IT services group, Red Rock Consulting, will extend its Oracle-based business into SQL Server support services.
Red Rock director, Jonathan Rubinsztein, said the company had been providing some support to customers around SQL Server for the past 18 months.
“We had some SQL capability around the Oracle database team,” he said. “We had a bunch of clients asking that as we supported Oracle, could we support SQL as well. That interest helped us to recognise the opportunities we’d have in the Microsoft support field.”
The decision to invest in SQL services was the catalyst for Red Rock’s recent acquisition of SQL Server consultancy group, Tony Bain Group (TBG).
Rubinsztein said TBG’s knowledge of SQL Server technology, along with the company’s existing client base, would help Red Rock become the largest provider of SQL Server support in A/NZ.
Customers for its SQL Server business would come from both existing and new customers utilising its Oracle support services, as well as pure Microsoft shops, he said.
“A lot of customers run heterogeneous environments,” Rubinsztein said. “There are opportunities for us in supporting them at the database level and moving to the SQL server market. So we are investing in both businesses.”
He said Red Rock would look to hire an additional 12 staff in the next nine months for its A/NZ SQL team, with 80 per cent of the team located in Australia. The company planned to have 18 staff dedicated to the SQL business by the end of 2005.
It would also look to acquire other consultancy and services companies if such opportunities arose, Rubinsztein said.
Red Rock Consulting, which predominantly provides Oracle support services, was acquired by IT services firm UXC in January.
Rubinsztein said the company had experienced strong growth in the past nine months.
He attributed a large proportion of this to increased service opportunities from UXC’s other subsidiaries.