Dower leaves Harris Technology for Avanade

Dower leaves Harris Technology for Avanade

Coles subsidiary on the hunt for a new managing director to replace Craig Dower as he steps across to Microsoft consultancy firm, Avanade

Coles Group subsidiary, Harris Technology, is on the hunt for a new chief following Craig Dower's departure.

A spokesperson said Officeworks general manager of sales and operations, Alun Noll, was now overseeing the retailer with the help of senior management while it looked for a replacement.

Dower joined Harris Technology in January 2005 after long serving Coles staffer and Harris managing director, David Foster, resigned. Dower was previously the managing director of networking integrator, NetStar, and has 20 years experience in the IT industry. His resume also includes stints with Lucent Technologies, EDS Australia and Wang Laboratories.

He has now taken the top job at Microsoft enterprise consultancy partner, Avanade Australia, and replaces former managing director, Trevor Harper, who left some months ago. Dower said he had originally moved to Harris to assist the Coles Group to get the business back on track, which it had now achieved.

"With the Coles Group being sold, I started to think about what I wanted to do and getting back into the ICT and professional consulting space," he said. "The opportunity with Avanade came up which was what I was looking for. It's also a large enough company to be relevant, but small enough to make a difference."

Dower said his main aim was to build up the company's local customer base. He pointed to the rollout of new versions of Microsoft's software platforms including Windows Vista and Exchange 2007 as infrastructure replacement opportunities.

"Microsoft's business products are starting to align and there's a lot going on which relates to enterprises," he said. "We're seeing bigger scale projects with greater responsibility as tremendous opportunities.

"There's also a lot of activity in the CRM space and that can be across any industry or government sector. Enterprises are trying to get better access to existing CRM data by using a Microsoft front-end. The collaboration space is another big growth area."

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