Deloitte Australia has appointed former VCPro director, Richard Youssef, to join its cloud and infrastructure business.
Youssef joins the company after an eight years at the helm of technology solutions provider, VCPro, and his departure comes six months after he sold the business to Blue Central.
Youssef told ARN the decision to join the global systems integrator was an easy one.
“Deloitte is one of the largest consulting companies in the world and I had a small consulting firm and wanted to expand out,” Youssef said.
“This is a challenge for me to get back into dealing with enterprise customers as well as mid-market and government.
“Deloitte has a great brand and a great reputation, so it was a no-brainer,” he said.
As part of the role, Youssef will be tasked with advising Deloitte’s customer base on the strategy and implementation of cloud technologies.
“There is an existing customer base which Deloitte has previously done a lot of strategy and architecting for that is now coming back and asking for help implementing the technologies and navigating that journey,” he explained.
“The other part is the customer base where we have provided infrastructure solutions for data centre transformation and looking at their journey to the cloud and how to get there."
Youssef said he there would be two approaches, one with a top down mentality, from strategy to technological deployment, and another which will build on existing deployments.
He said there was considerable misunderstanding in the market amongst companies which currently use cloud applications but do not have a business strategy in place to take full advantage of the technology.
“A lot of the new applications like Salesforce and ServiceNow are inherently built in the cloud, and some clients using those are saying they already have a cloud strategy, but when you look into it, they actually don’t have a cloud strategy,” he explained.
“They don’t have single sign on, they don’t have authentication processes in place, so we have to transform the rest of the business applications, and it is different for each company," he said.
Youssef indicated that another of his immediate goals would be to educate the market of Deloitte’s capabilities.
“A lot of people don’t understand that Deloitte has capability in data centre implementation through storage, server, and network.
He said the company had a very strong brand around consulting, but educating the market that it can cover implementation as well would be important in the early part of his tenure with the firm.
Youssef said he would also be spending time with government agencies discussing cloud and data centre transformation.
“We have already started to talk to agencies about moving data centres into GovDC and managing those projects. Even just helping them lift and shift into GovDC without any transformation is a big challenge,” he added.
Meanwhile, fellow VCPro alumnus and former director of the company, Peter Ikladios, has found himself under the auspices of Nexon Asia Pacific, with the company for which he currently acts as managing director, Blue Central, acquired by Nexon Asia Pacific late last year.