Stories by Randal Jackson, Computerworld

Axon wins 1,500-seat deal at PGG Wrightson

PGG Wrightson has awarded a three-year contract for desktop technology procurement, imaging and support for its 1500-seat network to Axon following an RFP. Axon will provide an end-to-end supply chain that includes lifecycle management, enhanced warranty and post-warranty support, and guaranteed service levels for users.

Gen-i addresses customer performance warning

Gen-i is denying rumours it is laying off staff, but confirms it received a warning from one major customer for non-performance. Computerworld has been told as many as 50 staff are going from Telecom NZ's IT services unit, a number strongly denied by the company.

Unisys moves Kapiti jobs to Wellington

A shortage of skills in the Kapiti region has led Unisys to move 20 of its service desk roles to Wellington. Managing director Brett Hodgson says that, in the short term, the move will cost the company more but that it had to be done so Unisys could ramp up rapidly to meet service needs in expected growth areas.

Certus buy creates IBM powerhouse

Certus is buying UtilityAP to create New Zealand’s largest specialist IBM software and service partner, with 50 staff throughout the country. The combined company will operate under the Certus organisational structure though the 18 UtilityAP staff will continue trading as UtilityAP while the two companies amalgamate and organise their regional presence.

Solnet boosts revenue 15%

Solnet’s revenue for the year to the end of June increased more than 15% to $23 million. The company does not announce after-tax figures but managing director Mark Botherway says profit increased in line with revenue growth.

Vadacom, Brash Technology merge

Open source PBX provider Vadacom has merged with Brash Technology. Vadacom was established in 2005 to sell the US-developed Asterisk PBX-based system in New Zealand, VadaXchange. Brash was operating as deVOX, as an importer of voice mail systems, for the past six years.