Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend most time with. I don’t know for sure if that’s true, but if there’s even a smidgeon of that in the world of business, it’s essential you surround yourself with the right companies, customers, partners, and people.
A highly-respected Director in a company I worked for about 10 years ago said the best piece of advice he ever heard was to “surround yourself with people that were better than you.” This was by no means a statement lacking in personal confidence, it was instead a nod to the fact that we can’t be all things to all men, and trusting colleagues and specialists to do a particular job better than we could is sometimes the hardest, yet most important thing to do. Essentially, build a great team of experts in their own fields,and trust each other to pull in the right direction.
At i3 Digital for example, we are CMS, web, and app experts. It’s what we love and the industry we passionately immerse ourselves within. We took the business decision many years ago not to develop a proprietary CMS, but instead to work extremely closely with a global CMS platform, namely Kentico.
To put our relationship into context, Kentico has well over 1000 global partner agencies, amongst which i3 Digital sits in the Top 10 partners anywhere on the planet, and are one of only two partners across the globe with all six Kentico competencies achieved. These include full certification in Kentico Marketing skills, Intranets, Hosting capabilities, Microsoft Azure, E-Commerce and Kentico Integration. Speaking of integration, we were delighted to win the globally contested “Website of the Year for Integration” in 2014 for our work with the National Lottery of Ireland.
We proudly sit within the top 3 UK partners, top 5 globally, and number 1 on the island of Ireland. It was actually i3 Digital that brought Kentico to Ireland in 2008, and we now have 14 Kentico developers in-house, with over 125 Kentico website deployments.
As for i3 Digital as a business, we operate across 4 key territories with offices in Belfast, Boston, Dublin and London. We’re globally recognized for our focus on continuous development and quality, and have for many years carried international quality standards including ISO 9001, ISO 9241, ISO 27001 and ISO 14001. We also carry full Counter Terrorist Certification (CTC), guaranteeing clients truly safe, secure and protected solutions.
So, we genuinely feel that we ourselves aren’t too bad to have around, but we’re also surrounding our business in the “good company” that we and our clients deserve!