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Kainos director Noel Crowley (l) joined Gerard Ryan, operations director at Acorn Life, to mark the new £2m deal

Kainos director Noel Crowley (l) joined Gerard Ryan, operations director at Acorn Life, to mark the new £2m deal

Kainos director Noel Crowley (l) joined Gerard Ryan, operations director at Acorn Life, to mark the new £2m deal

A Belfast IT company has won a £2m contract with a life assurance company in the Republic.

Kainos will implement a new sales and customer relationship management system at Acorn Life in Galway.

Acorn Life, which sells investment, savings and protection products, hopes the new system will improve its service and enable staff to make more sales.

The new software is based on a Microsoft system which will be integrated with the assurance company’s existing system.

Gerard Ryan, operations director at Acorn Life, said: “This initiative with Kainos is designed to improve the IT systems used by our financial advisors so that they can better manage and build their business volumes.”

The system is due to be fully installed by April next year and is Acorn Life’s biggest IT project yet.

Mr Ryan said: “Kainos had the Microsoft experience, the financial services sector experience, a good understanding of our requirements, and a reputation for successful IT implementations.

“This is a crucial project for us. It will significantly increase our business, and is essential to our future — specifically our goal to be the largest and most productive direct sales force in Irish financial services within the next five years.”

Kainos director Noel Crowley said: “This is very timely news following the announcement of our recent expansion. It is another example of how we work with our customers to understand their business, and then implement the technologies which optimise their full potential, helping them deliver more effective and efficient services to their customers.”

Kainos, which started life as a Queen’s University spin-off, employs 300 people in offices in Belfast, Dublin, London and Gdansk in Poland. Earlier this year it announced it would be taking on another 80 staff. It recently celebrated a deal with the Home Office to provide its web content management system.

Belfast Telegraph