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​Kiwi tech advisory firm instills fresh cloud mentality with triple local hire

“I’m hugely excited about the next evolution of The Instillery in 2016."
Mike Jenkins - Founder and CEO, The Instillery

Mike Jenkins - Founder and CEO, The Instillery

New Zealand owned and operated cloud advisory firm The Instillery has made a triple local hire, in response to strong business growth both at home and in the US.

Citing growing demand in 2016, the managed services provider has made three additions to its Parnell-based team, bringing on board Emma Krouglova, Matt Hare and Bram Horton.

“I’m hugely excited about the next evolution of The Instillery in 2016,” says Mike Jenkins, founder and CEO, The Instillery.

“We’re focused on ensuring that we meet our critical business targets by scaling up the current operation through this expansion and new partnerships to service the rapid demand we are experiencing both here in New Zealand and the US, as well as continuing to deliver an amazing customer experience to our existing client base.”

Jenkins says Krouglova joins The Instillery in the newly created role of World-Wide Business Development Executive.

Following four years at fellow Kiwi business Vend, Krouglova will lead the company’s global sales team, working closely with Jenkins, Brenna Townshend - Marketing & PR manager and Michael Hoole - Cloud Activations Team Leader) on new business prospects in both New Zealand and the US.

Meanwhile, Hare joins the team as Principal Cloud & DevOps Consultant, bolstering the consulting practice of the company in the process.

“It’s a massive opportunity for our existing crew to learn from the best,” Jenkins adds. “Matt brings unparalleled experience and knowledge gained from working in cloud, development and DevOps with a large range of enterprises, digital agencies and Software-as-a-Service providers, both in New Zealand and in the UK.”

Finally, Horton joins the team as Cloud Services Architect, drawing on his experience in in-house app development and the application of DevOps.

Most recently a DevOps engineer at Spark Digital, Jenkins says Horton brings more than five years of experience in design and administering Linux systems to The Instillery.

“Bram is highly experienced in in-house app development and the application of DevOps,” he adds.

“He brings with him a huge amount of passion and a laser focus on automating the build and operation of our clients’ cloud infrastructure for scalable business applications, while driving continuous improvement and deployment methodologies.”

Following the recruitment drive, Jenkins also revealed that founding member Andy Cronin has left the company.

“It's with a tinge of sadness and a lot of pride that I announce Andy Cronin is moving on to the next chapter of his IT career,” Jenkins adds.

“Having been at The Instillery since day one post an outstanding career with IBM, Andy has committed two outstanding years to us but he’s ready for his next challenge, following his passion to return to the world of large enterprise as a CIO on the client side.”

Jenkins says Cronin’s last day as Director of Technology and Talent was January 31, but will remain on board in a consulting capacity through to the end of the financial year.