Paperflow Knowledge Transfer Partnership
A specialist office supplies company in South London, Paperflow Ltd recognised that they would benefit greatly from extending the use of the web to include internal and external information, as well as a real-time tracking system. So, they looked to us for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project that could provide them with the software engineering skills they needed to extend their IT capability.
What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership?
KTPs enable businesses to improve their competiveness, productivity and performance by forming a partnership with an academic institution. They are a win-win-win situation. Businesses acquire new knowledge and expertise. Graduates gain business-based experience and personal and professional opportunities. Whilst in turn, our academics get to broaden their expertise and ensure the business relevance of their teaching and research.
What were the benefits?
The project achieved much more than was originally planned. Paperflow Ltd was able to gain IT independence and improve its competitive edge. Through acquiring a valuable software capability, they have revived the role of IT systems within the business.
The transfer of knowledge included the methods of software engineering best practice and modern software engineering tools and techniques. These include a "three tier architecture", database, object orientated code and a web capability at the front line. Ultimately, the project delivered many benefits, including:
- New IT and software capabilities
- Improved business systems and greater efficiencies
- Enhanced services to new and existing customers
- New confidence and ability to cope with future changes
- IT department expanded threefold
- Annual sales turnover is expected to increase.