Tauranga-based company provides software for around 20 percent of New Zealand local governments.
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Jonathan Ladd was a customer of Datacom before becoming its group chief executive. On the way to moving from CIO to the vendor side, he worked briefly as an analyst.
New Zealand-headquartered IT services provider, Datacom, has extended its relationship with the Queensland Government through a new, three-year contract.
New Zealand-based Datacom has been selected as one of five initial panel providers for the Australian government’s datacentre work.
The panel will be in place for the next five years and will provide datacentre services to Australian Government FAM agencies, along with any other federal or state government organisations that wish to take advantage of the deal.
“Datacom was delighted to help with the implementation of the Australian Government's 2010-2025 Datacentre Strategy. As one of the largest Australasian IT services companies and with eight Datacentre in the region, Datacom is well positioned to deliver quality services to subscribers of this new panel. We have a very strong 45+ year history of providing mission critical services to our Clients in the BPO, Systems Management and Application development space. It is encouraging to have the endorsement of the Australian Government in this very critical Datacentre technology area,” says Lisa Thorburn, Datacom’s ACT director.
With over 1200 staff in Australia and 3500 in the region, Datacom has revenues in excess of AU$560 million. The company was founded in New Zealand in 1965 and established its presence in Australia in 1992.
“Our recent growth to more than 70 staff in Canberra has meant that Datacom will soon be moving to new, larger premises on Northbourne Avenue, enabling better support for our clients” adds Thorburn.
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has selected Datacom to deliver its outsourced IT services from April 2011.
The news comes as LINZ announces its appointment of Russell Turner of MetService, as its chief information officer starting in the New Year.
Former Axon CEO Scott Green is set to take up a new role as director of IT management at Datacom.
Green’s role, which is Auckland-based, begins on 1 December.
Datacom has ranked second in the sixth annual TIN (Technology Investment Network) 100 list of globally-focused technology companies and topped the a list of ten “Ones to Watch”.
Datacom director Jonathan Ladd has been appointed Datacom Group CEO following the recent sudden death of former CEO Michael Browne.
Ladd is based in Sydney and has been a director at Datacom for four years. The company says he worked closely with Browne on many aspects of the company's development.
Michael Browne, who was last month promoted to become Datacom's group chief executive, has died as the result of a heart attack.
The company confirms Browne, who was 46, died on Saturday.
Datacom has grown its year on year revenue and profit in ANZ and Asia for the year ended 31 March, with a 9.5 increase in operating revenue for the group and a 13.8 percent increase in net profit after tax. The increases brought revenue to $667 million and profit to $30.2 million.
The local business posted revenue of $295 million, a jump of 7.3 percent on last year, while Australia/Asia grew 11.4 percent to $372 million.
Datacom gets the 2010 PricewaterhouseCoopers Company of the Year Award at the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards.
The judges described Datacom as “a company which over many years had thought deeply and carefully about its business model and customers. Its size, consistent growth and very significant offshore presence put Datacom in a class of its own. It’s the largest New Zealand-owned company in the sector, and a revenue and profit machine.”
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