SouthTech - Sol-Tec
The company, Nik Topham set up some twenty-eight years ago - he wanted to carve out his own destiny in IT - bears no resemblance to the same business today. Except in terms of ethos.
Longevity, and growth (29% last year) for that matter, doesn’t necessarily mean more of the same. Over the years, Sol-Tec have re-invented themselves five times, from providing IT services to focusing on data centres, then business continuity, networks, and now the cloud. Part of the migration was in order to achieve a change in the customer base, which is no longer a myriad of SMEs but central government departments such as the Home Office, Department for Education, the Ministry of Defence, and universities including Bradford, and Cranfield.
“Just to survive,” says Topham, “you have to be able to stay ahead.” He believes the best way for a technology company to move into a new area of activity, is to invest in experts who have roots in the sector in question.
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