Distribution Central is banking on two new business units and a widening services portfolio to continue its aggressive growth into next year.
Last week the distributor leapt to eighth position in the 2007 BRW Fast 100 list of Australia's fastest growing companies. Marketing director, Nick Verykios, said that since it began operating as Firewall Systems three years ago cumulative growth had reached 169 per cent and turnover had doubled to $29 million. Firewall Systems is now a business unit under the Distribution Central umbrella.
"It is nice to sit in that top 10 spot. We've been through growth before and it's exciting for us to get these accolades outside of the industry. People are seeing the things we are doing as a business," Verykios said. "It feels like we are doing something right in among the chaos of this industry - especially at the distribution level." Besides Firewall Systems, Distribution Central runs two other business units - NetWorld Systems and RED Education.
Verykios said two more were on the way. "We are just about to launch into storage and voice as well as a few other service businesses like annuity," he said.
The distributor had doubled staff numbers to 40 and will have 45 people onboard when the new business units launch, Verykios said. It had also opened regional offices in Perth and Auckland and shifted to a new logistics facility based in Artarmon, Sydney.
"We have an incredible team and our differentiator can only be our people," he said. "We're going to continue to employ the best quality people - they have to be exceptional and maverick."
Distribution Central will continue to develop new services and deal with leading technology vendors to maintain growth, Verykios said. Its services portfolio ranges from engineering through to business development and financial planning.
"We'll especially be looking to augmentation services to add to our maintenance, upgrades and high availability services," he said. "We can scale all these expensive things resellers can't do themselves so they can go to the table and get the deal."
Four other IT companies secured top 10 positions on BRW's Fast 100 list this year: Itcom Australia (second) Brennan Software Development (fifth), Tecoinabox (seventh) and Atlassian Software Systems (ninth).