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Blue sky thinking on cloud computing.

BUSINESSES that make organisations more efficient through better use of IT are in high demand right now.

Catching the wave is Woodford IT, which is adding cloud computing services to its support and financial management solutions, designed to help reduce operating costs.

To manage growth the Rhyl-based company has recently hired an extra employee and will be making another appointment before the year is out.

Yet managing director Peter Woodford strikes a cautionary note when talking about "the cloud" - the IT phrase of the moment.

Despite having clients in England as well as the North Wales region, the local economy's high proportion of smaller businesses presents a challenge.

"Smaller businesses tend to be slower to take up new technologies like cloud computing, which gets a lot of media hype now," Peter told Business Post.

"Small business owners tend to want to keep control. They don't like the idea of data being stored elsewhere, even though it's almost certain to be more secure than on their business premises."

Trading for 18 years, Woodford IT has seen its services evolve, and changes to the way in which they're provided. As with IT, the technology behind retail cash tills has advanced significantly.

Latest-generation ePos (electronic point-of-sale) systems are powerful business management tools in their own right.

Woodford is one of only a handful of ePos suppliers in North Wales.

"You can buy or lease the hardware, which makes it an affordable way to make a business more efficient," says Peter.

"They also provide improved reporting for managers. Shop sales and other transactions can even be seen the minute they happen."


Darren (left) and Peter Woodford, the father-and-son team, with some ePOS equipment
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2011
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