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IT industry veteran advises caution on outsourcing selection in light of Satyam problems

IT Industry veteran, David Merson, recommends Australian companies should satisfy themselves about the standards of corporate governance of the organisations from whom they commission outsourced IT services.
  • 09 January, 2009 21:45

<p>“Australian companies should not be dissuaded from seeking the staffing, operational and financial benefits of outsourcing but they should undertake due diligence to assure themselves of the governance and stability of their intended service providers,” Mr. Merson said.</p>
<p>He was commenting on the scandal about the $1.8 billion overstatement of profit that has enveloped Indian company Satyam which provides outsourcing services to a number of major Australian companies like Qantas, Coles, NAB and Suncorp.</p>
<p>Mr. Merson helped found Mincom, which was arguably the biggest Australian software company until its recent sale to US interests.</p>
<p>Under Mr. Merson’s leadership, Mincom was a joint venture partner in the establishment of the Bali company Mitrais which, with a workforce now of 300 staff, also provides software development services to Australian organisations.</p>
<p>Mr. Merson is now an advisor to the board of Mitrais.</p>
<p>“As a joint venture we set strong standards of corporate governance which are maintained to this day under its Australian management team,” Mr. Merson said.</p>
<p>“To establish and maintain excellent ongoing relationships with our clients, we don’t simply rely on a near shore location, common time zone and the technical and project management skills of our staff,” says Mitrais managing director David Magson.</p>
<p>“We encourage all our prospects to undertake due diligence and to assure themselves of the stability – financial and operational – of our company,” he said.</p>
<p>About Mitrais</p>
<p>Mitrais was established in 2000 to develop excellence in software development using Indonesia as a base of operations. Its objective is to be a leading near shore provider to Australian software developers and a major force in the Indonesia domestic market. Mitrais is a Microsoft Gold Certified developer, an Oracle Partner and has also certified products in SAP NetWeaver. In 2004 the company entered the health Industry, developing a proprietary hospital management information system which it sells globally. In 2007 it absorbed Mincom Indoservices to extend its operations into the sale and support of mining software (in particular from Mincom) in Indonesia. With offices in Bali, Jakarta and Singapore, Mitrais has more than 80 clients and employs more than 300 staff. For further information visit .</p>
<p>For further information please contact:
Mr. David Merson
Adviser to the Mitrais Board
Mobile 0412 257 573</p>
<p>Mr. David Magson
Bali Indonesia
Mobile: (62) 815 5800 1004</p>

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