ASX-listed services provider, UXC (ASX:UXC), has invested in a purpose-built building in Canberra as part of plans to broaden its public sector business.
UXC Business Solutions Group managing director, Cris Nicolli, said the organisation had been performing well over the last 12-24 months in the Canberra market, winning a variety of agency contracts including deals with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Department of Defence.
"We went looking for a bigger location and a purpose-built building where we could bring all of the UXC team together," he said. "We felt that we were expanding and wanted to show Canberra we were developing our team."
UXC now has about 140 full-time staff in Canberra across its various business units including Getronics, Red Rock Consulting and Integ.
"This investment provides us with greater flexibility to do business with government and build the UXC brand in that market. It also enables us to have a secure area for Defence work to do pilot and testing," he said.
Key areas of growth for UXC included application support in core financial and HR systems, managed voice and network services and telecoms advisory work, Nicolli said.
"As people move towards VoIP and unified communications, there's increasing demand for application support. We're finding organisations are also upgrading their ERP and financial systems," he said.
Nicolli said there were no plans to scale up to compete directly against the likes of CSC or EDS for the 20,000+ managed desktop environment, and cited UXC's sweet spot as organisations with 2000-6000 seats. However, the company was improving its back-office management tools, reporting and ITIL skills through its Getronics and Integ brands to tackle bigger services opportunities with more confidence.
UXC will continue to ramp up its Canberra investment and look to hire more staff over the coming year, Nicolli said.