Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:33 pm
Just a few months after moving to the fourth floor at 2156 S. 4th St. in Milwaukee, CCI Corp. is preparing to move again, this time to another part of the building.
The company first moved to the building in mid-February, occupying about 800 square feet of space and relocating from the attic in president and chief executive officer Chris Carter’s Hales Corners home.
At that time, CCI had five employees. The firm has added another employee since, and more hiring is planned later this year.
Carter said he has made arrangements to hire one additional employee already and is in negotiations with two more potential employees. CCI should be up to 10 employees in the Milwaukee office by August, when the company will move to space on the third floor of the building, Carter said.
CCI has more than 50 total employees, counting private contractors and staff, in other cities.
The company will occupy about 1,800 square feet of space on the third floor of the Milwaukee building, and it has an option to lease another 1,600 square feet on the same floor for potential future expansions.
CCI offers training, consultation, operation of help desks and computer security for companies that use SAP (systems applications products), a suite of software that links different departments within companies together, creating inter-connectivity.
The growth in SAP products globally and a redesign of CCI’s Web site (www.ccisap.com) has resulted in more business for the company, making it necessary to hire more employees and move to a bigger space.
"SAP just grew 11 percent in the first quarter," Carter said. "That fueled them to 58 percent of the ERP (enterprise resource planning) market on SAP. And they don’t have enough people in their family to support that growth, for training and support. Our reputation is stellar in that area, and they’re looking to us to assist them."
CCI has recently been hired by Almatis, a specialty chemical manufacturer, to train that company’s workforce on SAP around the world.
Carter and several workers recently completed a two-week trip to China and Japan, where they trained Almatis workers there on SAP applications. Almatis was switching from Oracle-based software to SAP, and CCI was brought in to help with the transition.
After completing the work in Asia, Carter said the firm may be contracted to do more training in the Netherlands for Almatis.
The new contracts and additional hiring planned for later this year are putting CCI on track to meet his goal of $20 million in revenue by the end of 2006, Carter said. CCI was started in August 2002 and grew to $7.6 million in revenues for 2004, more than triple its revenues for 2003.
"With the way the SAP market is now, and how we market and the portfolio of marketing we have, for us to be at $20 million by the end of next year is completely attainable," Carter said.
CCI’s clients include several national firms such as Hershey, Nike, Pioneer and IGT, a slot machine manufacturer. CCI has branch offices in Cleveland, Atlanta, Denver and Philadelphia.
May 13, 2005, Small Business Times, Milwaukee, WI