Sky’s the limit for cloud com­put­ing com­pany

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

A FIRM of IT spe­cial­ists have proved they don’t have their heads in the clouds as they re­launch their busi­ness.

The team at Macclesfield based IT so­lu­tions firm Axon have re­launched the com­pany as a purely cloud com­put­ing firm, mean­ing they only pro­vide their ser­vices over the in­ter­net.

The firm, which pro­vides tech­ni­cal IT sup­port to clients, used to pro­vide ser­vices at busi­ness premises so cus­tomers would have servers in their of­fices, but now they only pro­vide their ser­vices via servers on the in­ter­net through Mi­crosoft.

The move comes af­ter a 40 per cent in­crease in trad­ing in 2014 and it is hoped the re­launch will help the busi­ness grow even more into the fu­ture.

Founded in 2001 as an IT sup­port com­pany, Axon started to shift the fo­cus of the busi­ness to­wards cloud com­put­ing in 2011, re­train­ing staff and im­ple­ment­ing new strate­gies to begin the tran­si­tion to a cloud com­put­ing provider.

In 2011 Axon be­came the first com­pany in the North West to re­ceive a Mi­crosoft cloud-based ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

This Jan­uary they were awarded fur­ther ac­cred­i­ta­tions in cloud so­lu­tions and cloud pro­duc­tiv­ity.

The firm’s suc­cess dur­ing its tran­si­tion to a cloud provider saw 2014 mark a record year for Axon, with rev­enues in­creas­ing from £1,136,000 to £1,585,000 – a 40pc in­crease on the pre­vi­ous year and an 88pc in­crease since the start of the shift to a cloud spe­cial­ist in 2011.

Tim Mears, man­ag­ing direc­tor, said: “Cloud tech­nol­ogy of­fers our cus­tomers a cost ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional on-premise IT so­lu­tions, pro­vid­ing busi­nesses with the tools to work smarter, driv­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and main­tain­ing com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.

“The suc­cess dur­ing our tran­si­tion to a cloud provider stands the busi­ness in good stead to con­tinue our growth strat­egy, work­ing with the lat­est tech­nolo­gies to of­fer our cus­tomers the most ad­vanced so­lu­tions on the mar­ket.”

‘The suc­cess dur­ing our tran­si­tion to cloud provider stands the busi­ness in good stead’

●● IT firm Axon co-own­ers, from left, tech­ni­cal direc­tor Gra­ham Fern, man­ag­ing direc­tor Tim Mears and com­mer­cial direc­tor Mike Agut­ter

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