Founded in 1989, Zeraxis Limited offers specialist IT advice to bridge the gap between business and technology. Experienced consultants work to ensure that applications and systems are not only professionally installed and managed, but also fully exploited within the business environment.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership
To strengthen its market position, Zeraxis wanted to increase its capabilities to include the provision of IT-based business solutions. The company needed to develop and implement a framework for software integration in which elements, such as code libraries and support programs, could be organised and developed, enabling component-based development.
To develop the knowledge and resources to meet that challenge, Zeraxis set up a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Greenwich.
Through this successful collaboration, Zeraxis has been transformed from a pure system integration consultancy to one that also generates income from product sales. They've also gained:
- the capability to provide IT-based business solutions through development and application of software
- an integration framework and accompanying design methodology
- a library of reusable software components built and catalogued, expected to increase sales turnover by 20%
- ISO 9001 accreditation
- the confidence to enter new market areas, with large potential sales
Marika Ludmann was recruited as Associate on this KTP project, providing the vital link between the University of Greenwich and Zeraxis. Here's what she had to say about the experience:
"The project delivered to expectations and beyond, with many unforeseen, tangible benefits. I also benefited greatly both professionally and personally, gaining tremendous technical, business and management skills, and superior inter-personal and social skills."
Academic Partner benefits
The School of Computer Science at the University of Greenwich worked with Zeraxis to deliver this KTP. The collaboration provided academics within the school with a valuable insight into a modern, professional IT environment. The experience even influenced some of the School's course, as Professor Brian Knight explains: "As a result of this collaboration, we completely changed the content of our MSc unit on data warehousing, to include message-based enterprise integration."