New Zealand-based IBM software and services provider, Certus Solutions, has established an Australian presence.
Certus is an IBM Premier Business Partner providing enterprise asset management, content management and underlying infrastructure technology expertise. The company offers IBM software service and support across WebSphere, Information Management, Tivoli, Rational and Lotus.
General manager of enterprise asset management, Maarten Van der Zeyden, said Australia was a much bigger market that provided a range of large and small enterprises. It has opened offices in Melbourne and Sydney.
“It’s a bigger market, there’s a range of customers available and the way IBM has invested in product sets and solutions across those market places and its engagement with channel partners, is enabling us to do this as well,” he said.
Certus has hired Larry Davis to take up the role as business development and service delivery manager. He will be based in Sydney. Davis previously worked with IBM and its asset management software line, Maximo.
“He’s got a really good background in core enterprise asset management product and markets we’re working with,” Van der Zeyden said. Certus predominantly plays into the utilities, airports, healthcare and tertiary markets. Davis would focus on building long-term relationships with customers.
“While we’re growing, we’re still pretty small and we’ll use people skills in whatever market place. Where we’ve got deep technical skills in New Zealand, we can deploy that in Australia,” Van der Zeyden said. “In the last few weeks, we’re starting to see the pipeline of opportunities starting to build in both A/NZ.”