Max-SI split business units

Max-SI split business units

QAD reseller, Max-SI, has divided into two in order to give its business consulting practice a new level of distinction.

The Queensland-based company, which garners the majority of its sales from the manufacturing sector, had previously maintained programming and consulting services under one banner.

Last month, it formed a new organisation, Kettering Professional Services, to focus solely on its customer-facing consulting offering. This includes providing support for QAD's MFG/PRO products.

Kettering director, Rob Cheesman, said Max-SI would continue to provide application development and integration services for the same customers but as an independent business with its own management team.

The separation would allow the two businesses to focus on what they did best without having to report on the same balance sheet, he said.

"The two are quite different - the management had to be split, and the cash flow was so different it made it hard to run the businesses together," he said.

Despite the change, customers of both organisations would continue to be served through their existing relationships as staff had remained the same, Cheesman said.

Kettering would also provide the backend systems and billing services for Max-SI to minimise the administration overhead of both companies.

It would now look at boosting its consulting business with new customer wins, he said.

This would include branching out of its manufacturing vertical into other markets. It had also relocated to slightly smaller premises in Toowong, Queensland, as part of plans to give the organisation an individual image, Cheesman said.

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