As ever, a busy week at Viastak Towers.  What drives us consistently is our belief in a nexus of people, buildings and technology.  When we can bring those often disparate elements together, in the most modern way possible, that is when we achieve success.  To that end, this week has seen Viastak building on its strong base of expertise – both in terms of technological appreciation and its relevance to the contemporary office.

Richard Odei-Gyamfi Appointed

We are delighted this week to confirm the appointment of Richard Odei-Gyamfi, who joins our infrastructure division as networks engineer.

With Viastak building continually on its past successes, fresh additional input is always invaluable.  Richard arrives with a decade of experience and several accreditations – including a number from Cisco – in the networks industry.  He began his career in technical support with supermarket giant Tesco, where he was also responsible for training other team members and communicating with clients.  Subsequently, he served in further network engineering and analysis roles at Excell Resources, ClientEnabled, Genesys Conferencing, InterCall and Claranet.

Richard will play a key role going forward in how our firm implements and administers network solutions with our clients.  We all bid Richard a warm welcome to Viastak, and wish him every success in his new post!

UK Construction Week

It was an early start for several of our staff this week, as we made the trip to Birmingham.  UK Construction Week took place from Tuesday through to Thursday, at the famous NEC venue.  With Viastak building solutions designed to draw the best from a business’ workspace, we consider it crucial to have an up-to-date appreciation of how construction is advancing.  Huge, diverse and visually striking, the show encompassed a range of construction industry disciplines.  These covered civil engineering, timber, surface materials and renewable energy – with a guest appearance from former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett on the latter!  Most importantly, the show devoted an entire area to one of our pet subject: the development of the smart building.

Smart mobile devices are already disrupting and improving the way workers operate on a day-to-day basis.  By interacting with the cloud, they have become an increasingly integral part of office activity.  That disruption of IT practice is now set to take the next step, with the “Internet of Things.”  This is a cloud-based network, through which fixed hardware and mobile devices can all interact with each other.  Moreover, these smart systems develop a virtual understanding of their users.  It is a revolutionary concept.

Much of the event’s focus centred around the running of a building itself.  How might smart devices automatically run the lighting, heating or security, for example?  What benefits might that bring, in terms of financial and operational efficiency.  Even more intriguing is the potential reform of everyday working patterns driven by technological advance.  Granting staff the ability to complete their duties in a flexible, mobile fashion is the cornerstone of office modernity.  This is particularly the case in enterprises with multiple offices, who require the ability to interact in real time with each other.

This was a fascinating event – one that we highly recommend – and it was great to get some external expert opinion on the imminent advances in workplace construction.  We firmly believe that smart buildings are the future of business.


That’s all from us this week.  Join us next Friday for Stakker Stories!