Aviation group Expressair goes to the cloud

30 Jun 2011

Expressair has opted to deploy a cloud solution from Sage that combines business intelligence with CRM. Expressair selected Enclave Technologies, a Sage Business Partner, to provide consultation, installation, implementation, training and on-going support services.

Enclave implemented the Sage 200 Suite, which is made up of business modules designed to work together to help businesses run smoothly. The Sage 200 Suite combines multiple modules, including Sage 200 Financials and Commercials, together with Business Intelligence and Sage CRM, which gives one complete system, and one view of all key customer and business information.

Enclave built the infrastructure which comprises an apps server and a terminal server both running Windows 2008. The solution is hosted in Enclave’s virtual data centre.

The solution virtualises Expressair’s existing infrastructure and consolidates the Sage200 and CRM system, all files and email accounts, adobe and internet access. The company is now able to roll out the latest platforms for users, such as Microsoft and Expressair’s own specific applications centrally.

Expressair is finding the reporting element of the solution to be efficient and helpful in running the business. The CRM and multi-currency aspects of the solution are allowing the company to trade quickly and effectively.

Expressair’s background

Expressair Aviation Group is a privately owned Irish registered holding company, which for more than 25 years has been providing aircraft painting and refurbishment services to more than 200 aircraft operators and airlines worldwide from dedicated aircraft painting hangars in Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK.

The company is based in Co Dublin and employs 40 staff in Ireland and Holland. Expressair has implemented a virtualised private cloud environment and Sage solution to give the company a complete view of the business, deliver services reliably and securely from a common portal, and which allows Expressair trade in multi currencies.

“With a significant growth in our business and with geographically dispersed sites in three countries, we needed an efficient and cost-effective technology solution to share critical information between our offices, manage application deployment and trade in multi currencies with the least effort and cost,” explains Tim Macdougald, business development manager at Expressair Aviation Group.

“Most importantly, the solution had to manage the financial and management information within the group.

“We wanted the most reliable, reputable technology on which to build a future-proofed system for the company and we got that.

“We now have the system that we were looking for at a relatively low cost of ownership that will support our future plans.”

Photo: Gavin Elliffe, director, Enclave Technologies; and Tim Macdougald, business development manager, Expressair Aviation Group

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years