Fujitsu appoints James Veness as Head of Portfolio, Data Centres, for Oceania region

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Fujitsu has announced it has appointed James Veness as Head of Portfolio, Data Centres, for the Oceania region. In this role, James is responsible for fast-tracking the growth of Fujitsu’s data centres business and will be instrumental in the development of the go-to-market strategy, increasing brand awareness and driving divisional business initiatives to leverage Fujitsu’s recent investments in upgrading its data centre capability.

James has more than 20 years’ experience in the technology industry, with a focus on telecommunications, media, cloud services, and network infrastructure as well as data centres. His background as a chartered accountant ideally places him to lead high-performing teams, combining commercial acumen with deep knowledge of high-end technical infrastructure.

Previously, James was Vice President of Sales – Data Centres at Macquarie Telecom Group. Prior to that, he was the Group Executive – Sales and Marketing at Viatek. He spearheaded Viatek’s transformation, turning the business from loss-making to profitability within two years. James has also held various senior roles at organisations including Nextgen Group, AAPT, and British Telecom.

Clare Burden, Vice President of Portfolio and Alliances for Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said, “Data centres are a key strategic focus for growth for Fujitsu. James brings significant skills and experience to this role, including the ability to manage complex deals within the hyperscale and wholesale market. His customer-centric approach aligns perfectly with Fujitsu, and he has a deep knowledge of the data centre industry that will result in exceptional outcomes for customers in the region.”

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Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 130,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 3.9 trillion yen (US$35 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand
Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand is a leading service provider of business, information technology and communications solutions. We partner with our customers to consult, design, build, operate and support business solutions. From strategic consulting to application and infrastructure solutions and services, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand have earned a reputation as the single supplier of choice for leading corporate and government organisations. Fujitsu Australia Limited and Fujitsu New Zealand Limited are wholly owned subsidiaries of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702). See www.fujitsu.com/au.

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MessageXchange appoints two sales executives, bringing decades of digital supply chain expertise and knowledge

 

MessageXchange, a leader in business-to-business integration solutions such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and e-invoicing, has announced the appointment of two sales executives to its team. Girish Kotwal has been appointed the role of regional sales executive, and Amod Gholkar as account manager.

Girish and Amod both bring extensive knowledge and expertise on cloud services, value added network (VAN) solutions and EDI programs, and supply chain to MessageXchange. Their roles will focus on building connections with customers and working with them to find the best EDI solution for their business.

Girish has more than 30 years’ experience in leading largescale transformation and technical programs. He brings a vast knowledge of IT and business transformation for logistics, transport and retail sectors for business-to-business (B2B) integration. In his previous role as program manager at Woolworths, Girish delivered its EDI program to thousands of suppliers, vendor prepared cross dock, and transport visibility projects. He worked at Woolworths for more than 16 years, with his other roles including program manager for eBusiness and program manager for source to settle.

Girish Kotwal, regional sales executive, MessageXchange, said, “My passion is to connect businesses through message information exchange, and I look forward to using my knowledge and creativity to help customers simplify and streamline their supply chains, procurement processes, and business management. Having previously been a customer of MessageXchange, I knew that the people and culture were closely aligned with my values, which also played a part in my decision to join the team.”

Amod Gholkar was previously the eBusiness manager at Woolworths, where he spent more than 16 years in various roles including business analyst, operations manager for GS1net on-boarding and logistics analyst. He has expertise in the logistics and retail sectors, and business process improvement. Amod has previously managed B2B gateway upgrades, and the on-boarding and management of article masterdata synchronisation with Woolworths suppliers across Australia and New Zealand.

Amod Gholkar, account manager, MessageXchange, said, “MessageXchange is a clear leader within the EDI market, and from working with the business previously, it was obvious that the quality of services, team, and solutions would be an ideal environment to thrive in. I look forward to bringing my experience and passion to bear in helping MessageXchange’s customers improve their procurement and supply processes.”

