Bill Padfield, vice president of Equant Integration Services, talks to Philip Sim.
How does the integration business fit into the overall Equant/Sita picture?
The Equant model is to provide end-to-end services for multinational companies.
While Equant Network Services provides a comprehensive portfolio of data and voice solutions, Equant Integration Services takes the world's largest network to the desktop, where the division provides the LAN, server and client part of the total solution in over 50 countries.
What are your company's key strengths?
Equant can not only be a supplier of the corporate WAN solution, but also extend the WAN to the LAN, providing clients with a reliable and consistent infrastructure to support their mission-critical applications.
Our focus is dedicated to provide services in a global, multinational, multicultural environment.
What services do you offer?
Our services cover the full range of integration services from local support through to remote management of desktops and servers to technology consulting and project management.
What are the biggest opportunities for your company in the future?
We feel strongly positioned to address application migration to Web usage, the use of a secure network and skills available to the browser-enabled client.
With increasing movement into the Internet world, security expertise and solutions will grow in demand.
What are the biggest threats to your company in the future?
Boutique players, telcos moving into value-added services, and computer manufacturers such as IBM, DEC and Unisys, who are reinventing themselves as integrators.
What is your attitude to partnering with other integrators?
High-end integrators such as Andersens, EDS, Perot Systems and CSC would be ideal partners as they are much more interested and competent at the central "glass house" systems and would benefit from network expertise from Equant.
Equant Integration Services
Local Base: Sydney
Offices: Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, PerthPeople: 64Founded: 1998