When we founded Datum in 2013, our vision was to provide a better alternative to the default scale colocation providers - a facility offering advanced performance efficiencies, superior resilience and security, and (importantly) exceptional service to provide real value to our clients. It’s true that the foundation of our offering is a secure, resilient location where clients can house their IT infrastructure and workloads, but the key differentiator is the support and partnership we offer our clients to facilitate the development of the bespoke, hybrid solutions they require. No one client is the same and their requirements are many and varied, and we embrace this … in fact, it’s what makes us tick.
Complex? We LOVE complex!
We raise our offering well beyond ‘colocation with a service wrapper’. Where we really shine is when dealing with complexity – getting our team involved in developing bespoke, flexible and scalable solutions that fulfil client needs. And that’s why we have been so successful as a platform for digital transformation, a process that requires an understanding of client needs, the development of bespoke solutions, accommodating specific client requirements, ensuring a smooth transition, and making this complex process as smooth and pain-free as possible (and, importantly, building in the flexibility for client installations to evolve over time rather than pegging out a pitch and stepping away).
What our clients say…
The bespoke nature of our offering means that client feedback is paramount – without this feedback we are unable to shape our offering to meet their needs. As part of this feedback process, we run an annual client survey, focusing in on some key elements that help us measure the quality of the service we offer, for example:
- the way we deal with client requests and issues;
- client perception of the range and scope of services we offer;
- our ability to meet required timescales.
Dealing with requests and issues
Things move fast for our clients and as the custodians of their business-critical IT and workloads it is vital that we respond quickly to their needs. We know that downtime is not an option, and our 100% uptime SLA guarantees that downtime won’t be an issue for our clients. Occasionally, however, other issues may arise, or clients may require changes to be made to their installation at short notice, and they rely on us to respond swiftly and efficiently. That’s why we are immensely pleased to receive glowing feedback on our response to requests and issues, something that has become more important than ever during the pandemic:
The account management team is excellent - always quick to respond and really helpful.
Range and scope of services
Whilst our service can be measured in terms of footprint and power, this is only part of the story. We overlay this with a whole range of additional services, often offered by our network of partners - as client requirements change, so does our range of service offerings. This means that our clients can be sure that they are part of wider ecosystem that can support them as they evolve.
When asked what improvements could be made to our range or level of services, one major client responded:
None - the service is A1.
Of course, we are very grateful for comments like these. That said, we don’t take them as licence to be lackadaisical – client requirements are constantly changing, so our partner network and scope of available services needs to evolve constantly too.
Meeting agreed timescales
Inordinate amounts of planning and scheduling are required (often amongst multiple service providers) to prevent service interruptions and delays, especially during migrations to our facility and during complex digital transformation processes. Setting realistic timescales and sticking to them is important, and over-promising is counterproductive, so we do all we can to stick to the deadlines we set; if there is slippage, we are clear about implications and offer workarounds to prevent disruption. We are pleased that the feedback we received about our timescales during our client survey was overwhelmingly positive:
Never been an issue. I know one of the team will always be available.
It is generally accepted that the first to come forward with comments are those who have negative feedback to give, so we are very pleased not to have received any overtly negative feedback during our client survey process. That’s not to say that clients haven’t made recommendations for making our service offering even better, and this is valuable feedback that we will take on board and act on accordingly. And so long we continue to receive reviews like this one from our clients, we can be sure that we are moving in the right direction:
The whole Datum team are, and have always been, fantastic. I feel we have a really good working relationship and it's a real pleasure to deal with them. The whole team are a great credit to the business.