John Delaney, managing director, MessageXchange, said, “MessageXchange is excited to welcome both Girish and Amod to the team. These accomplished professionals understand and are committed to the MessageXchange values and the high standard of products and services MessageXchange delivers to clients. Girish and Amod bring an array of valuable expertise to customers in various sectors, which will help ensure customers achieve a strong return on their investment in our integration solutions.”

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About MessageXchange

MessageXchange is an innovative Australian-based cloud B2B integration service provider. Our solution can streamline business operations and provide visibility and business insights.

Founded in 1996, MessageXchange today processes more than 300 million messages each year for customers such as Target, Harvey Norman, Costco Australia, The Good Guys and Telstra.

MessageXchange is the first Peppol Access Point service provider to be certified by the Australian and New Zealand Peppol authorities, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) respectively, for e-invoicing.

For more information, visit messagexchange.com.

Empired appoints Daragh Henchy as customer experience strategist (NSW) 

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Empired has rounded out its customer experience team with the appointment of Daragh Henchy as customer experience (CX) strategist for NSW.

In this role, Daragh will help customers transform and lead in customer experience, innovation and design thinking, positioning organisations to deliver the best possible experiences for their customers in the digital space.

Daragh has more than 19 years’ experience in CX, sales and consulting with organisations including Ernst & Young, Capgemini, The Customer Experience Company, Microsoft Consulting and IMS Health. Daragh has local and international experience having lived and worked in Singapore, France, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and Australia. He has been led more than 40 projects relating to the design of CX and development and rollout of business and culture transformations and digital solutions.

Kevin Miller, head of digital and experience design, Empired, said, “Daragh will make a huge impact in NSW, and nationally, working with the CX team to drive opportunities and outcomes for Empired’s customers. Daragh’s appointment rounds out Empired’s CX team, with the recent additions of Darren Stahlhut as national technical director and Rob Weaver as a customer experience and digital strategist and strengthens its position in CX to accommodate strong growth.”

Daragh Henchy, Strategist – NSW, Empired, said, “I am delighted to be part of the CX team at Empired. I am passionate in innovation, design thinking and customer experience, and importantly the people aspects of that journey. I look forward to helping Empired’s clients innovate and evolve their customer experience efforts.”

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About Empired 
Empired Limited is a digital transformation consultancy who offer a broad range of capabilities that enable our customers to succeed on their customer experience and digital transformation journey. We deliver enterprise digital and IT solutions that improve customer engagement, efficiency, productivity and competitive advantage for our clients.

Our clients are medium to large corporate and government organisations within key industries including speciality retail, manufacturing, energy and natural resources, state and federal government, finance and insurance, utilities, and transport.

We offer a broad range of services from customer experience, digital advisory, managed services to digital transformation. Together they provide a breadth of service and expertise not seen in other consultancies of similar pedigree allowing Empired to deliver ‘end to-end’ digital and business solutions that assist our customers in driving their key business outcomes.

With a team of over 1,000 people located throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America, Empired has built a reputation for service excellence. This, combined with our strategy that is underpinned by initiative, innovation and growth, ensures that, in a dynamic and rapidly growing technology marketplace, Empired is strongly positioned to capture market share and continue to build on its success.

Fujitsu appoints Sandra Tuohy as state manager, Western Australia/Northern Territory

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Fujitsu has announced the appointment of Sandra Tuohy as state manager for Western Australia and Northern Territory. In this role, Sandra is responsible for mentoring and leading the sales and service management team across WA and NT, and working with customers to deliver the best results according to their needs.

Sandra is a highly-respected sales leader and industry executive with almost 20 years of experience within the information technology and telecommunications sectors. She has held a number of leadership positions, most recently as marketing and alliances director at Thomas Duryea Logicalis, where Sandra was responsible for significant year-on-year growth in professional services, building out the sales teams in Sydney and Melbourne, and strengthening channel relationships.

Conway Kosi, vice president sales and customer service management, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said, “With a new leader in WA and NT who is empowered to make a difference, Fujitsu anticipates that customers across the region will benefit significantly from Sandra’s return to WA.

