A Washington manufacturer is upgrading its IT system to help drive overseas growth.
International expansion and rising exports have seen Walker Filtration turn to Gateshead-based software solutions business, Synergi Information Technology, to provide consultancy support and specialist assistance with its Microsoft SharePoint roll-out.
Walker Filtration, which employs 220 people and has an annual turnover of around £25m, manufacturers and exports compressed air filters and dryers to around 70 countries.
The IT investment allows the group, which has won four Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in International Trade and twice been name Durham & Wearside Company of the Year, to focus on its growth strategy.
IT manager Steve Palmer said: “Our IT and management systems need to be more efficient, robust, and flexible to handle the changes that are underway.
“Towards the end of last year we decided to implement Microsoft’s SharePoint software system, utilising some of the latest cloud technologies to help automate more of our systems and help people access documents and data from around different sites.
“The IT department and what we do is evolving, reflecting the growth journey of the business.”
Benefits will include greatly improved customer document storage systems, allowing improved access from current and new company sites around the world. The need to upgrade hardware and software will also be gradually reduced.
Synergi, which provides specially-designed business applications and Microsoft technologies, has won several major regional, national and international accounts since launching earlier this year.
Director David Kaye said: “Our approach is proactive and business-benefit driven, giving businesses, large and small, faster, more reliable tools to actually focus on their business and not their IT problems.
“We’re at an early stage in an ambitious project with Walker Filtration. They recognise the value of matching technology with business objectives. We can help them on their journey and make the most of SharePoint and our apps, ensuring technology is actually moulded to actual business needs.”