28 April 2020

Optimation unveils new structure

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Friday April 24, 2020

New Zealand-owned Optimation Group, a leading Application Outsource & Digital Solutions and Talent provider, has today announced a new structure across its three businesses to ensure they are in a strong position to move at pace in a post-Covid-19 world.

The Group, founded by Neil Butler, consists of Optimation New Zealand, Presto Resourcing, and the Australian Mentum Systems businesses.

Having previously weathered the global financial crisis successfully, Mr Butler says organisations who embrace agility and are willing to pivot will fare well in uncertainty. “Digital businesses are characterised by rapid deployment, agility and human-centric design,” says Mr Butler. “To maintain pace, we are further empowering our leaders and simplifying the Group oversight, which will ensure each business has the ability to meet our clients’ needs and adapt to the opportunities at this time of change.”

While there will be small changes to the Group structure, it is maintaining its net headcount across the businesses. After six years at the helm, which have seen the establishment of the Group construct and a pointed focus on digital innovation, Optimation Group CEO Alex Bouma will move to an Executive Director role. His ongoing involvement will ensure continuity and strategic leadership for the Group with his extensive industry experience. Bouma’s shift to Executive Director will see David Norman appointed General Manager of Optimation New Zealand, with Petar Bielovich and Craig McGrory continuing to lead Mentum Systems (Australia) and Presto Resourcing, respectively. The Group structure will be retained to provide governance and shared services.

Today’s announcement comes off the back of a strong finish to the year for Optimation New Zealand and Mentum Systems, which saw the businesses deliver high-profile work in both the private and public sectors for customers including the Medical Council of NZ, Atlantis Healthcare, NZ Department of Corrections, and various parts of the Australian Defence Organisation.

Mr Bouma says the Covid-19 environment has led to strong interest in Optimation’s Digital Transformation solutions, including its Structured Communications Product (SCP) and the OutSystems low-code platform. “As a digital transformation and application outsourcing business, we’ve seen real demand for our solutions from the market. Even after New Zealand had entered Level-4 lockdown, and having seamlessly moved all of our staff to working from home, we have subsequently signed substantial new contracts worth millions of dollars with a number of customers in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. We are also about to launch several implementations of our SCP product in the public sector in New Zealand,” says Mr Bouma.

Mr Butler says that, in many ways, digital technology has been the hero of the Covid-19 crisis. “It’s allowed many businesses to continue to communicate and operate effectively in a remote setting, and there is a growing understanding that they will never entirely return to their pre-Covid-19 operating model,” he says. “As a result, plans to adopt digital are, for many, being accelerated. Optimation is well placed with a busy team and a set of market-leading solutions to help customers make a successful transition to the new norm.”

 

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