Daren Howell considers why now is not the time to be complacent about how your organisation handles its data … Data is power....
Leading Express Parcels Company Turns to SunGard Availability Services as Part of £5 Million IT Infrastructure Refresh
SunGard Availability Services, the pioneer and leading provider of Information Availability services, has announced it has been appointed by City Link to manage its cloud and managed IT services, including its data centre supply. The appointment forms part of a £5 million pound investment by City Link, one of the UK’s leading premium express parcel companies, to generate both tangible customer investments and real efficiency improvements.
As part of the contract, SunGard will work with City Link to complete a migration and transition programme. SunGard’s focus on delivering the right solution for the right situation, regardless of market changes, will result in the applications that run the courier service being delivered on SunGard’s Enterprise Cloud Platform. The resilience, agility and robustness of this platform will cater to City Link’s ambitions to transform themselves to achieve sustained growth, with SunGard’s maintenance of the infrastructure and management of the underlying platform allowing City Link employees to concentrate on their core business outcomes.
“As a rapidly expanding next day courier company in a highly competitive market, City Link places customer satisfaction and quality of service at the heart of its activities,” says Keith Tilley, Executive Vice President, EMEA & APAC, SunGard Availability Services. “Its supporting technology platform, therefore, has to deliver 24/7 resilience and availability of information, which is what this investment will provide. With 2014 fast approaching, businesses will need to ensure such measures are in place, to remain competitive and drive business growth throughout next year.”
Spearheading the initiative is City Link’s IT Director, James Coxon, who will be running the transition project to introduce the new services. He commented: “The data centre function is at the very core of the City Link operation and one of the main IT elements which drives the business. We therefore needed not just a supplier but a partner, one that can bring the skills and capabilities we need to plan, design and transition our services under one roof that will ultimately deliver the customer benefits we’re looking to achieve – greater reliability, flexibility and responsiveness.”
Tilley continues; “It’s encouraging to see companies such as City Link recognise that significant IT infrastructure investment is not just an IT project. It’s about achieving continuous improvement whilst also readying for new growth opportunities. These are changes that have the potential to truly impact how a company operates and the value it can deliver for end-users and partners alike. Our focus, now, is to ensure City Link works smarter and manages cost efficiencies to drive this transformational change.”
The supply contract was put out to tender to both incumbent and new suppliers, to ensure City Link got the optimum service and best in class providers.
About City Link
Formed in 1969, City Link is one of the UK's leading premium express delivery companies with a pedigree spanning over 40 years:
A market leading service provider of guaranteed UK, Next Day and timed delivery services, City Link successfully delivers over 76,000,000 parcels a year across the UK and worldwide the company boasts annual revenues of over £320m.
City Link has a national network of 60 depots across the UK, operates 2500 delivery vehicles and offers a range of services including UK next day delivery, International, Post, Sameday and Specialist Services.