Business solutions provider, IQ Business Group, has taken the wrappers of its MicrosoftSolutions Practice.
The new practice is aimed at aiding financial service firms such as superannuation organisations with their Microsoft technology implementations.
IQ Australia CEO, Graham Sammells, said it had been in Australia for 10 years now and at various times has done project implementations using Microsoft technology.
“There’s still some untapped potential in Microsoft software. I came to the conclusion it was a good complementary practice for our business,” Sammells said. “The other key initiative is the move towards cloud computing and Microsoft’s online services made it an appealing avenue as well for our customers.”
Sammells said the practice should make up a significant portion of its business over the next three years.
“We’ve delivered about a handful of projects so far in a mix of off/on shore delivery models,” he said.
It has already signed up its first Microsoft Sharepoint project with the Australian Government Employees Superannuation Trust (AGEST).
IQ has also received Microsoft Gold partner status across competencies such as networking infrastructure, information worker and business intelligence arenas.
To gain Microsoft Gold partner status, Sammells said it required technical certification, customer references and delivery competency.
IQ has about 80 staff in Australia and is looking to hire business and systems analysts, project managers and technical consultants to help increase its delivery capability, Sammells said.
In addition to offices in Sydney and Melbourne, IQ is located in South Africa, US and the UK.