Datacom unveils plan for NetOptions

Datacom unveils plan for NetOptions

NetOptions managing director, Richard McAlary, will take a step back from day-to-day operations under a new management structure introduced by parent company, Datacom.

CEO, Michael Browne, said McAlary was relinquishing hands-on financial responsibilities in order to take up a chairman's role.

"Richard wanted to step back as he becomes focused on the broader business," he said.

This would include concentrating on key relationships, business develop­ment and assisting with company structure to capitalise on services opportunities.

Datacom and NetOptions agreed to merge last month. The agreement saw NetOptions become a subsidiary of Datacom, with McAlary joining its executive board.

Datacom has also redeployed its senior manager, Clark Hobson, as a director at the NetOptions office in Queensland. He has five years' experience building up its NSW services business.

"It's not a major shift, but we're sorting out the structure to suit the services arena," Browne said.

Prior to the merger, NetOptions was predominantly involved with application development in the open source space, and boasted of good skills in design and deployment at a project level.

"We want to take this into operations support for new and existing environments," he said.

The company also planned to hire several new sales and marketing staff as well as architectural specialists for ongoing operations support.

Although unsure of recruitment figures in the short-term, Browne said it had set its sights on doubling NetOption's 50 staff in the next three years.

The changes would help Datacom compete with Australia's larger integrators like Kaz and Volante, he said.

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