Macquarie Hosting Strengthens Sales and Operations Team

March 3, 2009
February 3, 2009 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Macquarie Hosting, a division of Macquarie Telecom, has “strengthened its sales and operations team”, it was reported recently. Despite the economic climate, the company has added twenty new staff to business development, project management, engineering support and network operations management positions at its Sydney, Australia offices. The most senior appointment to the new Macquarie Hosting team, Gerard Barwell, Sales Manager, Hosting will be responsible for running Macquarie Telecom’s second business sales team.

Macquarie Hosting’s hosting and data business contributed $81.2 million to Macquarie Telecom’s revenue in the last financial year (ending June 2008). The division “now accounts for more than one third of overall revenue for the business”. The company adding additional staff is a direct result of Macquarie Hosting’s growth. The new staff have previously worked for organizations such as WebCentral, Optus, Telstra and AT&T, and as a team, they will be responsible for “strengthening the company’s leadership in the critical application hosting market and will focus on hosting of new applications and web services”.

Macquarie Hosting has also formed a partnership with the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and is “drawing some appointees from the University’s Bachelor of IT course”. The University’s students will be trained as part of the company’s network operations centre team.

“Each of these appointments aligns directly with Macquarie Telecom’s business growth strategy,” explained the Managing Director, Hosting, Macquarie Telecom, Mr. Aidan Tudehope. “They come at an opportune time as we see increased demand from business and Government for managed services, managed security and solutions that help them reduce operating costs and streamline processes in the current economic climate.”

“Over the next twelve to eighteen months we expect to see another steep increase in the number of organizations either selectively outsourcing or moving their critical applications online,” continued Mr. Tudehope. “In 2008 we saw an increase greater than 30% of Australian businesses looking to outsource some aspects of their IT infrastructure and we expect 2009 to build on this. It continues to surprise me, particularly in the current uncertain economic climate, that organizations fail to estimate the true costs of managing their IT infrastructure in-house when assessing their IT management strategies.”

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