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Our Story

ThirdSpace has been at the very forefront of identity and access management for more than 15 years.

We understand that the digital landscape is changing – this means your requirements are, too. But identity is the foundation for modern-day security and mobility – and it’s the foundation of who we are.

Our long history of working with new technology challenges and responding to evolving customer needs has made us the globally-recognised, award-winning company we are today.

2002

Lift off

In 2002, our leadership team travelled to Seattle for a Microsoft training event. This led to the birth of ThirdSpace (then Oxford Computer Group UK) as an identity and security services company.

Since then, we have implemented over 1,000 identity, enterprise mobility and security solutions in the UK and beyond.

2002

Our first win

University West of England (UWE) was our first customer – and we’re still working with the university today!

Like most universities, student turnover, enablement and the loss of a third of their people every September was a challenge. We quickly implemented a platform that made the process cleaner and easier to manage.

2006

The first summit

Our growth was evident by two things. Firstly, we were quickly running out of space in our offices. Secondly, we were in demand.

We launched the first European MIIS User Group meeting, in partnership with Microsoft, to share the value of what was possible with these new technologies. Starting with 60 attendees in 2006, we now host more than 200 delegates every year, with speakers including Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Brad Anderson, and Director of Program Management in Microsoft’s Identity Division, Alex Simons.

2008

We’re Microsoft’s Partner of the Year Winner

We’d previously won Microsoft’s prestigious Partner of the Year Award in the form of Oxford Computer Training (in 1991, 1993 and 2000), but we scooped the coveted title for the first time as OCG in 2008, and then again in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018. And we’ve been a finalist 10 years running since 2007.

2013

A bigger barn and more technology

We realised we were only going to get bigger, so we said goodbye to our first office and moved to bigger barn premises in Oxfordshire. The solution set was expanding and so was our capability, as cloud moved to the forefront of Microsoft’s thinking.

2014

Expansion to Wales

Transitioning from identity expert to Microsoft’s go-to security partner meant expanding our services even further. With our Welsh roots and its great people, South Wales was the place to go to set up our managed services and support facility. So far we have created 30 jobs in South Wales.

What started out as support has evolved into managed services, and it is now our hub of research and development.

This paved the way for our work in cyber security and customer identity and access management (CIAM), specialising in technologies across the Microsoft 365 stack.

2014

Identity becomes key with cloud and mobility

Our expansion to South Wales also marked the beginning of our journey from traditional identity management to a focus on digital transformation.

Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security product set a new benchmark for identity-driven solutions, and, in response to the changing market, we moved away from a perimeter-based approach to cloud and mobile, emphasising identity as the very core of a successful security strategy.

2015

Identity beyond employees

Identity is no longer an employee-centric need. With the advent of cloud and explosion of apps and new devices, new ways to engage with customers and partners abound.

Customer identity and access management (CIAM) is key to customer engagement and new business models. Alignment with Microsoft’s Azure AD B2C and B2B products helped us meet our customers’ needs for a secure, frictionless experience for their customers.

2016

Access Centre

With South Wales now established as our research and development hub, we launched Access Centre, a product designed to eliminate the administrative and logistical burden our customers face when securely on-boarding new users to their systems.

2016

Security takes centre stage

The perimeter was eroding, driven by cloud and new mobile working practices. Old school security was not fit for purpose and the threat landscape was evolving. Then came governance aligned with privacy and security.

Forward-thinking companies invested in cloud and digital transformation and needed our help, so we invested in and built a cyber security practice to support customers on their journey to becoming more secure and compliant.

2018

Cyber security partnership with The University of South Wales

The strength of the IT security industry depends on collaboration and emerging talent, so in 2018 we partnered with the first of its kind cyber security facility at The University of South Wales.

The partnership has helped us grow our cyber services and capability in working with the university and other security companies in South Wales, as well as foster an atmosphere of practical learning for the security experts of the future.

2018

Winner Microsoft Security and Compliance Partner of the Year

Our fifth identity and/or security award and the most exciting to date – taking home the first Microsoft Security and Compliance Award.

Our work providing outstanding solutions and services in security and compliance – notably for our innovative Security and Privacy Service – has cemented our reputation as a distinguished Microsoft partner in identity and security.

2018

Hello, ThirdSpace!

Over the last 15+ years, Oxford Computer Group UK has grown and evolved with changing business needs, emerging technology challenges and shifting market demand. In 2018, the time was right for a brand that truly represents the sphere in which we’d built up our prestigious reputation. Representing where we have come from, whilst also defining who we are today and who we want to be in the future.

Although we have rebranded as ThirdSpace, we maintain strong links and an active collaboration with Oxford Computer Group, allowing us to bring wider experience and greater technical depth to our customers.

With control comes freedom. We want to enable our customers to securely embrace a modern and mobile way of working; occupying the ground that bridges security and access, and transforming the way people and businesses relate to technology. Our solutions provide protection and enable our customers to engage at home, at work or, indeed, anywhere – a third space.

ThirdSpace are Microsoft identity and security experts that provide the control to liberate.

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