Melbourne-based IT infrastructure provider, Netsolutions, has expanded its headcount on the back of a successful financial year.
It has appointed Steve Tester as its senior consultant and Tas Dionisakos as its senior engineer. The company claims it has doubled its Juniper Networks revenue in the first six months of 2010 compared to 2009.
Both new appointments will report to general manager, Erin Harte.
Tester will be tasked with providing senior consultancy to customers, helping them to integrate their business and technology functions. Dionisakos will focus on growing the Netsolutions Linux support offering.
Prior to joining the company, Tester worked as an independent consultant, helping companies improve operational performance through developing and implementing training programs and procedures.
He has more than 15 years consulting experience and has held a number of senior roles at PMP Print.
Dionisakos previously worked for Goldman Sachs, where he was Linux lead engineer.
Netsolutions managing director, Theo Dimopoulos, said the biggest challenge was finding the right quality engineers.
“There are a lot of engineers that have certifications and probably adept enough with their qualifications, but can they make the cut here?” Dimopoulos said. “There’s engineers that are suitably certified but they aren’t qualified enough to work on our clients and some of the deployments that we’re doing.”
Netsolutions was looking to add about six staff to the business within the engineering space, he said.
“It’s not about putting on staff for the sake of it, we’ve always been strategic with our relationships with vendors and we’ve got to find the best of the best,” Dimopoulos said.
The company has also invested over $1 million in a new research and development centre in Melbourne. In December, Bob Jones was hired as its NSW state manager.