Alphawest takes on Optus staff

Alphawest takes on Optus staff

Alphawest will gain 170 staff from Optus' Integrated Business Systems (IBS) unit as part of its ongoing integration with the telco.

About 150 of them would help boost Alphawest's Technology Solutions and Managed Services divisions, Alphawest CEO, Garry Henley, said. The remainder would be spread across Alphawest's other business units.

The integrator was acquired by Optus in November.

Henley said the arrival of Optus staff gave it the ability to craft a single ICT business that could deliver most services to customers on its own. In cases where it needed to bring in additional experience it didn't have in-house - such as database skills - it would be turning to SingTel subsidiary, NCS.

"As a wholly-owned subsidiary we've been able to keep the flexibility to adapt and change quickly in the market," Henley said. "Optus is a big company and one of the challenges when you're acquired is that you can lose your identity. We still have the ability to be nimble despite also being able to leverage off Optus assets and people."

Staff increases have also brought a change in management and divisions. The company has made three new appointments to sit atop the three renamed divisions. These are general manager of Technology Solutions, Ian Smith; GM of business solutions, Stephen Wood; and GM of managed services, John Sanger.

Of the three, only Smith is a former IBS team member.

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