SCCS breaks into Canberra

SCCS breaks into Canberra

Melbourne-based integrator looks to provide managed services, consulting and application development solutions

Victoria-based integrator, Southern Cross Computer Systems (SCCS), has opened a Canberra office to take advantage of integration and application development work in the public sector.

SCCS managing director, Mark Kalmus, said it appointed Joel Dawson to head up the new branch from its Melbourne headquarters, supported by four staff on the ground. Before joining SCCS, Wilson ran the Group 8 Federal Government for Volante. Other employees working to build the new business in Canberra will be ex-Department of Defence staffer, Stuart Edwards.

Rather than concentrate on traditional infrastructure business, Kalmus said it devised a three-prong, niche strategy for the nation’s capital: Managed services, its consulting practice, and applications development. SCCS recently gained its ISO 27001 accreditation across information security management. SCCS’ consulting general manager, Ashutosh Kapse, and principal consultant, Scott Heyhorn, are both certified by British Standards Institute as ISO 27001 lead auditors.

“ISO27001 is fast gaining momentum and is being implemented as the information security standard and framework in both commercial and government sectors. Southern Cross is well placed to be able to provide a range of services in this area,” Kalmus said. “Our consulting team has many man-years of real world experience in helping organisations assess, strategise, plan, implement, guide, advice and Audit ISO 27001 and its implementation.”

SCCS also launched a new applications development practice in January to provide solutions around the SQL and .NET platforms. Kalmus said applications development work had already brought in $1 million and was rapidly expanding.

“We have always believed the time to invest is when others aren’t seeing an opportunity,” he said. “You have to move quickly in this industry, so we tend to get the right people first, then work out our overall strategy on top of that.”

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