A Midland construction company has carried out a complete communications upgrade of is traditional bricks and mortar business.
Wellingborough- based Watson & Cox Construction appointed Warwickshire IT specialist Titan Technology to install a 20-workstation technology upgrade at its head office.
Titan, which is headquartered on the outskirts of Leamington Spa, beat two other shortlisted companies to win the contract bringing the construction firm's communications infrastructure into the 21st century.
The contract included a Microsoft Small Business Server (with backup anti-virus and anti-spam software), local area network cabling, broadband access email, website and domain hosting, upgrades to all PCs, and staff training in the new technology.
Jonathan Smith, senior contracts manager with Watson & Cox, one of the leading construction firms in Northamptonshire, said the state-oftheart upgrade was the first major change in the way the firm operates since it was founded in 1971.
Investment was necessary because the firm was growing, with a turnover of £25 million in the current financial year.
"The other IT firms we interviewed didn't seem to understand our requirements in the way Titan did," said Mr Smith. "We're still finding our feet with the system, but Titan are there to hold our hand and see us through any problems.
"We've been using PCs for years, of course, but we have never been networked before."
In addition to the head office team, Watson & Cox has around 14 project and site managers in the field, and a 38-strong direct workforce.
The aim is for site offices to access the head office network, downloading documents and drawings by email, and speeding the construction process.
"Thanks to broadband, the speed with which we can now send and receive information is incredible," Mr Smith added.