Hull-based KCOM and Hessle-based cloud services outfit Giacom say their new partnership signals the creation of a Microsoft powerhouse that will let firms across the region access the IT giant’s cloud based products and services more easily than ever before.
This partnership boosts the cloud application engineering capability that KCOM already offers its large enterprise and public sector customers through its national business.
KCOM’s Business Development Managing Director Sean Royce said: “I’m delighted to be partnering with Giacom to deliver Microsoft cloud services to our customers. It’s great to see two successful, local and award-winning businesses come together to create a world-class service for the region.
“Giacom offers a level of expertise and direct access to Microsoft that is unrivalled within the region and this will directly benefit our customers together with their superb level of service. And they are on our doorstep. This will also generate opportunities and investment within Hull and East Yorkshire and its thriving digital and tech sector.”.
He said that KCOM had deep roots in the region and the best interests of the local economy at heart and always used local suppliers wherever possible. This keeps as much of the money we spend within the local economy, which makes him happy to have a thriving local business like Giacom on board.
“We’re proud to be partnering with a company that is a major part of the blossoming tech sector, which is creating jobs and prosperity across this region, all enabled and underpinned by the fastest and most reliable broadband network in the UK.”
Giacom’s Chief Executive Officer, Mike Wardell, said: “We’re delighted to be working with such a forward-thinking and innovative company as KCOM. There are many synergies between our two companies, especially with KCOM also being a proud, Yorkshire-based company.
“We’re looking forward to starting an exciting journey with KCOM as we become their cloud partner and support them in providing a great service to their customers.”
Established in Hull in 1999, Giacom is a technology business focussed on the software distribution sector through its online cloud marketplace.
Named “The fastest growing company in Yorkshire in 2020” by Business Insider Magazine, the company employs more than 70 people and works with global names as well as thousands of small businesses.
Giacom is a certified Microsoft Gold Partner and one of the original Microsoft Indirect Cloud Service Providers.
Founded in 1904 as Hull Telephone Department, KCOM is one of the UK’s oldest companies in the telecoms sector.
The broadband and IT solutions provider was the first in Europe with a digital network as well as the first in the UK to offer interactive broadband TV. It has won several awards during the last year including the ISPA award for the UK’s Best Consumer Broadband provider and the European Broadband Award for Quality and Affordability of service.