The network effect sees firm land coveted Partner status

The network effect sees firm land coveted Partner status

Arthur McKay has won coveted BusinessPartner status with a tech giant which underpins the communication infrastructure for major businesses across the world.

Arthur McKay operates UK wide providing building support services that help firms get the best possible performance from buildings and assets including voice and data networks.

Now its networks division – which offers data cabling, telecom solutions and smart building technology – has earned iPatch BusinessPartner status with CommScope.

With more than 11,500 staff in 100 countries, CommScope makes essential communication possible for thousands of businesses. It works only with the most trustworthy and highest quality partners and runs a rigorous accreditation programmes to vet potential associates.

Dave McLean, head of network operations at Arthur McKay, said, ‘Earning BusinessPartner status with this product set is a real coup for us.

‘The reason CommScope provides so much of the communication infrastructure for global business is because it continually invests in the quality of both its products and services. This accreditation says that we meet the same exacting standards.’

CommScope’s business now spans the entire infrastructure vital to modern communications, including telephony, broadband and wireless communications. When the company launched in the US 30 years ago, its main product was telephone cable. Today its IP and data cabling includes the Systimax solution, used by major banks and blue chip corporations.

Arthur McKay has been a cabling partner on the Systimax system for a number of years. It has now invested a gruelling 12 months of effort to earn the new accreditation, which covers the operation of CommScope’s intelligent infrastructure management product, iPatch.

Dave McLean added, ‘What iPatch does is track all cabled connections across a business or enterprise – which could be hundreds or even thousands of devices on numerous different sites.

‘A major business may have thousands of employees, with new people joining all the time, while others leave or some simply move desks. That can be a massive logistical puzzle to sort out and keep track of.

‘The iPatch technology allows a controlled IT management for any programme of adds, moves and changes. It even distributes that work to individual technicians to be sorted out. The system also monitors to ensure those connections and changes are made correctly and also keeps a record of everything.’

Now Arthur McKay’s is one of only eight accredited iPatch Solutions BusinessPartners in the UK. The 60 strong team in the networks division provide a blend of cabling expertise, networking knowledge of routers and switches and detailed proficiency in server and desktop management.

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