Gen-i has set up a business consulting unit, after hiring four senior Cap Gemini NZ consultants from the Hewlett-Packard subsidiary.
HP is understood to be furious about losing the staff — who had been locked-in by contract for two years from the time HP bought Cap Gemini NZ.
Two of the new Gen-i staff will work out of Auckland and two in Wellington. They have been joined by three overseas hires.
Gen-i general manager Chris Quin says the unit will have “reasonable” independence and that if it grew to 40-50 people within 12-18 months, he would be “pretty happy”.
Quin had been working on plans for the business consulting unit since late January. It was formally launched three weeks ago.
“I think it is the only way to go forward,” he says. “The unit will be measured on its own contribution and will have its own pricing, and will make its own choices.”
There is no one on the ground in Australia yet, but that remains an option. “It will engage with out trans-Tasman customers,” Quin says.
The new hires come at a time when there is a dearth of available skills in the market. Computerworld had sought information from Gen-i about how it would resource its two new major contracts, with the Justice Ministry and the Accident Compensation Corporation.
One CIO, who does not want to be named, says he is a current customer and is concerned that the two new contracts will take focus away from his organisation.
Quin says Gen-i currently has 1,600-plus staff and around 75 vacancies. The company is actively seeking to fill 45 of those positions, which Quin says have been prioritised as the most important roles.
He notes that, collectively, Telecom and Gen-i are looking for around 150 staff. “It’s been natural for us to be questioned by both our prospects and current customers,” he says.