- 22 November 2012 10:46
Aptus expands new identity and security management solutions and broadened cloud offerings across Australia
As of 1 November, Aptus acquired all intellectual property (IP) of the Australian IT company Directory Concepts, as well as a complement of 29 staff members. All IP belonging to the former company, which specialised in identity, security access and resource management, as well as its former staff members, have now been incorporated into Aptus International, which is not affiliated in any way to the former owners, board members or stakeholders of Directory Concepts.
At the same time, Aptus also acquired two Brisbane-based cloud businesses, Cloud Backup and The Cloud Guy (formerly Computer Whisperer) from owner Mr Stefan Floratos, who has been appointed ‘Business Development Manager: Cloud’ at Aptus. With his solid experience in backup solutions, IT consulting, cloud enablement, mobility, collaboration and business process management systems, Mr Floratos will drive new cloud operations, as well as continue to service his existing clients, who have now been moved over to Aptus.
“This heralds a fresh phase of expansion for Aptus in Australia,” says Mr Chris Spies, Chief Executive Officer of Aptus. “We are now able to add a suite of best-of-breed identity management and security solutions, as well as an array of proven, strategic cloud solutions to our growing portfolio of complementary cloud services. The rapid uptake of our cloud offerings is testament to the fact that businesses are now seeing the true value that lies in strategically migrating all business information processes to the cloud through a secure, governed journey.”
Aptus will leverage the 13 plus years’ experience held by Directory Concepts in identity, security, access and resource management in Australia and New Zealand. This translates to an even wider footprint for Aptus Australia which now, along with its established head office in Brisbane, includes national offices and staff in Canberra, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, as well as in Wellington, NZ.
Being a vendor agnostic company with a client-centric approach and highly personalised service delivery ethic, Aptus is pleased to count among its new staff members a pool of highly skilled professionals considered subject matter experts across the identity and security market’s major technologies. These technologies include Oracle Identity & Security, Microsoft, Novell (NetIQ), IBM, Quest, SailPoint and Frontier Software.
Identity and access management is now recognised as a formal technology discipline and is highly pertinent in our data-driven world. Aptus’s new identity and security solutions ensure that within any business the right people have the right access to information at the right times, for the right reasons – from any device.
Through the creation of standard, real-time cycles of complete identities, access and administration analysis and reporting systems, formerly manual process can easily be automated. Aside from cost and resource-savings, this ensures transparency, accountability and adherence to corporate governance.
Chief Information Officer at Aptus, Mr Graeme McKellar, notes: “According to an IDC cloud services forecast, cloud is experiencing a five-year annual growth rate of 26 percent, which is six times that of traditional IT offerings. The cloud computing industry has proven an incredibly strong growth area even during times of recession, due to various factors - including minimal capital outlay, lower ongoing maintenance and other long-term saving benefits. The decision to broaden Aptus’s cloud offerings and expand across Australia is part of our strategic move to strengthen our position as a global leader in high-quality, secure and scalable cloud provisioning.”
About Aptus International Services Established in 1999, Aptus International Services is an innovative ICT solutions provider leading the global business migration to the cloud. With its head office in Brisbane and infrastructure encompassing 14 offices and over 1,000 employees across three continents, Aptus leverages IT intelligence to streamline business processes and increase efficiency, productivity and profit for its clients. More info: www.aptus.net.au.
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