Red Hat has signed its second Queensland partner, systems integrator MAX-SI, under plans to double partner levels nationally over the next 12 months.
An enterprise-targeted consultancy with clients around Australia and overseas, MAX-SI joins Astute Systems as Queensland partners in Red Hat's Ready program.
MAX-SI's main services are ERP (using software from QAD) and general systems integration on Linux platforms. The company has 15 full-time staff.
While Linux services only accounted for about 15 per cent of company revenue last year, MAX-SI principal, Duncan Unwin, said this was growing rapidly.
"There's a move among customers to use Linux for transactional systems," he said. "A lot are moving from SCO and HP 9000 platforms to Red Hat."
As part of joining Red Hat's partner program, MAX-SI has trained staff to Red Hat Certified Engineer level.
"The Red Hat Ready program is the equivalent to the Microsoft Gold program," Unwin said. "You must commit to a high level of competence. It's a very targeted program."
In addition to gaining training expertise, Unwin said the company would receive pre-sales support from Red Hat. MAX-SI has also hired a sales representative as part of Red Hat's business development guidelines.
MAX-SI and Astute Systems were currently joint-selling to the Queensland government, he said.
Red Hat will look to double its Australian partner levels over the next six to 12 months, according to a spokesperson. However, this recruitment would be very targeted, the spokesperson said.
The vendor currently has eight partners Australia-wide.