MS shifts local services director
Microsoft Australia has announced that Kevin Ackhurst will trade in his position as director of the local Microsoft Services division to be appointed director of public sector. The move comes within days of the departure of its worldwide director of services, Michael Sinneck. Microsoft Australia is currently interviewing for the position left vacant as a result of Ackhurst’s move and an announcement is expected this month. Ackhurst brings considerable experience to the public sector sales role from his work in the services division. Microsoft Services, in conjunction with channel partners, has implemented solutions for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR).
PA wins global Epicor award
IT Services company, Professional Advantage, has been awarded Global Channel Partner of the Year by enterprise software vendor, Epicor. The award was presented at the vendor’s Perspectives conference in Las Vegas. It was judged on revenue and the level of implementation success achieved by partners. General manager of the Epicor division at Professional Advantage, Craig Charlton, said the services company had more than 40 staff certified in Epicor products. Charlton was cautiously optimistic on the impact of Epicor’s planned merger with Scala. He said he was reassured that the vendor’s stock would continue to trade under the Epicor brand and that most of the vendor’s board would be Epicor executives. “I understand their rationale — Epicor has a good presence in places like the US, UK and Australia. Scala has a good presence in continental Europe and Asia,” he said.