Belfast Telegraph

IT company deal puts McAvoy's head in the cloud

By Louise Small

An OFFSITE construction company has signed a new contract with an IT firm worth over £100,000.

The McAvoy group picked up the contract with Lisburn IT company Xperience as part of a four-year strategy to grow its share of the construction market in the British Isles.

The new IT investment will see Xperience providing the McAvoy Group with a private cloud computing system.

It will bind the construction company's business applications while providing widespread access for its business consultants whether they are in the office, out on the road or working from home.

Experts have estimated cloud computing will account for 25% of annual IT expenditure growth by the year-end.

Aidan Walsh from McAvoy's described the investment in cutting-edge IT as key to the business's development and growth strategy.

"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 Government Procurement Service and the ESB in Ireland.

"It is vital that we have the systems in place to ensure our team can react quickly to maximise positive outcomes from these opportunities."

Mr Walsh said investing in the latest cloud technology has helped it virtualise its entire IT infrastructure.

"This has made control across all our sites much simpler by reducing 12 IT servers over four locations to nine servers within our head office in Dungannon.

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