Kixo IT – Supporting Tolman Motorsport

Kixo are incredibly proud to sponsor/partner with the Midlands based TolmanMotorsport – A BritishGT racing team. Computers and IT isn’t always the most exciting of subjects (unless your geeks like us)  Racing about in sports cars in way more interesting, we are lucky that we have very interesting clients!

A few months ago we partnered and agreed to provide services and support to the Team. Its Tolman’s first year in the prestigious GT series but the team have a long racing pedigree including WorldRally and Touring cars.

We joined the team mid season so we have been thrown in at the deep end. Since partnering the team has been clocking up points at Snetterton and Spa in Belgium, and last weekend clocked a 1st place at Brandshatch! There a only 2 more races this season and Tolman have been doing amazingly!

Drivers Luke Davenport and David Patterson along with the entire team have been simply storming it! We travelled all the way with them to Spa in Belgium to what has to be the one of the most historical and famous F1 tracks in the world, we wanted to be able to provide them with network, data, and communications unparalleled in the GT series.

Everyone knows F1 is famous for being cutting edge but F1 seems to have lost its spark to the fans, so a lot of people have been looking to BritishGT for the high action and fun it offers. The league has been gaining traction for a long time now and Kixo believe we can help the team progress, and yes we hope to have some fun along the way!

Data is one of the big things for teams now, from logging historical to logging live, and having it all on tap, Big Data is something Kixo can do for Tolman in the British GT series.

We wont be talking to much about what we are doing as its all race secrets but the demand for high uptime, always available, critical data to make race decisions is something we are proud to be working on!

So if you wondered why a IT company had been tweeting about motorsport, now you know why! You can catch the guys winning at BrandsHatch here on Channel4’s catchup service here!

Happiness in the Office

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Business has changed massively in the last generation, The silicon valley kids have shown a different possibility of offices that make staff want to be more productive, and that flexible companies produce better results, and actually can be deciding factors for staff in where they work now.

If you’re a multi billion pound business like google, facebook or Pixar then you can afford to have offices the size of cities with free food, cinemas, lounges, nap pods, slides, scooters and french bull dogs as far as you can see…. but what about the rest of us?

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We’ve actually see the trend trickle down now to all sectors and business sizes. A lot of businesses are becoming pet friendly, we’re seeing luxuries in lunch rooms like pool tables, tvs, staff personal WiFi, and sofas.

Desk space is more flexible and companies are investing in decent screen sizes and comfy chairs, and they do go a long way as well. Flexi hours is more common as well, working from home or a coffee shop is a space to think and get a clear head and allowing more senior members of staff to be more productive.

Meeting spaces are becoming more creative with interactive presentation devices, and video conferencing and collaboration tools such as appear.in. Receptions are even getting bling’d with touch screens and immersive experiences demonstrating the company’s’ products and history.

We are seeing a lot of companies who are nomads and shun the office all together, working on the road, home and shared spaces like hotels, coffee shops. Technology now means teams can collaborate and talk all day long without being in the same post code. One of the dangers of being so free as staff can be making sure the team are still a team. Applications like skype and Software like slack (we are big fans of slack) meaning small businesses can be diverse but solid. Being a team player while having a unique individual touch on the business means happier staff and ultimately a more successful business no matter its size.

Free Event – IT Tools for Business Growth

Kixo have been partnering with RGN and PERA Consulting to provide a free no selling event open to public and private individuals and businesses.

The idea behind the event is to show a range of products that can help businesses understand their IT, have better control and direction over it. How to save money and also how to use those tools to generate more money in ways of bidding for new work. Simply IT tools for Business growth

  •          Basic management of website, domains
  •          Emails and calendars and contacts
  •          Notes and information gathering – OneNote
  •          Communications tools – Skype, slack and VOIP
  •          Sales Software – BaseCRM
  •          Accounts – Sage one
  •          Cloud storage – Google Docs and OneDrive
  •          Social Media Management – Hootsuite & Buffer
  •          Security – Encryption, Anti-virus, Backups
  •          Disaster Recovery – Cloud

Its a very informal talk with a lot of back and fourth, the idea is to ask as many questions as you can so we can give you some help. Think of it as quizzing a IT person for a few hours.

Kixo staff are passionate about business and IT, this is our way of sharing something we are passionate about.

The next event is in Coleshill on the 7th July – please see here to book your free place

Kixo Partners with Pera Consulting for RGN Events

Kixo is proudly partnering with Pera Consulting and the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network to put on a series of free events talking about IT Tools to help SMBs grow

ICT / IT is an often undervalued area for most small to mid sized businesses. With a recent industry shift, most software is now cloud based. With most applications offering a free entry level model there are now a huge range of tools and platforms available to businesses which can empower people. The problem is now working out the most suitable option for you and your business.

One of the biggest problems for small businesses is hours in the day and management of data. Being organised is key. IT tools can help to give you what you need when you need it.

Small businesses can benefit from tools used by larger companies without the same costs attached, and while we will not be going in too deeply as the specifics of each piece of software, we will outline and demonstrate some of the more powerful and free applications available to users to maximise their hours in the day.

IT isn’t just a broken computer being turned off and on to fix pop up, its tools that drives businesses and people. We hope to enable IT novices create invoices and quotes from their mobiles while out on the road. And switching on more advanced users to Encryption and security, which enables some companies to work in new areas ticking boxes and allowing them to bid for work they couldn’t before. IT can grow your business.

On this course we will cover aspects such as:

  • Basic management of website, domains
  • emails and calendars and contacts on all your devices – Office 365
  • Notes and information gathering – OneNote
  • Communications tools – Skype for business, slack and VOIP
  • Sales Software – BaseCRM
  • Accounts – Sage one
  • Cloud storage – Google Docs and OneDrive
  • Social Media Management – Hootsuite & Buffer
  • Security – Encryption, Anti-virus, Backups
  • Disaster Recovery – Cloud

This session is delivered by Dan Stone from Kixo IT in collaboration with Pera Consulting and the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network.

The Access Group – ERP in the Midlands

We have spoken before about how we are “Midlands and proud” and we thought we would post about a company we work with who are also Midlands based, they have multiple offices across the UK but the teams in Midlands are the ones we deal regularly with.

Access is a group who provide ERP. 2 of the modules within that ecosystem are Factory Master and Delta who are based in Nuneaton and Coventry respectively.

We are not going to try and plug the system or sell it to anyone there are many ERP systems this is one of them, but we did want to recognise and mention the teams we work with.

There is something very nice about dealing with specialists who are local enough to come into the office and be at the end of a phone, it’s something we believe in massively.

Having a name and a face we can work with we believe builds a stronger relationship, team and ultimately better result for the business.

It’s getting increasingly rarer to see companies staying in the UK and especially regionally, so we just wanted to show our gratitude to local specialists who know their stuff!

So big thumbs up to the Nuneaton and Coventry teams and just to say we enjoy working with them!

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