Endace founder and chairman Ian Graham was named New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards last night in Wellington.
“He has transformed world-leading innovation into a thriving export business,” said NZICT group CEO Candace Kinser, presenting the award.
“We are thrilled to announce Dr Ian Graham as Engineering Entrepreneur of the Year. He has been at the forefront of network monitoring technology for more than a decade,” says Gretchen Kivell, convenor of the panel judging the awards to individuals. “Not only has he developed world-leading technology, he's also been instrumental in bringing it to market and making it a commercial success.”
In 1995 Graham led a research team at the University of Waikato attempting to measure latency in high-speed digital networks. The technology developed for the project delivered continuous packet capture with time stamps which are regarded as among the world’s most accurate. The technology became known as the DAG (data acquisition and generation) card and is the foundation of many monitoring and network security systems in the world today.
In 2001, he founded Endace. Under Graham’s leadership, Endace has grown to become one of New Zealand’s international technology success stories – winning High Tech Company of the Year, Exporter of the Year and Emerging Company of the Year awards in recent years – with revenues of more than US$38 million in its fiscal year 2011 and more than 170 staff in offices around the world.
The Engineering Excellence Awards are organised by a collaboration of several engineering bodies.