A Wanganui based hydraulic engineering and service company, Dynaflow, beat out 169 other entries to win Cisco’s second $50,000 technology makeover.
The competition was open to any local firm with fewer than 50 employees. Dynaflow staff had to write 60 words describing how the technology would help the business grow.
Director Scott Clarke says because the company has branches in Wellington and Auckland, Cisco’s video conferencing technology will enable staff to talk to personnel at different branches without having to travel.
“We are a small family owned business and my father always had the saying that he would travel a million miles to see a customer face to face rather than talk to them over the phone. It’s a good old fashioned value to have but it’s just not sustainable in today’s environment.”
The company is using Skype but Clarke says this is not technology that’s aimed at professional business use.
Along with the installation of video communications, he says there will be a total ICT infrastructure refresh.
“Cisco provides a fantastic line of IP phones and solutions that we’re really interested in. Our ICT system at the moment is not really integrated as it’s a mishmash of different technology. This [money] will give that system a birthday.”
Cisco country manager Geoff Lawrie says the company chose Dynaflow because they were a typical, rather than unique, small business.
“The whole point of doing this [competition] is so we can create a case study that resonates with other small businesses. We chose a business that had the typical issues of a small business.”
Cisco was offering a complete replacement of the winner’s communications infrastructure plus video, voice and mobile communications. It promoted the makeover on TV3’s ASB Business show.
Lawrie adds that the 170 entries were up from last year’s competition which attracted 120.
“We’ll be keen to run the competition again [next year] but it hasn’t been agreed yet with TV3.”