Datacom targets trans-Tasman Govt business with new-look executive line-up

Datacom targets trans-Tasman Govt business with new-look executive line-up

Reshuffle targets both Wellington and ACT markets

Datacom has unveiled a new-look line-up of senior executives, as the technology provider expands government reach across New Zealand and Australia.

Targeting both Wellington and ACT markets, the system integrator is building out an A/NZ Federal Government Practice to drive new business on both sides of the Tasman.

Specifically, Steve Swallow, a Wellington-based Datacom veteran of eight years, has been promoted to the new position of associate director of sales for the A/NZ Federal Government Practice, covering both Wellington and ACT.

“Steve’s appointment to the new role demonstrates the continued investment by Datacom in our rapidly growing ACT and Federal market,” Datacom A/NZ Federal Government Practice director Mark Muru said.

“Steve will remain based in Wellington and will focus on growing our successful Government business both in Wellington and ACT.”

As a result, Swallow’s former role overseeing sales for Wellington has been filled by Mike Bullock, former national sales manager for Fujitsu New Zealand.

As reported by Reseller News, Bullock will start his new role on 30 October, leaving after more than five years with the global system integrator, where he was responsible for defining and driving the market strategy of the business across the country, with a key focus on government and enterprise.

“We’re also delighted to welcome Mike Bullock, who will be joining us at the end of October,” Muru added. “Mike brings a wealth of experience from his time with Fujitsu and Gen-I and we’re looking forward to having his sales skills within Datacom.”

The reshuffle comes after an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot project carried out by Datacom for IP Australia in partnership with Nuance Communications won international recognition.

As reported by ARN, IP Australia’s chatbot, Alex, was one of the projects to come away with top honours at the Fourth Annual Intelligent Assistant Awards in San Francisco on 18 September.

Alex is Nuance Communications' virtual assistant, and was deployed by Datacom, which also helped IP Australia to design the conversation strategy, website and web-chat integration, alongside the core content that underpins Alex’s answers.

As outlined by Opus Research lead analyst, Dan Miller, Datacom’s deployment distinguished itself by demonstrating how a virtual agent can support the broader digital transformation initiatives of an IP-related government agency. Opus Research is the company behind the Annual Intelligent Assistant Awards.

According to Datacom, Alex was the first integrated intelligent assistant and web-chat digital experience to be integrated in an Australian Government agency.

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