Clouston Group move systems into the cloud

The firm behind the Stephenson Quarter project has invested in cloud technologies

Left to right: Justin Short of Synergi with Alan Schofield of Clouston Group
Left to right: Justin Short of Synergi with Alan Schofield of Clouston Group

Property developer Clouston Group has moved its management systems into the cloud in a bid to build a more flexible business, the company said.

The firm, developing the £200m flagship Stephenson Quarter adjacent to Newcastle Central Station, said it has seen immediate benefits from the shift from a traditional IT infrastructure to cloud technologies implemented by Synergi IT.

Alan Schofield, finance director at Clouston Group, said: “It has been a big win for the business.

“There have been capital cost savings, ongoing maintenance savings and a support mechanism that we feel better suits us as a business.

“While the shift meant some change it only took a quick period of time before we picked everything up – much of the changes are quite intuitive and straighforward.”

He explained the shift was prompted by changes in the way people are using technology and the need to invest in a new server, PCs and licenses.

“The timing was perfect to review our IT system. We needed to become more adaptable; other parts of the business are getting more sophisticated and people have started using mobile devices. Also, our professional design team are continually improving the way they use technology to advance design on site and we needed to be able to access and share that. The old system never really got the integration working properly. We’re delighted with the savings and flexibility that Synergi have added to the business.”

Peter Joynson, managing director of Gateshead-based Synergi, added: “Clouston Group were at that critical stage that many SMEs are facing – investing in new servers and more tin or reviewing their business, adopting Office 365 and migrating systems into the cloud. Businesses quickly see cost savings and then enjoy a more flexible way of working where staff and partners can share more information.”


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