“Sandra is highly regarded for her ability to mentor and inspire large sales teams by leading from the front, and prides herself on her ability to establish and maintain genuine customer relationships. This is important as Fujitsu continues to work closely with customers in a co-creation approach to solve their business challenges.”

Sandra Tuohy, state manager, WA/NT, Fujitsu Australia, said, “I’m excited to join Fujitsu to help to grow our business with customers throughout WA and NT, and I’m pleased to be back in WA. Fujitsu’s co-creation philosophy aligns closely with my own values around collaboration, so I’m looking forward to achieving excellent outcomes for Fujitsu’s customers in the region.”

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Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 132,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.0 trillion yen (US $36 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com

About Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand
Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand is a leading service provider of business, information technology and communications solutions. We partner with our customers to consult, design, build, operate and support business solutions. From strategic consulting to application and infrastructure solutions and services, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand have earned a reputation as the single supplier of choice for leading corporate and government organisations. Fujitsu Australia Limited and Fujitsu New Zealand Limited are wholly owned subsidiaries of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702). See www.fujitsu.com/au.

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Empired expands rapidly in customer experience with new hires and partnerships 

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Empired hires Episerver MVP Darren Stahlhut as national technical director and secures Episerver platinum partnership 

Empired has expanded its customer experience team and cemented its position as a leading Episerver partner in the Asia Pacific marketplace with the appointment of Darren Stahlhut as the national technical director in the digital and experience design team. Empired has also been recognised as the only platinum-level Episerver partner in Asia Pacific.

Darren Stahlhut is one of three Episerver Most Valued Professionals (MVPs) in Australia. The MVP designation is bestowed on Episerver experts who contribute significantly to the Episerver community by providing extensive assistance, inspiration and information to other Episerver users. They must have a strategic as well as a development approach, and they must set a strong example in terms of being open, courteous and professional.

Episerver MVPs benefit from being part of an online community where they can ask questions, exchange ideas and provide direct feedback to the Episerver product teams. They receive exclusive information regarding upcoming product launches and exceptional insight into how the product works.

Kevin Miller, head of digital and experience design, Empired, said, “Empired is continuing to strengthen its position in the customer experience space. With four out of five Episerver specialisations, Empired is highly experienced and recognised across the Episerver stack. This expertise was recognised in March 2020 with three awards from Episerver, including overall partner of the year in Asia Pacific.

“Empired is excited to bring Darren Stahlhut on board as an Episerver MVP. As national technical director, Darren will be the technical subject matter expert and evangelist for Empired clients and will work closely with local teams to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients by leveraging the power of the Episerver platform.”

Darren Stahlhut, national technical director, digital and experience design, Empired, said, “I’m passionate about helping clients understand what technology can achieve for them. This means staying close to the vendor and knowing the platform intimately. Episerver is a joy for developers to work with and I was attracted to work with Empired because of its strong reputation as an Episerver partner. I was also excited about the opportunity to work with clients on complex projects with numerous moving parts. I’m looking forward to helping drive amazing results for Empired’s customer and digital experiences team.”

Darren Stahlhut is the second new hire for Empired in the digital and experience design team, with the company on the lookout for a third strategic hire. In late 2019, Empired appointed Rob Weaver, one of Australia’s leading customer experience experts, as a customer experience and digital strategist. As an organisation, Empired is passionate about reimagining customer and digital experiences. Its strong growth in this area is testament to Empired’s ongoing commitment to build the customer experience offering. This is also reflected in Empired’s new platinum-level partnership with Episerver.

To earn its designation as an Episerver platinum partner, Empired completed a thorough certification process including completing Episerver education training, employing a significant amount of Episerver certified developers and completing four Episerver specialisations. The distinction indicates that Empired is a qualified, value-add seller of Episerver Customer-Centric Digital Experience Platform.

