03 Jul 2013

'Sprats' forge ahead in rough IT waters

Sydney Morning Herald – 2nd of July, 2013 Amidst a sea of high-tech gloom – retrenched technology professionals facing months on the bench and vendors including IBM and Dimension Data culling their local headcounts – a clutch of smaller players say the future has never looked brighter. Lower overheads, cheaper prices and niche offerings in areas of burgeoning demand have seen some small players double and treble in size, as their larger rivals languish. The founder of Melbourne business intelligence and information management consultancy Infoready, Tristan Sternson, says he’s having a very good year. It’s a similar story at Brennan IT where numbers are up 25 per cent in the past year, bringing the firm’s headcount to 250. Turnover for 2013 is expected to hit $70 million. Brennan founder David Stevens says he has vacancies for an additional 20 staff, courtesy of a surge in demand for cloud and managed services. Brennan had seen “very strong growth across product lines that are in the theme of keeping costs down and simplifying systems”, Stevens says. Read More