by Mimecast Awareness Training, inspire a culture of security awareness and reduce the risk of human error from a single, easy-to-use platform. Continuous security awareness transforms employees into a trusted first line of defence. Measurably reduce risk while winning new and unexpected allies in the struggle to keep your organization’s work protected..
Enhance your defences and simplify management with cloud-based endpoint protection, powered by Sophos Intercept X. Access and manage your endpoint security wherever you are, any time, without the need to spend more on infrastructure and maintain on-premises servers. Switch to an endpoint security cloud solution for smarter, faster protection.
Powered by Cisco Umbrella, DNS security helps protect users from cyberthreats both on and off corporate networks. Improve the user experience by speeding up connection requests, while blocking malicious traffic and mitigating data exfiltration.
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Clients we have helped
Babble helped us improve our security through DNS-layer protection that is delivered through Cisco Umbrella. This has allowed us to protect all our users and maintain full control of our network traffic, enabling us to proactively resolve any potential threats to our IT Infrastructure. This has been especially valuable to us though this period of remote working and store closure. The support team at Babble are very knowledgeable, and always quick to respond.Ben Jennings- IT Manager, Fabb Furniture
“The process was planned well. Each stage was completed and reviewed before moving forward with the next stage. The process was done professionally and efficiently with support from Babble for each member of staff on an individual basis, and follow-up support was provided to prevent individual issues from arising.”Carol WatersSenior Manager | Finance and Charities, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland
Babble is an amazing organization that specializes in finding solutions for data and telecommunication needs. Our Success Manager was Yaz Mistry and his team spent hours looking over our business processes to see if they could help. There was no high pressure sales, no over selling, and no finger pointing. Babble proposed a solution that decreased our risk, exceeded our expectations, and normalized the year over year cost increases. When it came to deploying the solution, Babble was there all the way.Glen Becker- Director of Global Services, MiTek
‘It is great to have that personal touch when most alternative providers treat customers only as a number. These guys make you feel like there is a real person supporting you and there when you need it.’Paul5-star Google Review
Frequently asked questions
Our experts have hand-selected the World’s leading solutions to complement each other and offer the ideal packages, with SMEs in mind. We consider this suite of solutions to be the essential collection needed for any successful, modern business to grow and thrive.
If your IT teams are stretched and are spending too much time focusing on simply ‘keeping the lights on’, Tech Essentials will relieve pressure on those teams as we pick up the day-to-day running of your environment. Build the perfect bundle for your business and your people, saving you time, money and crucial resource, so you can focus on what you do best.
Lastly, by working with and aligning to one strategic partner for all of your technology needs, who provide one consolidated solution on one bill, save your business time, resource and money, without the pain of working with multiple providers.
Dependent on the package you select, the licences included are either the Microsoft 365 F3 or Microsoft 365 Business Premium licences.
Both licences share core similarities when it comes to their security capabilities. F3 and Business Premium both include the following:
- Entra ID Plan 1 (Formerly Azure Active Directory Premium Plan 1)
- Microsoft Intune
- Microsoft Azure Information Protection
The primary differences are that Microsoft 365 F3 is built for frontline workers who primarily use mobile devices, rather than needing to access Microsoft apps on a desktop or laptop. Example job roles could be retail workers, engineers or frontline workers in Healthcare. This licence only includes mobile & online versions of your favourite apps, plus a smaller 2GB mailbox, 2GB OneDrive storage and Sharepoint Kiosk. You can learn more about Frontline with Microsoft by watching this video:
Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes mobile, online and desktop versions of all your favourite apps, perfect for hybrid workers who need access to key apps and services on multiple devices from anywhere, at anytime. Equally, the licence includes a larger 50GB mailbox, 1TB OneDrive storage and full access to Sharepoint. You can find out more about Microsoft 365 Business Premium by watching this video:
Why do I need to backup my Microsoft data with a third party? Is hosting my data in Microsoft's cloud not enough?
Many businesses continue to operate under the misconception that Microsoft provides complete data protection for its applications and related data. It’s easy to see why they may think this: Microsoft ensures high availability of its Microsoft 365 applications and overall infrastructure resilience. However, Microsoft does not take responsibility for protecting customers’ data, especially for cases related to accidental deletions, external or internal security threats, or other possible issues.
In its services agreement, Microsoft acknowledges its stance on data protection and even goes so far as to recommend that businesses use third-party solutions to back up content and data.
What is the difference between a managed support package and the out of the box support offered by Microsoft?
Out of the box support is primarily designed as a reactive support model, focusing on ‘break-fix’. This means that if something was to go wrong, you can contact your support team who can log a ticket with a view to fixing the problem reactively.
The primary difference therefore is that with Babble’s support packages, we take a pro-active approach to analysing, monitoring and managing your environment. Meaning we’ll find any problems and work to fix them without a need for you to raise this to us. More so, we’ll work with you to ensure you’re optimising the ROI of your solution and keep you abreast of the latest feature updates and cultivate a knowledge sharing culture.
Yes, you can see some great examples of the light-hearted content from Mimecast alongside.
This should offer a flavour of how engaging the continual learning approach can be in your bid to build a security-first culture in your organisation.