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Enabling takes on Aussie twang
Thu, 1st Mar 2007
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New Zealand professional services expert Enabling Technologies has merged with three Australian companies to form a new entity – Enabling Pty. Gary Taiaroa, Enabling CEO and founder, says all the companies went through a year-long courtship prior to the merger. “We all happened to be at the same software conference and started talking about capitalising on our collective experience and individual strengths. About three months ago we realised it was time to make it formal,” he says. Taiaroa continues to play a major part in the new business, as do the other three company founders. The new company has 90 staff and Taiaroa says the combined entity now has the critical mass to work on bigger, more complex business without compromising commitment to existing clients.“It would have been impossible to scale the New Zealand business up to this size. This isn’t the most conventional of business models but it’s one that works.” The company already has a foothold in Papua New Guinea and plans to expand further into Asia Pacific with its transportable business model. Enabling partners with software vendors such as Sage Accpac, Timberline and CRM, Microsoft Dynamics AX and NAV, Applix TM1 and Greentree. Graham Hill, Greentree channel manager, says he’s absolutely thrilled with the merger.“Enabling has been one of our premier business partners for a long time now and has forged a very successful relationship with us. Greentree is fully supportive of this move,” he says. While it could have been a daunting process to bring four companies together Taiaroa describes the experience as a lot of fun. “We use technology to create the culture, although we have had to introduce a number of new policies to our New Zealand staff. They now have to speak with an annoying twang and certainly drink a lot more beer than before.”