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Enterprise Management Consulting win major European contract to celebrate official opening in the Western Isles

Press Release - 2002-11-18

by EMC

Enterprise Management Consulting win major European contract to celebrate official opening in the Western Isles

London and South Dell (18/11/02) Enterprise Management Consulting, the UK's leading Open Source software development company, have marked the official opening of its new premises in Lewis today (Monday) with the announcement of a major contract with the European Union.

Western Isles MSP, Mr Alasdair Morrison carried out the opening ceremony to formally launch The Linux Centre as the company revealed it had won a secure networking contract from the European Medicinal Evaluation Agency (EMEA) - the European Union's pharmaceutical regulatory body.

The contract is for the design, installation and ongoing support to securely network over 3,000 companies across all the European Union's member states. The European Medicinal Evaluation Agency (EMEA) are now set to make cost savings of up to 90 per cent - around 750,000 - by implementing an Open Source software solution rather than using proprietary software solution.

Designed entirely around Open Source technologies, the new network is one of the largest and, potentially, most significant wide scale deployments of Open Source in Europe to date.

The news was a double celebration for Enterprise Management Consulting - the UK's leading Linux support company - whose expansion at South Dell will provide the company with a dedicated software development and customer support centre and create up to 20 jobs over the next three to five years.

Speaking at the opening ceremony today (Monday) Malcolm Macsween, managing director of Enterprise Management Consulting, said: "Open Source is the quiet revolution, and potentially we have the opportunity to make the Islands one of the UK hubs. Linux and other Open Source software has now come of age, with both the European Union and the UK Government advocating its use as a viable alternative to big name offerings. Without the hefty burden of per seat based license fees, businesses and government are now seeing Open Source seriously improve their bottom line. In short, Open Source equals major cost savings.

"Against this background, the Western Isles are ideally placed to take advantage of the software development and support opportunities that will inevitably gather pace from the adoption of Open Source by business and the gamut of public sector and government organisations."

The Linux Centre - advance office accommodation created by Western Isles Enterprise - was crucial in helping to win Enterprise Management Consulting's support and software development project.

Chief executive at WIE, Donnie Macaulay said: "This is great news for the Western Isles. As a direct result of having the building and facilities already in place we have been able to attract new, high quality jobs to Lewis. EMC is a company with a good reputation and we fully expect to see the business expand further in the future bringing much needed jobs to the Ness area.

"Growing businesses and making global connections are priorities for WIE and the arrival of this type of business to Lewis is proof that location need not be a barrier to success on a global playing field but can actually be beneficial with reduced overheads and improved quality of life." Donnie Morrison of Work Global, which played a pivotal role in securing the Enterprise Management Consulting project for the Islands, said The Linux Centre has the ability to service customers across not only the UK, but the whole of Europe. He commented: "Work Global see this office opening in Ness as a major milestone in achieving our strategy for creating ICT jobs in the rural parts of the Western Isles. Our recently announced plans to bring broadband to villages throughout the islands is a major commitment to achieving even more jobs in this expanding sector of the local economy. "We recognise that there is a big opportunity out there and we wishes them every success and look forward to working with them as and when they announce new contracts to complement those from the EC organisation being announced by the company today."