Dominic Citino, VP of worldwide partnerships, Episerver, said, “With a network of over 900 partner companies in 30 countries, Episerver seeks to connect with qualified partners whose firms possesses a wealth of experience, team members with a creative outlook, global reach, and a collective eye toward future opportunities to ensure mutual customers are successful in the short and long term. Both  Empired and Episerver are experiencing incredible growth by helping customers get closer to their customer, grow their brand and uncover new revenue opportunities. Empired is accelerating the pace at which businesses are able to provide customer-centric digital experiences and its platinum-level status is a testament to that.”

Kevin Miller said, “Customer experience has emerged as a key battleground for organisations regardless of sector. Delivering and maintaining strong customer experiences in the digital forum will continue to be crucial for organisations both now and in the future. With the right technology platforms in place, businesses will be able to drive their online presence and realise strong gains. Empired is gearing up to help clients take a leading position in customer experience. These new hires are just the beginning.”

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About Empired 
Empired Limited is a digital transformation consultancy who offer a broad range of capabilities that enable our customers to succeed on their customer experience and digital transformation journey. We deliver enterprise digital and IT solutions that improve customer engagement, efficiency, productivity and competitive advantage for our clients.

Our clients are medium to large corporate and government organisations within key industries including Speciality Retail, Manufacturing, Energy and Natural Resources, State and Federal Government, Finance and insurance, Utilities and Transport.

We offer a broad range of services from customer experience, digital advisory, managed services to digital transformation. Together they provide a breadth of service and expertise not seen in other consultancies of similar pedigree allowing Empired to deliver ‘end to-end’ digital and business solutions that assist our customers in driving their key business outcomes.

With a team of over 1,000 people located throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America, Empired has built a reputation for service excellence. This combined with our strategy that is underpinned by initiative, innovation and growth ensures that in a dynamic and rapidly growing technology marketplace Empired is strongly positioned to capture market share and continue to build on its success.

Epicor Software Corporation announces hire of new chief marketing officer

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Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced the hiring of a new chief marketing officer, Paul Stoddart. In his new role, Stoddart is responsible for overseeing Epicor’s global marketing strategy, including corporate marketing, field marketing, and teleprospecting.

“With the addition of a seasoned leader like Paul to our talented global management team, we are confident that Epicor is ready for its next step,” said Epicor CEO, Steve Murphy. “Paul brings a perfect mix of organisational leadership, client service experience and digital expertise that we’re looking for to significantly increase the effectiveness of our sales efforts, partnerships and channels.”

Stoddart brings more than two decades of marketing experience leading global technology organisations. In his most recent role as vice president and partner at IBM, he enabled clients to navigate the shift in business models to adapt to changing consumer attitudes, behaviours, and preferences. Previously, he served as vice president of marketing at Providence Health & Services where he spearheaded brand strategy and architecture. Before Providence Health & Services, Stoddart was senior director, head of advertising and media, strategic and competitive projects at Microsoft where he led the transformation of the company’s approach to competitive and strategic positioning.

“I am thrilled to join Epicor’s leadership team, and am even more excited about the continuous innovations the company is bringing to thousands of cloud and on-premises customers around the world. I look forward to making contributions towards fuelled growth for Epicor and our customers globally,” said Stoddart.

About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software Corporation drives business growth. We provide flexible, industry-specific software designed to fit the precise needs of our manufacturing, distribution, retail, and service industry customers. More than 45 years of experience with our customers’ unique business processes and operational requirements are built into every solution in the cloud or on premises. With this deep understanding of your industry, Epicor solutions dramatically improve performance and profitability while easing complexity so you can focus on growth. For more information, connect with Epicor or visit www.epicor.com.

Epicor and the Epicor logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epicor Software Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation.

Calix-led consortium executes final project agreements for “LEILAC-2” CO2 capture facility

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Calix, the multi-award-winning Australian technology company, has announced that final project agreements have been executed for the scale-up of its Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement (LEILAC) technology for capturing unavoidable CO2 process emissions during the production of lime and cement. Calix has also appointed Emma Bowring, project management executive, to lead LEILAC-2.

