Surecomp, a leading provider of integrated enabling technologies for the banking and financial market, today announced a unique partnering agreement with The Blue Chip Group, the largest independent maintainer of IBM mid-range systems in the UK.
Established in 1987, The Blue Chip Group specializes in the maintenance and support of IBM mid-range equipment; AS400/iseries/i5 and RS6000/pSeries/p5 machines, as well as an all encompassing portfolio of related support services. With operations in the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden and Sri Lanka, Blue Chip's many and varied customers including major banks, finance houses, insurance companies, local / regional authorities, educational facilities, manufacturing companies and retail chains.
Situated just north of London, Blue Chip's primary data center in Bedford meets and exceeds all international security standards. A secondary recovery center is based three miles from the primary data center with additional resilience provided by a third data center in Alloa, Scotland.
"Successful ASP offerings must provide superior products, flexibility and price performance and at the same time guarantee reliability to the clients. The Surecomp Hi-Finance factoring solution is recognized as the superior factoring ASP solution. Blue Chip is a leading specialist in the provision of a total failsafe hosting and disaster recovery services. Our decision to partner with an industry leader resulted from our determination that this partnership would result in the best solution for our clients," explained Lee Kingshott, general manager - Surecomp factoring solutions.
"In selecting Blue Chip we looked not only at the company's enviable track record but also at its people. It is critical that we partner with a company that holds the same values as Surecomp and one with which we were able to develop a strategic partnership. These common values are the bricks and mortar that support the relationship," concluded Lee Kingshott.
"Moving from being a simple supplier of services to a strategic partner is always a major undertaking. From our first meeting with Surecomp we understood the value of the common interests we both shared and the joint direction both companies wished to pursue," commented Jim Nesbitt, Blue Chip's sales manager. "At the end of the day no matter how impressive our record is, the competitive price structure we offer or the array talent at our command, we measure our success by current customer retention and new customer expansion. We feel privileged to be partnering with an international company of Surecomp's reputation."