The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 12 July 2007

T2 brings Silicon Valley software to Scotland

AN Ayrshire-based IT firm has formed a strategic relationship with a Silicon Valley software development company, and with funding from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) now in place it has also set its sights on expansion.

Picture shows: Anne Clyde, area manager of UKSE with Bill Donaldson, managing director of T2 Solutions.

T2 Solutions Ltd, which is headquartered at Ayrshire Innovation Centre in Irvine, will help other specialist IT support companies throughout Scotland to access technology that was once the preserve of large multinationals, after it reached an agreement with American company Kaseya to resell its IT management software.

Kaseya’s web-based software was designed for IT administrators working within large blue-chip companies and IT support consultancies, but the high price of the software licence meant that it wasn’t an affordable solution for SMEs. The software itself not only allows companies to pre-empt any potential computer glitches, but it also enables them to fix 95 per cent of problems remotely, cutting down on the need to visit clients’ premises.

Having reached an agreement with Kaseya to deliver the software on a subscription basis, T2 Solutions Ltd will use the funding from UKSE to expand its staff numbers.

T2 Solutions Ltd managing director Bill Donaldson said: “There are currently over 20,000 IT support companies in the UK, and the majority of these are small businesses who simply can’t afford to invest in the specialist technology that would help them become more effective.

“Most of these companies are reactive and are only called out by clients when something has already broken down. Our solution will allow them to offer a pro-active management service by providing them with the necessary tools to regularly monitor a client’s IT network remotely and automate the majority of IT support tasks.

“This software is already being used in 25 countries throughout the world, and we now plan to roll it out to SMEs here in Scotland.”

Bill Donaldson launched T2 Solutions Ltd in 2001 after spending 25 years working in the IT industry. The company now employs six staff and works with over 50 clients drawn from both the public and private sectors.

UKSE area manager Anne Clyde said: “There are many IT support products on the market but few that meet the functionality of Kaseya’s and are suitably priced for the SME market.

“Bill has a sound team in place and has extensive knowledge of the IT support market. We believe the company has tremendous potential and will continue to work closely with T2 Solutions as it seeks to expand.”

UK Steel Enterprise, formerly British Steel (Industry) Ltd, was originally established in 1975 by the then British Steel Corporation and is a subsidiary of Corus Group, the company formed from the merger of British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens in 1999. Corus Group was recently acquired by Indian company Tata Steel.

Its objective is to help in the economic regeneration and development of those areas in the UK which have been affected by changes in the steel industry. UKSE directly helps small businesses – new and existing – to grow and create job opportunities. It also supports other organisations with similar aims.

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