Melbourne-based IT services provider, Kloud Solutions, is on track to double its business this year focusing on helping customers adopt Cloud technologies, and has established a national managed services practice.
Steven Meyer Cohen has been brought on-board as its managed services practice manager and helped set up the business unit. Cohen previously spent 12 years working for Southern Cross Computer Systems.
"The thing that attracted me to Kloud was that their mission was very clear - it's assisting customers with the journey to the Cloud and these are the technologies we're playing with. I was also attracted to the technical skills sets internally," Cohen said. "In integration land, you become a jack of all trades, but a master of none, and from a managed services point of view that becomes quite difficult because to support such a broad-base technology set, can be overly challenging and you could end up having disgruntled customers."
Kloud also recently opened its fourth office in Brisbane, and also has a presence in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Kloud managing director, Nicki Bowers, the decision to open a Brisbane office was based on customer demand and the Queensland Government's focus on Cloud technologies.
"Our focus is on enterprise and Government, and we've got some good enterprise customers in Queensland. There's not that many people there that focus on what we do in the market," Bowers said. "We don't have the baggage that most SIs have with hardware, and having to move kit. We purely focus on helping customers move to the Cloud."
Kloud was established in 2010 and now has more than 70 staff.
"We're looking at doubling the business this year, and we're on track to do that. We make sure all of our staff have the right amount of time dedicated to training and progressing their careers within Kloud is important to us as well," Bowers said.
"We'll continue to focus on what we do today, which is communications and collaboration; applications development, identity and security; and infrastructure services."
Its key partner is Microsoft and it was recently awarded the 2013 Microsoft Asia Pacific Messaging Partner of the Year award. During the past two years, Kloud has transitioned more than 200,000 users to Office 365.
"Everything that Kloud does is focussed on helping our customers realise the value of Cloud computing and our Microsoft partnership is key to this strategy," she said.