EPL champions get a kick out of Autotask

Autotask Corp. software has been used to support the Manchester City Football Club of the English Premier League.

This past season Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City team won the English Premier League title for the first time in 44 years. The soccer club has been working with solution provider Synergy Technology in building a new IT infrastructure to help the team compete with powerhouse Liverpool FC, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arensal. Manchester City is an operation that employs 350 staff worldwide and welcomes nearly 50,000 fans every matchday.

Synergy Technology supports Manchester City Football Club’s IT from back-office to front-of-house on a 24/7/365 basis. In addition to call-centre support, the company has five staff on-site to support the club’s Directors, players and operational support. Synergy Technology partners with the club to ensure current needs are met and adequate preparations are made to support future growth.

Sanjeev Katwa, Head of IT at Manchester City Football Club has increased focus on monitoring performance against a service level agreement covering data reporting and analysis. The focus on data extends to capacity planning and prioritising investment. The club demands data and insight to ensure they make targeted strategic business decisions.

Tony Poole, Managing Director of Synergy Technology; “In order to support Manchester City Football Club and Sanjeev Katwa’s ambitions to monitor current performance and predicting future needs, we wanted a solution that could evolve and flex to different scenarios. We knew our needs and the needs of our customer were going to change significantly over time.”

The role of a managed service provider (MSP) software platform in service delivery was crucial.

To meet the needs of customers, a high-performance business like Synergy Technology needs be able to collect and analyse a range of data about its service delivery and its customers’ IT. In order to guarantee service delivery and make informed decisions, this data needs to be accurate, timely and visible.

Synergy Technology needed a system that would collect data giving a holistic view of service provision and effectiveness. This visibility would enable Synergy Technology to provide information to Manchester City Football Club to enable the client to make well-informed business decisions when focusing their investment to support future operations.

An effective MSP software platform was required to help improve the user experience of the company’s service, streamline issue reporting and management, maximise uptime, resolve issues quickly and report with greater clarity.

During its procurement process, Synergy Technology reviewed 10 systems before selecting Autotask. The key decision factor was Autotask’s ability to develop and adapt to real-world situations.

“We were impressed with the vision behind Autotask, their approach and understanding of our type of business – managed service provision,” confirmed Tony Poole. “We were impressed with the ‘Autotask Ecosystem’ and felt that it was a platform that would allow us to grow business success. As our customer requirements evolve, our use of Autotask can evolve.”

Autotask’s customisable workflow means that it can be adapted to suit each customer, reflecting their business, their processes, their helpdesk set-up and their customers. “Autotask is a purpose-built platform specifically designed for managed services providers,” commented Mark Banfield, Managing Director International at Autotask. “We’ve built a dynamic solution that grows with our customers and is strongly positioned worldwide. With over twenty-five staff in Richmond supporting accounts, implementation and support, our clients receive an outstanding level of service from initial implementation to ongoing training so that they can grow their business profitably.”

The model has certainly worked well for Synergy Technology and MCFC – both have provided excellent feedback on the service.

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