Corys awards five-year IT services contract to Gen-i

Corys Electrical is in the process of upgrading its desktop and end-user computing technologies, and plans to introduce new unified communications technologies in 2014

Corys Electrical, one of New Zealand’s leading electrical products distributors, has awarded Gen-i a five-year contract to deliver a wide range of telecommunications and IT services.

The new contract, which extends Corys Electrical’s relationship with Gen-i, includes mobile, voice and data services, which it says will create a strong platform for new mobility solutions across its Australasian network.

The new deal includes Gen-i’s trans-Tasman managed IP networking service and Gen-i WAN Services Trans-Tasman (GWS TT), which will link Corys’ distribution centre and 42 branches across New Zealand with its core data centre in Melbourne.

Mick Skelton, business improvement manager with Corys Electrical, said that Gen-i’s mobility solutions were a major factor in the decision to extend the relationship, following a competitive tender process in early 2013 undertaken with Australian sister company L&H Group.

“Although the timescale was tight, we wanted to ensure we were getting the best deal possible so looked at what was available from Vodafone/Telstra as well as Gen-i. Ultimately, Gen-i had the right mix of leading-edge devices and access to the latest tools and solutions so that we can easily extend our business applications out to our mobile team,” said Skelton.

“We have now introduced a fleet of 90 iPhone and iPad devices for our people out in the field, to give the team even faster access to key information, and the ability to work when and how they want, and in any location,” he added.

Sklelton said that by giving staff the right tools to do the job the deal will create efficiencies, lower costs and ultimately add real value to the business.

Corys Electrical is in the process of upgrading its desktop and end-user computing technologies, and plans to introduce new unified communications technologies in 2014 that will boost its productivity and ability to collaborate. L&H Group is also providing support with ICT and data centre services.

Andy Wild, CIO for L&H Group, says they are working closely with the Gen-i team to review messaging, communication and collaboration tools, and planning how to use them more effectively.

Steve Mills, Gen-i’s GM for corporate clients, said the new agreement is a strong endorsement of Corys’ trust in Gen-i to deliver a modern, efficient and effective ICT platform that supports its transition to a new business model.

In addition to GWS TT, the contract includes Gen-i’s GMS Network service, Gen-i’s IP Centrex cloud PBX solution, and services provided by the company’s project team.

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