UK – November, 2008 – Polymorph, one of the UK's fastest growing IT services companies, has been working with Graduate Prospects (Prospects.ac.uk), the UK's leading provider of information, advice and opportunities to students and graduates, to review its IT strategy and infrastructure. Polymorph consultants will be working closely with Graduate Prospects to provide guidance, advice and recommendations to help the organisation ensure optimisation of its new online and digital communication channels, which include its website, newsletter and e-zines. These will provide a critical link between students and graduates, careers support services, UK universities and graduate employers to ensure that all students and graduates have instant access to up-to-the-minute careers advice and the latest vacancies.
In order to optimise Graduate Prospects' new communication channels, the company needed to address some challenges inherent in its current IT architecture. Polymorph's consultants conducted a series of structured interviews with key staff members across all sections of the company to understand the strategic direction of the business and existing pain points. A number of assessment tools were used, including Microsoft's Infrastructure Optimisation Framework, to review the technical infrastructure and to analyse how well it satisfied the business objectives. Polymorph's consultants proposed a set of recommendations and highlighted the primary need for Graduate Prospects to appoint an IT Executive who would focus on driving IT developments and provide strategic technical leadership.
"With the continuing changes in our key markets and the growth of IT reliant products and services, we had come to an important junction at Graduate Prospects," commented Allan Brown, Sales Director at Graduate Prospects. "We were increasingly developing our digital channels, our website, newsletters and e-zines, which meant that we were more and more reliant on IT to deliver these to our audiences. In Polymorph we found a comprehensive solution, as the company's consultants understood our particular business and technology needs and provided the most holistic approach."
On the back of Polymorph's recommendations and with its support and involvement throughout the recruitment process, Graduate Prospects hired Adrian Preston as its new Chief Technology Officer. He brings over 17 years of strategic leadership, solution architecture, programme management and delivery experience.
Stephen Harris, Managing Director of Polymorph, said: "Growing organisations such as Graduate Prospects now see their IT operations as a key competitive differentiator and a way of improving the service they offer to their clients and customers. We look forward to continue working with Graduate Prospects to provide assistance and support for the development of the company's new streamlined IT infrastructure, as well as helping it achieve true value and return on investment."
About Graduate Prospects:
Graduate Prospects is the UK's leading provider of information, advice and opportunities to students and graduates. It produces the market-leading Prospects portfolio of graduate employment and postgraduate study guides – online, digitally and in print. Prospects.ac.uk is the UK's biggest and busiest graduate careers website with over 900,000 unique visitors every month. With over one million students and graduate registrants, the Prospects portfolio can provide employers and postgraduate course providers with a targeted audience of unrivalled breadth and depth.
Graduate Prospects is the commercial trading subsidiary of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU), a higher education agency and registered charity. Unlike commercial competitors, Graduate Prospects is not responsible to a remote body of shareholders and instead reinvests profits back into the higher education system to the benefit of all – careers services, students, graduates and recruiters.
Polymorph Ltd is one of the UK's fastest growing IT services companies with an established team of professionals. The company provides organisations across public and corporate sectors with IT consultancy, application development and support services to help improve processes, reduce costs and achieve rapid Return on Investment. Polymorph offers bespoke and third party application development and support, and upgrade or migration services. Through its Managed Services Division, Polymorph provides SMEs with a comprehensive range of services that cover remote and on-site desktop and server support. Its customers include Merseyside Police, Manchester Airport, Williams Formula 1 and Feedwater. For additional information, please visit www.polymorph.co.uk
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