The LEILAC-2 demonstration plant will be a four-fold scale-up of the LEILAC-1 pilot plant, currently undergoing operational testing at HeidelbergCement’s Lixhe cement production facility in Belgium. Early results from the pilot have proven the technology concept, and work continues on the gradual increase in operational throughputs, temperatures and durability testing in a test program that will run until the end of 2020.

All intellectual property, both existing and developed as part of LEILAC-2, associated with Calix’s core direct CO2 separation technology, will continue to be owned by Calix.

LEILAC-2 will be officially launched on April 7, 2020 and will run to the end of 2025. It will involve the design, construction and operational testing of a 100kTpa CO2 capture facility at a working cement plant in Europe. The LEILAC-2 consortium consists of industrial partners such as HeidelbergCement, Cimpor, Engie, IKN and Lhoist, universities, research institutes and various statutory organisations, and will be led by Calix, co-ordinated through its Calix-Europe subsidiary in France.

More CO2 is emitted from cement production than any other industry. Many countries, regions, and companies are now pledging net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, increasing the need to accelerate the deployment of CO2 mitigation technologies such as LEILAC. In May 2019, HeidelbergCement also committed to net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, the first cement company to do so.

Jan Theulen, director alternative resources, HeidelbergCement, said, “As we need techno-economical improvements in carbon capture technologies to enable the path towards carbon neutrality by 2050, which we as HeidelbergCement are committed to, projects such as LEILAC are mandatory to make this happen. Therefore, we are keen to take our part of the responsibility in the LEILAC consortium to bring LEILAC-2 to a success.”

Phil Hodgson, CEO, Calix, said, “The last two years have seen CO2 emissions move from a vague potential liability into a significant real liability as CO2 mitigation moves from a nice-to-have to a must-have business strategy and the owners and stakeholders of businesses demand appropriate risk management of CO2 by those businesses.”

Calix’s commercialisation strategy for its LEILAC technology involves proof of demonstration at the LEILAC-2 scale by 2025, after which licence or royalty arrangements will be sought from those wishing to use the technology, delivered via engineering and technology partners. If fully proven at demonstration scale, LEILAC should have significant cost and operating advantages over competing technologies such as amine CO2 capture (currently being proven at similar scale to LEILAC-1) and oxyfuel (has not yet been piloted).
The LEILAC-2 key objectives are:

• Construction of a demonstration plant that will aim to capture around 20 per cent of a full-scale cement plant’s process CO2 emissions (100,000 TPA of CO2), equivalent to 100 per cent of a large lime kiln’s process emissions, for minimal energy penalty other than compressing the CO2.

• Successful demonstration of up to a four-times scale-up of the technology for around twice the capital cost of the LEILAC-1 facility, confirming cost-efficient CO2 capture for the lime and cement industries.

• Prove the effective retrofit and full integration of the technology into a cement plant’s operations.

• Demonstrate the efficiency and stability of the complete cement-kiln process and high-quality clinker output when integrating Calix’s CO2 separation technology.

• Showcase a modular, replicable, retrofit design for accelerated commercial deployment that delivers flexible scalability for varying operation size and configurations, agility to adopt the technology and decrease emissions progressively, and a broad range of options for captured CO2 utilisation and sequestration. These factors can eliminate the need for large capital expenditure and significant asset write-downs.

• Demonstrate the operation of direct separation kilns for lime and cement using renewable sources of energy such biomass and renewable sources of electricity, bringing the running of the plant to net zero CO2 emissions and enabling a move away from high carbon-emitting gas or coal-fired plants.

• Enable lime and cement kiln processing plants with a cost-efficient solution to effectively use intermittent renewable energy sources, with rapid ramp up/down rates leveraging electricity and load balancing techniques for grid stability.

Calix has also appointed project management executive, Emma Bowring, to lead LEILAC-2 as part of the Calix executive management team.

Emma has 15 years’ experience in project management and business development with Sinclair Knight Merz/Jacobs Engineering Group, having worked across a number of industries including international development, infrastructure, oil and gas, health, justice and commercial sectors.

