Parity signs website deal with Bord Bia


19 Feb 2008

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Belfast-based Parity Solutions has won a tender to re-develop and maintain the website of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.

The win sees Parity continue its six-year relationship with the State food authority.

The revamped website will form a core part of Bord Bia’s integrated information management systems, allowing it to provide a greater range of information than ever before.

Under the contract, Parity will provide backup support for the website for three years. The website utilises the latest Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

“As the organisation responsible for promoting Irish food and drink suppliers to export markets, our website provides everything from recipes, export, production and quality standards information, as well as health regulation details and new developments within the industry. It is essential that we are able to manage this information and update it quickly and easily,” said Julian Smith, information services manager, Bord Bia.

“The introduction of this new technology will enable us to draft and publish information to our website much more efficiently, and will allow co-authoring of documents and facilitate easier internal approval of web content. We have worked with Parity for six years and have great confidence in its ability to meet our needs in an innovative and creative way.”

“We are delighted to have secured this exciting project for one of our longest-standing customers, Bord Bia,” said Ken Roulston, country manager for Parity’s solutions business. “To date, our focus has been on creating web applications, improving Bord Bia’s web presence, building portals and creating an employee intranet. As we move into this next phase, we will completely re-design the website to provide flexible and personalised access for individuals and businesses.”

Parity Solutions (Ireland) is part of the Parity Group, a UK-based business and IT technology services organisation, and has a substantial software and IT services operation based in Belfast.

By Niall Byrne