Dust settles after Symantec merger with Veritas

Dust settles after Symantec merger with Veritas

WITH Symantec’s acquisition of Veritas now signed and sealed it’s up to the regional team to bring the two companies together.

David Sykes, Symantec’s former senior director of enterprise sales Asia-Pacific, has taken on the role of vice president Pacific region and John Donovan is vice president channels for Asia-Pacific and Japan.

Other positions will be created and filled over the next year from within the company.

Sykes says the challenge now is to combine the knowledge and talent of his 500-strong staff across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

“I’ve been in a lot of meetings and so far I haven’t met a single individual working for us that doesn’t have a roaring commitment to this,” he says.

Symantec is now the fourth-largest independent software company and Sykes says it is uniquely positioned to drive convergence between security and availability.

“Information integrity is key and the first thing you’ll see us focus on is email integrity. The integration of Live Update will be absolutely strategic though it might be quite some time until we get to the really good stuff that really addresses the integrity component.”

For the moment the Veritas brand will remain intact, though Sykes says it’s hard to predict how the integration pro-cess will go in the future. Symantec is planning a common user interface, integrated support structure and product-to-product integration as well as common licensing.

Sykes says his company definitely wants to move towards partner-friendly processes, including a standardised buying programme, but warns that may be a longer-term goal.

“It’s up to us now to either stuff it up or make it work. It will take time for us to prove that we can do it but all the signs are positive.”

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