In a bid to take advantage of soon to be released Citrix portal product NFuse Elite and expand its application development offerings, gen-i has launched the Business Solutions Group.
The new division will focus on building office automation applications in four main areas using Citrix and Microsoft technologies, said John Bessey, general manager of gen-i Australia.
The application development division represents a strategic expansion for the integrator in the Australian market, which until now has focussed solely on server-based computing infrastructure, architecture and integration using the Citrix platform. The Business Solutions Group will also provide ongoing revenues for the integrator as Bessey expects customers to engage the division on a regular basis rather than for just one-off rollouts.
The former head of gen-i's Air New Zealand development group, Stephen Plank, has been appointed manager of the new division. Initially the Business Solutions Group will have a team of five staff, however gen-i believes this number will expand to more than 20 within 12 months.
Bessey said in order to take advantage of Citrix's NFuse Elite, slated for release at the end of June, gen-i had to have "a whole different set of skills". Gen-i expects to be one of 500 Citrix partners around the world to become a reseller for the thin-client vendor's new portal-based application deployment software.gen-i's Business Solutions Group The Group's four core offerings:
- Enterprise application development and integration - Based on the gen-i Unified Process methodology developed in New Zealand, Stephen Plank said gen-i takes a unique risk-based approach to project managing the development of a software application.
- Collaboration and Web services - Based on the principle that Web services are providing smaller companies with the same systems functionality as large multinationals at a fraction of the cost, Plank said all of gen-i's development work will be based on the Microsoft .Net platform.
- Business mobility - Plank said gen-i's work in this area will involve taking one piece of functionality from a company's systems and delivering it to any device in the field.
- Seamless workplace - Another product developed out of gen-i New Zealand, Seamless Workplace takes multiple business processes and reduces them to a single or fewer functions.