Belfast City Airport agrees Cloud Nine deal

George Best Belfast City Airport has agreed a new three-year partnership with local, cloud-first information technology company, Leaf IT, to strengthen the airport’s digital transformation programme.

By Claire Cartmill
Friday, 26th February 2021, 5:00 pm
Leaf IT CEO Steven Goldblatt and Director of IT at Belfast City Airport, Brian Roche
Leaf IT CEO Steven Goldblatt and Director of IT at Belfast City Airport, Brian Roche

The collaboration between the two Belfast-based organisations, which will increase internal process efficiencies and enhance the overall customer experience at the airport, has already resulted in a 50% reduction in IT operational support costs.

The partnership has also secured the continued employment of two ICT Systems Engineers who together have over 40 years’ of on-site IT experience.

Belfast City Airport’s Director of Information Technology, Brian Roche, said: “At Belfast City Airport, we wish to establish ourselves as an industry leader in the field of IT infrastructure and have a comprehensive strategy in place to make that happen. Leaf IT, with its 15 years’ experience and results-driven approach to digital solutions, is the perfect partner to join us on our journey, having excelled through the competitive tender process due to its innate understanding of the airport’s needs, innovative services and futureproofing foresight. We are delighted to welcome them on board as a trusted partner.”

The airport, which has just signed a contract for the installation of 5G, setting it on a path to becoming one of the most highly connected transport hubs in the UK, will work with Leaf IT to prioritise cyber security, analytical technologies, and the upgrading of IT infrastructure to a Nutanix Hyperconverged platform, complete with disaster recovery.

Steven Goldblatt, Chief Executive Officer of Leaf IT, also added: “Belfast City Airport has placed its trust in us to deliver reliable and scalable IT. Our team will bring an innovative approach to the airport’s transformation towards Cloud and we are looking forward to assisting the team in utilising world leading technology to improve processes at the airport and deliver exceptional customer experience.”

In addition to a fully managed IT service, Belfast City Airport will also lean on Leaf IT for the procurement of all future hardware and work closely on the exploration and implementation of emerging IT technologies.

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