Houston’s creatives are sophisticated technology users and dependent on the security and throughput of the Group’s ICT
backbone. As a design house it has huge capacity requirements – where equipment over heating was an ongoing risk. And as an SME, the business is alert to and constrained by tight budgets.
The Group’s initial Cisco-based set up was based on the recommendations of its then parent, STW. While the equipment had worked to spec, at the end of the three year agreement, ongoing maintenance costs were unaffordable.
Stacey Wren, Houston Group’s Studio Manager, says “CompNow flagged that we had licenses expiring – and we would have been hit with $20K here and $20K there to keep going the way we were. As they helped us rethink what would best support us, we looked to go down the restructuring model.”