Further continuing its rapid growth, Akari has set its sights firmly on the enterprise market with the assimilation of technology company Cloudtrace and the appointment of two Scottish leading entrepreneurs to their board.
Akari Solutions, a new player to the Scottish technology market has seen massive growth in the last five months since its inception in April 2019.
Starting out as an idea on a train between three Scottish female tech entrepreneurs to bring accessible and inclusive technology to the marketplace, Since April Akari has seen the company grow by 530% in terms of new employees, it has become a Microsoft Gold Platform and Gold Productivity partner and has now brought its first leading accessible product to market – Akari Translation Studio, an AI platform built on Microsoft Azure to help react to situational disabilities of English as a Second Language (ESL).
They have now also built an upskilling programme for Scottish youths in partnership with QA Scotland and are talking to the Welsh Government about utilizing their accessible translation technology across the breadth of that country.
With this and the recent win of some very large Scottish contracts including Renfrewshire Council and McCurrach, Akari has now decided to further accelerate their growth, aiming to add another twenty full-time employees by the end of 2019. To facilitate and support this growth, they have recently assimilated Cloudtrace, a boutique Scottish SMB with expertise in AI, Security, and Microsoft Azure and have appointed two Scottish serial entrepreneurs to their board – Keith Inch, who will be coming on board as Chairman and Rod Stuart, who will be joining as Director of Strategy.
This move will allow Akari to plan and prepare for the growth they see coming this year. With another accessibility solution in testing and about to hit the market [AVA – A virtual assistant built on Microsoft Teams and created for both the workplace and education market to assist with issues ranging from Anxiety, Autism, Mental wellbeing, visual impairment and motor difficulties] and several more key clients coming on board, the company felt it was vital to ensure that they plan out the right strategy to ensure that the growth and success does not impact their company mission and upcoming goals.
As Kimberley Totten, COO states “We have already seen incredible growth since our launch, this presses home the need, and the market readiness, for a technology organisation focused on accessibility, inclusivity, and people-focused change management. As we grow, we don’t lose sight of the core values that have shaped the company culture, I am keen to ensure we are continually innovating, and our infrastructure is robust and capable of flexing for future growth.”
Tom Cox, Akari’s new CTO and previously MD of Cloudtrace feels that this move brings the best of technology coupled with the best in change and customer success.
“Cloudtrace already established delivery capability across the Microsoft 365 and Azure stack of technologies. We realised that with Akari’s strong focus on technology and change, the joining of the two companies would be beneficial. We now feel that Akari have a strong offering across technical delivery, change management and accessible IP that truly brings the full power of the Microsoft Cloud to customers”
Keith Inch, an integral part of the Scottish technology community had the following to say. “Akari has seen phenomenal growth this year since its launch in April. Having worked with the founding team in a previous business and knowing how well they understand the IT landscape I was excited and honored to be asked to come on board as their chairman.
“Their experience in cutting edge technical deployment coupled with a strong change management practice makes them unique in the market. As a pure-play Microsoft partner and a company with an ethos that truly puts accessibility and innovation at the core of everything they do, they really are a small powerhouse and one to watch over the next few years.
“As their new Chairman I will help them drive forward, as a serial entrepreneur with years of experience in the technology industry I have a unique understanding of the pitfalls small businesses can face as they grow and I will be helping guide and mentor them to ensure that they can focus on the day to day growth and running of the business. With a focus on helping them grow and develop their own unique IP built around the core Microsoft product stack, I will be working with our new director of strategy, Rod Stuart, to take a bird’s eye view of the business and help them become a leading technology partner in the UK.”
Rod Stuart continued “I’m excited to come on board as Director of Strategy for Akari to support and develop short, medium and long-term plans in a highly competitive sector. I’ll be collaborating with the other stakeholders to deliver success in line with the company vision and energy, as well as overseeing commercial targets and operations.”
Speaking about the move Akari’s CEO Margaret Totten feels that this was exactly what was needed to take the company from a small player with a big punch to a leading partner in the UK around change and accessibility.
“We have seen the market change and shift over the last ten years. Cloud is now the market leader in every quadrant and confidence in the cloud is unquestionable. The question is no longer ‘Why should we move to the cloud?’ but more ‘How can we do it right?’ – this is where change comes in and it is why the inclusivity piece is so important. We now can ensure that organizations investing in cloud technology can see true value ROI. From ensuring that change is employee focused and driven and that the organisation is fully utilizing the accessibility of technology.”
Having already launched, developed and sold a successful cloud company that went from a managed helpdesk to a leading Modern Workplace and Azure partner, the team at Akari are looking to replicate that again and are firmly looking at the future and have some exciting plans for the next year including sponsoring the Future Decoded (Microsoft’s flagship UK event in London this year), and feels that the UK is truly ready for the changes that accessible technology can bring and how they can benefit an organisation.
About the company – Akari is a group of individuals passionate about technology and how it shapes the world. A mixture of business minds, tech geeks and change evangelists, we spend our days working to ensure that every advancement in technology can be used to help change how you work, specialising in delivering Change Management & customised IP applications around the core Microsoft products, creating inclusivity by design and supporting every employee as an individual.
At Akari, we strive to inspire change with inventive and creative technologies to further enable people’s experiences. A strong Multi Gold Microsoft Partner with a people-centric approach, we are experiencing rapid growth and are passionate in delivering campaigns on corporate social responsibility.