Phil Hodgson said, “Originally from Australia, Emma has lived and worked around Australia, the Pacific Islands, Asia, Russia and now the United Kingdom. Notably, as project manager, Emma successfully delivered a complex AUD50m engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) project involving construction and capacity building programss in the Solomon Islands. We look forward to seeing what she will bring to LEILAC-2.”

Emma Bowring said, “I love working on projects that make a difference and contribute socially and environmentally. This, combined with the challenge of managing remote teams and complex international projects, is what brought me to Calix.”

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About Calix
Calix is a team of dedicated people developing a unique, patented technology to provide industrial solutions that address global sustainability challenges.

The core technology is being used to develop more environmentally friendly solutions for advanced batteries, crop protection, aquaculture, wastewater, and carbon reduction.

Calix develops its technology via a global network of research and development collaborations, including governments, research institutes and universities, some of world’s largest companies, and a growing customer base and distributor network for its commercialised products and processes.

Because there’s only one Earth – Mars is for Quitters.

Empired and Intergen appoint Travis Barker to new Trans-Tasman leadership role as general manager market development – Data & AI

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Travis Barker has joined Empired and Intergen’s leadership team in the newly established Trans-Tasman role of general manager market development – Data & AI.

Simon Bright, COO, Empired and CEO Intergen, said, “We are delighted to welcome Travis to the team and add his immense skills and experience in Data & AI to our Trans-Tasman leadership group.

“As the spearhead for Empired and Intergen’s team of 60-plus Data & AI specialists across Australia and New Zealand, Travis’ appointment really changes the game for us in being able to engage strategically with and help our customers to make the most of the tremendous opportunities and competitive advantage that their data can unlock for them.

“As a leading Microsoft partner providing services to Australasian enterprises, everything Empired and Intergen does as a business with our end-to-end Microsoft capability lets our clients recognise the true value of their data, and we have been working with many organisations over a number of years on this ongoing journey. Travis’ role will ensure that we are constantly driving innovation and realising this immense strategic opportunity for our customers.”

Travis Barker said, “Intergen is unquestionably New Zealand’s leading Microsoft software solutions partner, so when the opportunity presented itself to help both Intergen and parent company, Empired, to develop and strengthen their Microsoft Data & AI market presence, I jumped at it.

“The newly created role of GM market development for Data & AI will help focus the Group’s efforts in driving innovation and shaping the future of business for our customers. Data & AI are integral differentiators in modern business, and, alongside Microsoft, we have the ability put the most advanced technologies and services within reach of every organisation – giving our customers the strategic advantage to succeed.

“I am truly excited to be joining such a talented team and look forward to helping cement our reputation and position as the undisputed leader in Microsoft Data & AI solutions.”

Prior to joining Intergen and Empired, Travis spent the past eleven years nurturing and growing New Zealand data and analytics consultancy, Stellar Consulting Group, growing it from a start-up into a leader in the Data and Analytics field. Before this, this Travis worked for HP Consulting, CapGemini NZ, and EY Consulting as a business intelligence developer/consultant.

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About Intergen Limited
Intergen Limited, a subsidiary of Empired Limited, is one of Australasia’s leading dedicated Microsoft solutions providers member of the Microsoft Partner Network, with staff delivering information technology solutions across New Zealand and North America.

Intergen is an IT services provider with a broad range of capabilities targeted at delivering enterprise IT solutions that improve efficiency, productivity and competitive advantage for our clients. This breadth of service allows the delivery of ‘end to-end’ business solutions that assist our customers in driving their key business outcomes.

About Empired
Empired Limited is an IT Services provider with a broad range of capabilities targeted at delivering enterprise IT solutions that improve efficiency, productivity and competitive advantage for our clients.

Our clients are medium to large corporate and government organisations within key industries including Energy and Natural Resources, State and Federal Government, Finance and insurance, Utilities and Transport.

We offer a broad range of services from managed services to digital transformation. Together they provide a breadth of service and expertise not seen in other consultancies of similar pedigree allowing Empired to deliver ‘end to-end’ business solutions that assist our customers in driving their key business outcomes.

