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Press Release
10 November 2009
London, UK

Icon Solutions brings a new level of payments, integration and application development skills to the IT services market

New company delivers business know-how and technical expertise

Icon Solutions Limited was established early in 2009 as the result of a management buy-out (MBO) by former members of the management team of the integration services business at IBM Premier Partner, Strategic Thought Plc. Therefore, the team at Icon has been delivering business critical systems, through application development and systems integration for over ten years. With renewed investment, focus and clear direction Icon is set to bring a new level of integration and development skills to the IT services market.

Icon’s founding directors are Tom Kelleher - Commercial Director, Darren Capehorn - Director of Banking Practice and Ben Hallifax - Operations Director. The founding directors were joined by all the architects, senior consultants and developers who were part of the services team at Strategic Thought. The company has already strengthened its position by attracting new technical talent in all areas.

The Icon team has extensive experience delivering solutions in some of the most demanding business environments for example complex payment systems in retail banking, custody operations in investment banking and trade processing in global interdealer brokers.

Leading the Banking Practice is Darren Capehorn with 20 years experience of working in the banking sector, of which the last ten years were spent architecting complex payments systems at Lloyds Banking Group. Darren explained, “Payments in the banking world have to be 100% correct. In the business of money transmissions there is no margin for error. Icon business analysts and solution architects work with customers to deliver the right solution in the right time frame and guess what – at the right price. Icon’s experience and pedigree is second to none in areas such as, Faster Payments and SEPA (Single Euro Payment Area) implementations.”

The strength of Icon’s technical skills within the financial sector holds true in other industries as well. Customers include several major retail organisations as well as government bodies. Operations Director at Icon, Ben Hallifax commented, “Icon specialises in areas that cannot be easily outsourced and where the dependencies of close interaction and disparate operations is required. At the core of our philosophy is the belief that the key to a good IT solution, whether it be in integration or application development is to get the basics right. If the requirements are well defined and the project is run by project managers with the right experience then the solution will be a success.”

In addition Icon has a portfolio of software products, services and repeatable solutions which save time and budget for customers. The products include Active Integrator, a high speed interface between WebSphere MQ, flat files and FTP sites and an Integration Toolkit including an automated WebSphere MQ monitoring tool, and remote maintenance and configuration tool for MQ.

Icon has also established strong partnerships with Ivar Jacobson International, industry leaders in process improvement and leading technology provider IBM. Icon is an IBM Advanced Business Partner.

Tom Kelleher, commercial director at Icon concluded, “Icon is in an ideal position to combine business know-how and technical expertise to the benefit of customers. We are proud that our customers view us as an independent advisor focussed on delivering what is right for them. We aim to operate at a level within an organisation to guide decision makers to address challenges to achieve real business benefits, Icon is focussed on ensuring certainty of delivery, minimising costs and delivering re-useable applications. Icon believes in being open and upfront and operates with flexibility in mind for the benefit of all.”


Notes to Editors
Icon Solutions Limited is an IBM Advantage Business Partner. Icon provides IT services in three main areas:

• Integration within the financial services sector, specifically around money transmissions
• Generic system integration
• Bespoke application development

Icon combines business know-how with exemplary technical skills in terms of business analysis, high level architecture and design, development and experienced project management. Customers and assignments include: delivery of faster payments at Lloyds TSB Bank, an automated tax-operation solution at Citigroup and bespoke web-based risk management solutions for Network Rail and the US Coastguard.

Originally the services division of IBM Premier Business Partner Strategic Thought Group plc (STG), Icon was formed when STG divested itself of its non-risk business in early 2009. The team at Icon has over 10 years experience of delivering complex integration projects. Icon has skilled solution architects, developers, test managers and all the roles essential to creating the right solution for client requirements. Icon’s technical consultants are all employees of the company which in itself is committed to training and knowledge transfer.

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Mary Phillips/Andreina West
PR Artistry Limited
T: 01491 639500

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