Radicon Takes IT into the Cloud in Record Time with Phoenix
Radicon, a global supplier of engineering products, has signed a three-year deal with Phoenix to host its entire IT system in the cloud. As part of the three-quarter of a million pound contract, Phoenix will host Radicon's data and communications systems at its Birstall data centre.
The agreement will also see Phoenix transfer Radicon's systems
in record time as the engineering firm has just 150 days to
separate its IT systems from its previous parent company, following
its recent acquisition by Indian engineering giant Elecon.
The systems hosted and managed by Phoenix will include Radicon's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system upon which it relies to effectively manage its entire supply chain, as well as all data, email and IP telephony. Phoenix will also deploy and manage a WAN to connect Radicon's Huddersfield headquarters with sites in The Netherlands and Sweden, as well as provide service desk support for IT users within the business.
Chris Riley, Business Manager at Radicon, explains: "Radicon has just 150 days to become self sufficient in its IT provision and we realised that we would be unable to build our own infrastructure within this deadline. This is a huge task, especially as we have been part of a larger group for 150 years and that it can take up to ninety days just to get a new broadband communications line. We are sure that Phoenix will deliver against this challenge."
"If our IT fails then we can't do business, so the security and reliability of Phoenix's data centre was a key decision maker for us. Once completed, we will have a much improved IT system, supported by a huge knowledge base of Phoenix experts, which we could never employ in-house. Outsourcing has been a no-brainer in terms of the benefits it will deliver our business," concluded Riley.
Martin O'Donnell, Managed Hosting & Cloud Services Director at Phoenix, said: "For many businesses the IT jargon of 'the cloud' is an enigma. Quite simply it is another alternative for businesses looking to improve the reliability and efficiency of their IT. Early adopters like Radicon are reaping the benefits of a fast and flexible hosted system that immediately delivers genuine business benefits. Without our cloud service, it's unlikely that Radicon would easily meet the transfer deadline."