Data#3 set to double WA team

Data#3 set to double WA team

ASX-listed integrator expands in mining state as business improves

ASX-listed integrator, Data#3 (ASX:DTL), has claimed consumer demand in Western Australia has significantly increased and it will expand its operations there.

“Since opening in 2007 our team in Western Australia has seen outstanding growth year on year,” Data#3 general manager, Laurence Baynham, said. “The demand for our software licensing expertise has outstripped our expectations and… we see even greater opportunity for growth in Western Australia across other areas of our business.”

Data#3 benefited from the collapse of Commander after it acquired the fallen rival’s entire Perth-based Microsoft Large Account Reseller licensing team.

According to Baynham, the team had organically grown from the core of ex-Commander staff and was now ready to double its size.

He said the integrator had signed a new lease on a premise along with signage rights.

“We believe that the time is right from an economic perspective and also from a Data#3 perspective to make the next step,” he said. “We only have a handful of people.”

The move comes despite the Federal Government’s plans to bring in a 40 per cent Super Profits mining tax, which the resources industry has claimed would severely reduce business.

Baynham said Data#3 was taking a wait and see approach on the issue.

“I think it’s got some way to play out and seeing how as there’s some political positioning on it we are not factoring any increase or decrease [of taxes or business] into our plans,” he said. “I think it’s too early to tell whether ICT spending will go up or down as a result.”

Earlier this year, the integrator reported strong growth with revenue from ordinary activities up 33 per cent for the half-year to December 31, 2009, to $306.7 million.

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