With a team of over 1,000 people located throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America, Empired has built a reputation for service excellence. This combined with our strategy that is underpinned by initiative, innovation and growth ensures that in a dynamic and rapidly growing technology market place Empired is strongly positioned to capture market share and continue to build on its success.

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RSM Australia appoints Sam Mohammad as national head of indirect tax practice

RSM Australia (RSM), one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has announced the appointment of Sam Mohammad as national head of its indirect tax practice.

Based in Brisbane, Sam brings more than 16 years of experience in providing clients with practical and easy-to-understand advice about GST, payroll tax, stamp duty, and fuel tax credits, with a particular focus on the energy, government, infrastructure, mining, and property (both residential and commercial) sectors. He has also advised on and successfully obtained GST private rulings and duty exemption requests on a range of complex matters.

Sam is a current member of the Tax Institute’s Queensland state taxes sub-committee and has been a previous member of the Australian Taxation Office’s fuel tax liaison group. He is an admitted solicitor of the Supreme Court in Queensland and, prior to joining RSM, worked as a director at KPMG, specialising in indirect taxes.

Sam Mohammad, partner, RSM, said, “Queensland is an exciting place to be right now with a strong business outlook and lots of opportunities on the horizon. I’m looking forward to bringing my skills to bear to help RSM’s clients maximise these opportunities.”

Andy Graham, managing partner – Brisbane, RSM, said, “The Brisbane office of RSM has been growing steadily over the last 12 months and Sam Mohammad is the fourth partner we’ve appointed in that time. The Brisbane office has exceptional depth and expertise available to help Queensland clients position themselves for growth. Sam’s extensive experience at KPMG as well as his prior role as a policy officer at the Queensland state government means he’s ideally placed to provide strong business advice for local businesses.”

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About RSM Australia

RSM Australia is a full-service national accounting and advisory firm delivering expert corporate financial and advisory accounting services to clients across diverse industry sectors. Its one-firm structure means clients can more readily connect to its extensive national and international networks, expertise and industry experience. Nationally RSM has 31 offices, combined with over 95 years’ experience. Its network spans across 116 countries and comprises 750 offices.

Y Soft appoints Fairuz Hairi as solution consultant for Asia Pacific and Japan

Y Soft® Corporation, a leading enterprise office solution provider, has announced the appointment of Fairuz Hairi as solution consultant for Asia Pacific and Japan.

Fairuz’s primary responsibility is to assist Y Soft’s partners and their customers in scoping, designing and implementing best-of-breed solutions, while reducing IT infrastructure costs and enabling flexibility and scalability through cloud migration. Additionally, Fairuz will work closely with partners to deliver advanced training sessions and share his technical expertise.

Fairuz has more than 16 years’ experience in IT, primarily focusing on infrastructure solutions for server, storage and networks, and has experience with design and IT training. He has also worked in the cloud and cybersecurity market, focusing specifically on threat analysis and forensics. In Fairuz’s most recent role, he worked in the offensive security space assisting government intelligence, law enforcement agencies and the military in evidence collection, web intelligence (WEBINT) and open source intelligence (OSINT) tools.

Fairuz Hairi said, “I’m looking forward to using my extensive experience in IT infrastructure and security to grow Y Soft in the region and assist our channel partners grow their own businesses. From my industry experience, I will be helping businesses in the region become more knowledgeable in their IT solutions through insights, expertise and a customer-first approach.”

Andy Lau, regional sales manager, Singapore, said, “We are excited to welcome Fairuz into our growing Y Soft Asia Pacific and Japan team. With the continuing move to cloud deployments and the associated need to secure systems, Fairuz provides a level of knowledge in various IT sectors that will assist our partners throughout Asia Pacific in delivering real value to their clients.”

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 About Y Soft

Y Soft develops intelligent Digital Transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB, and Education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. Our YSoft SafeQ® workflow solutions platform enables businesses to manage, optimise and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our 3D print solutions are focused in the Education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilising YSoft SafeQ software for seamless 3D print management.

Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com.