It’s hard to make do with an IT system that your business has outgrown. The inevitable slowdowns can get to even the most patient members of staff. Worse, you know things are unlikely to get better without intervention – and intervention usually means investment.
Paddy Devine is ICT infrastructure manager for Chain Reaction Cycles, a Northern Ireland-based online bike store that’s grown from a family-run shop into one of the world’s biggest online cycle retailers.
While it’s true that the business isn’t so small any more, the rapid expansion means Chain Reaction Cycles has faced many of the same challenges that fast-growing start-ups encounter.
We asked Paddy to explain how the firm coped when it outgrew its network servers.