NI construction firm invests stg£100,000 in private cloud

23 May 2012

Patrick Leggett, director, Xperience Group, and Aidan Walsh, McAvoy Group

Northern Ireland McAvoy Group has signed a new contract with Lisburn-based IT company Xperience, worth more than stg£100,000 as part of a four-year strategy to grow its share of the construction market throughout the UK and Ireland.

With 40 years of experience, the McAvoy Group is a seasoned professional in off-site construction, employing 150 people across its sites in Lisburn, Cork, Dungannon, Dublin and Oxford.

This new IT investment will see Xperience providing the McAvoy Group with a private cloud computing system, consolidating all of the construction company’s business applications and providing widespread access for its business consultants whether they are in one of its offices, out on the road or working from home.

With business experts estimating that cloud computing will account for 25pc of annual IT expenditure growth by the end of 2012, Aidan Walsh of McAvoy Group has stated the company’s investment in cutting-edge IT solutions is key to the development of its business growth strategy across new and local markets.

“We are looking to significantly grow our business base across the UK and Ireland in the next four years and having recently been successful in achieving a place on a number of business frameworks, including Sport England, the UK’s GPS (Government Procurement Service) and the ESB, it is vital that we have the systems in place to ensure our team can react quickly to maximise positive outcomes from these opportunities.”

Cloud investment part of targeted growth strategy

“By investing in the latest cloud technology, we have been able to virtualise our entire IT infrastructure, making control across all our sites much simpler by reducing 12 IT servers over four locations to nine servers within our head Office in Dungannon,” said Walsh.

“Our business is fast moving and customers expect instant information, quotes and updates and our new system allows for a better and faster service.

“All our employees can now enjoy the same performance and access to applications regardless of location, which is a prerequisite for us in the delivery of new business opportunities through access to key performance indicators, scheduling, project management and financial processing.

“This investment is an integral part of a targeted campaign to grow our business and will provide us with the confidence, flexibility and security that we need to compete for leading construction contracts throughout these islands.”

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