IT reseller techbuyer launches software platform to enable global growth


Techbuyer has launched a new bespoke product database platform, following a six-figure investment to update its legacy systems.

Founded in Harrogate in 2005, Techbuyer buys parts such as servers, memory and storage and turns them into quality refurbished IT equipment to resell to the public and private sector and individuals. The business has a stock inventory of over 225,000 IT parts from leading brands including HP, Dell and Intel.

With Techbuyer sites in the UK, USA and Germany, the software will help enable its further expansion into Asia Pacific markets, with a purpose-built facility due to open in Australia in early 2019. In the past two years, the company’s turnover doubled from £17m to £33m. It is set to significantly increase again in the next two years, as the business continues to attract major customers.

The six-month systems upgrade was led by Leeds-based software developer Audacia, which specialises in developing problem-solving technology for complex business critical projects. Used across a global network of warehouses, Audacia’s bespoke platform reduces downtime, improves reporting, resilience and sales management and provides enriched product data.

Techbuyer’s IT security manager, Rich Kenny, said: “Our sales business relies quite heavily on one platform, so if we have issues or site downtime, it has a major impact on our bottom line. When it came to replacing our legacy system, we needed to ensure that the new platform was stable and robust.

“We complied an initial list of almost 40 software companies and a shortlist of around five, but what set Audacia apart was its experience in delivering business critical projects in a very stable and measured way. The team understands global businesses and was agile enough to adapt and respond. We now have a resilient back-end system that will support our ongoing growth.”

Founded in 2010, Audacia enables its customers to improve operational efficiencies, increase competitive advantage and realise the commercial benefits of innovative technologies, including virtual reality and machine learning. Its clients include British Gypsum, AESSEAL, Specialist Marine Consultants and Europcar.

Philip White, managing director of Audacia, said: “Upgrading legacy systems can be a daunting task, but it’s absolutely business critical for global companies to have resilient systems. Techbuyer has gone from strength to strength in recent years and it’s rewarding to have created a platform that is facilitating its expansion.

“We pride ourselves on building close relationships with clients and getting under the skin of their requirements. We’re proud of our reputation for providing innovative software and this latest partnership with a global tech leader is testament to the strength of our bespoke software solutions.”

In August 2018, Audacia doubled its workspace by moving into a 4,000 sq ft office on The Calls in Leeds.

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