IT support company Solab’s innovative logistics management software is helping keep the firm on track to achieve £3 million turnover this year.
Solab has 28 years experience in supporting, training and developing businesses across Scotland and beyond, delivering expert IT services and solutions.
The north east company’s Onboard Tracker software manages crewing logistics, certification and competence data on people working on over 70% of the manned rigs in the UKCS and in more than 50 countries.
Solab has secured significant, multi-year contract wins this year with a plethora of clients including Bilfinger Salamis UK, which recently implemented the software to support its North Sea training and competency operations.
The company has seen 24% growth in turnover in the last two years and the upward trend is continuing in 2019.
Stephanie Broadley, competency adviser, commented: “We implemented the certification module within Onboard Tracker in March 2019 and will shortly be implementing digital training matrices and the competency module across our business.
“The Bilfinger team enjoy working with Onboard Tracker and are enthusiastic when additional features are made available to them. Digitalisation is a key focus for our business and the introduction of Onboard Tracker provides an ideal solution to enhance our capability to track and report the training and competency of our people.”
Solab and Onboard Tracker have become a leading light in the North East’s Digital Workforce initiatives and help keep tens of thousands of energy workers trained, competent and safe in their daily activities.
In order to appropriately service the needs of a growing client base, Solab has increased its headcount with the recruitment of an Onboard Tracker implementation consultant, Vicky Andrew. With a fresh eye on the IT sector, Ms Andrew brings to the company more than a decade of experience in crewing logistics and further strengthens client support during the onboarding process.
Additionally, Sean Lynch has been promoted to the position of IT manager whilst three systems engineers and three developers have joined the team since the start of this year.
Adding key storage partner
As well as bolstering the team, Solab added NetApp as a key storage partner which led to some excellent technology refresh deals with major clients, including operators. Solab’s growth has also further enhanced existing relationships with Microsoft, Fujitsu, CISCO, VMware and Sonicwall.
Chris Greenwood, NetApp senior director for the UK and Ireland, said: “As the world’s data authority for hybrid cloud, NetApp select the very best IT services providers to partner with. Our success with Solab in Aberdeen and throughout Scotland is a testament to their technical abilities, ethos and reputation. Our relationship over the last two years has gone from strength to strength.”
Commenting on the success of the year to date, managing director Kevin Coll, said: “What sets Solab apart is that, whilst we have been in business and thriving for almost 30 years, we are continually improving, evolving and leading in our field. Our positive culture is also demonstrated by our high staff and client retention levels, with large numbers having been with us for many years.
“These are key factors in creating a stable foundation from which to grow a business and, in our case, it is a strategy which is paying dividends in terms of longevity and sustainability, as well boosting the balance sheet.
“However, we are always careful to balance our rich corporate history with the need for agility and responsiveness to thrive in a competitive arena. During tough market conditions we didn’t sit back, instead we invested and further developed our innovative approach to support mobile workforces across the energy sector, which has proven to an effective growth strategy for us.”
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