Solutionware consolidates, connects 60 national pharmacy outlets

Solutionware consolidates, connects 60 national pharmacy outlets

Systems integrator wraps up purchase of BMS, implements its most far reaching networking solution and asks – what downturn?

Melbourne-based systems integrator, Solutionware, will wrap up its purchase of network specialist, BMS, on the back of a large scale network implementation for a national pharmacy chain.

Solutionware designed, implemented and supports a D-Link integrated VPN network solution to securely connect 60 national outlets of the Nova Pharmacies / Priceline Group to the chain’s Melbourne head office.

The integrator will also close its purchase of BMS this week, which has brought Citrix-driven virtualisation solutions into its portfolio for clients, who include Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club and the Regent, Princess and Marriner theatres.

“So there are now 1000 or more staff swiping cards, clocking in and out at all the Priceline and Nova stores, and all that data gets transmitted on an hourly basis over all the VPN links with D-Link,” Solutionware director and general manager, Sebastian Giacone, said.

“This is one of the most far reaching [implementations] we’ve done. We do a lot of big things like this, but I would say in the past 18 months it’s been the biggest thing we’ve done.”

Giacone, who has been with the company for 10 years and is a 50 per cent owner, said business was progressing well for the integrator.

“We speak to a lot of other IT companies because we’re all part of the group. [They say] everything is slowing down dramatically, clients aren’t spending the money they used to and that they are winning one out of three deals instead of two out of three. So things are definitely slowing down around us,” he said.

“But just looking over our figures, we’ve had probably our best month in the last five years.”

Giacone said the final payment in the purchase of BMS would happen at the end of the week. The acquisition would boost Solutionware’s client base from 300 to 350 and add a pair of network administrators who specialise in Citrix driven virtualisation solutions.

“One is a full blown Citrix specialist and the other is halfway up the chain of studying all the courses, so in the last three months we’ve already started to implement Citrix projects into a lot of clients,” he said, adding that another buyout is planned before the end of 2009.

“We’re looking at buying another company with anywhere between 50-100 staff, and it looks like we will probably have to move premises so that will change everything again. But we’re definitely growing, there is no doubt about it.”

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