Movers and shakers: Peter Jameson, Jim Swanson, Louis Sylvester and Elizabeth Holden

Peter Jameson is now senior technical project manager at Somerset County Council in the United Kingdom.

He will manage the upgrade and migration of the Somerset traffic council systems to a new data centre. Prior to this, Jameson was senior project manager at NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport.

Jim Swanson is now director at PwC New Zealand, leaving his Watercare CIO role after nearly four years.

Louis Sylvester has been appointed in a newly created role as Business Improvement Lean Specialist working as part of the Transformation Team for the Auckland Council.

He joins the Auckland Council on August 25, after 11 years with the Rotorua District Council as Aquatic and Leisure Manager. Sylvester is a Kaizen practitioner and says he aims to bring with him “a strong focus and passion for creating ultimate customer value, people engagement and continuous business improvement” to his new role.

Elizabeth Holden has been appointed to the new role of Gartner head of executive programs for Australia and New Zealand.

Holden has been working as an IT leader for the past 22 years, across private and public sector organisations. She has led complex IT organisations in the telecommunications industry, and as director of information technology systems for the US Marine Corps.

Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media Research merge, creating the world’s largest telecoms industry research firm.

Steve Hotham, former managing director of Ovum, is now CEO of the combined company. He has a new management team consisting of senior directors from the two analyst firms:Ian Charlesworth,Managing Director – IT Research; Tim Jennings, Chief Research Officer, IT; Martin Hill, Managing Director – Telecoms, Media Entertainment Research; and Mark Newman, Chief Research Officer, Telecoms, Media Entertainment.

“This merger combines two highly complementary businesses that together now provide our customers with superior and comprehensive research, data, and consulting services globally to meet the increased strategic challenges of the converging technology market,” says Hotham. We do not believe any other analyst firm provides such inclusive coverage of the IT, Telecoms and Media markets as Ovum.”

John Ruthven is now chief operating officer for SAP Australia and New Zealand. Ruthven joined SAP in January as the regional lead for cloud and line of business solutions across the SAP Asia Pacific and Japan. Ruthven has been working in IT for more than 20 years. His previous roles senior vice president of international sales at Zuora and general manager of emerging markets at CA Technologies.

David Balazsy is promoted to vice president of Asia Pacific for mobile security company Good Technology. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Asia-Pacific at such an exciting time when mobility is front of mind for almost every organisation,” says Balazsy who has also worked at CA and Marqui. Good Technology’s customers include Bank of New Zealand, Bank of Queensland, Bupa, Corrs Chambers Westgarth the Department of Environment, CUA, and Slater Gordon.

Next: Call for Kiwi hi-tech firms to participate in Market Measures study

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New Zealand hi-tech firms look for growth secrets

New Zealand technology companies are invited to participate in the annual Market Measures study that benchmarks New Zealand technology sales and marketing activities.

“Market Measures is an established benchmark of what it takes to grow as a Kiwi tech exporter,” says Owen Scott, managing director of Concentrate, developers of the survey along with fellow technology marketing specialists Swaytech.

Last year, 346 New Zealand technology companies completed the survey, a 25 per cent increase on 2012.

By taking the time to complete the survey we can strengthen the accuracy of the results which ultimately adds to the value of the report for tech companies nationwide. Bob Pinchin, Swaytech

“We’d love to see participation increase even more in 2014,” says Bob Pinchin, director, Swaytech. “By taking the time to complete the survey we can strengthen the accuracy of the results which ultimately adds to the value of the report for tech companies nationwide.”

Ingram Micro raises $15,000 for Cure Kids

Ingram Micro recently held a very successful quiz night and raised $15,000 for Cure Kids.

Former All Black great Stu Wilson hosted the quiz night, which saw representatives from some of the world’s top technology brands pitted against each other in a battle for bragging rights. Fifteen teams put their knowledge to the test in an entertaining evening, which saw teams from computer giant HP take out first and second place in a hotly competitive final round.

HP team celebrating their victory.

Tracey Button, Ingram Micro’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee member, says the initial goal was to raise $9000 from table sales for what will now be an annual event. “On top of these sales, we were inundated by people wanting to buy raffle tickets and buy answers to the quiz questions, which we had no idea would be so popular. We were having money thrown at us which was just incredible."

Button says spur-of-the-moment challenges included an attendee offering a $100 donation for a shoe shine from Ingram Micro New Zealand managing director, Gary Bigwood.

Gary Bigwood, Ingram Micro NZ managing director, gives Andrew Lamb’s shoes a good shine.

This is the first year Ingram Micro has aligned itself with a chosen charity. At the start of the year, staff were asked to nominate a charity they would like to support, and more than 60 per cent chose Cure Kids.

The technology distributor is planning a charity golf day in November, and says it is on its way to exceed its goal to raise $20,000 for charity before the yearend.

Next: NZ’s first equity crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect kicks off

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NZ’s first equity crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect goes live today, with an initial offering of a chance to take ownership stake at Renaissance Brewing. The craft brewery is seeking $600,000 to $700,000 new funding to expand its Marlborough operations and marketing programs to support global growth.

Snowball Effect co-founder Simeon Burnett says more than 200 companies have contacted the online platform about raising capital and the team is actively working with 14 businesses to bring them to market in the coming months.

“Equity crowdfunding represents a paradigm shift in the way SMEs access funding for growth,” says Burnett in a statement. “And it also changes the market for investors by broadening and simplifying investment opportunities in New Zealand.”

ANZ celebrates diversity

Antonia Watson, ANZ bank chief financial officer and and Patron of the NZ chapter of the ANZ Pride Network; with Michael Stevens, program director of Rainbow Tick.

ANZ Bank has signed up to Rainbow Tick programme, committing to formal benchmarks around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) participation in the workplace.

The Rainbow Tick is New Zealand's first diversity certification program. It tests whether a workplace values and welcomes sexual and gender diversity and the LGBTI community through auditing, focus groups, training and action plans.

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