A former business line manager at Queensland integrator, Ordyss, has jumped the fence and taken on a role with Dimension Data.
Michael Cooke, who had been with Ordyss for two-and-a-half years, will now head up the national integrator's application integration practice in Queensland. His appointment is part of an ongoing push to build up DiData's capabilities in that space.
DiData's national business manager, Peter Menadue, said Cooke's experience in the IT services industry, as well as his business and team management skills, were a great asset for the applications integration team. Prior to joining Ordyss, Cooke spent four years with Queensland integrator, NetOptions.
"Michael has lots of experience with our key partner, Microsoft: He has worked for a gold partner as well as a number of other companies that have dealt with the vendor," Menadue said. "We have a great relationship with Microsoft, but recognise there's a lot more we can do in managing and positioning that."
Cooke is one of many staff recruited into DiData's applications team this year. In March, the company hired two practice managers in NSW and Queensland. Menadue said it had set aggressive growth targets and strategies over the coming year and was on the hunt for more people.
He said DiData was seeing renewed customer interest in collaboration tools, which tied into the unified communications arena.
"Customers are showing a real interest in how these technologies can be a factor in their business and not just a term," he said. "I think we are at the edge of how people apply that to get some real results.
"There's also a lot of demand for solutions in the content management space and related areas like data management, search and social networking."
An Ordyss representative it had not yet found a replacement. Most of Cooke's workload is being managed by general manager, managed services, Marcel Lal.