GDC merges voice and ASP operations

Three management positions go but five more tech staff hired

Over the past two weeks GDC has merged its voice and ASP operations to offer converged solutions in voice and data.

It will use its ASP infrastructure to deliver the converged solution.

Managing director Geoff Lawrie says the move positions GDC as the only independent company other than Telecom offering convergence as a managed solution.

The merger has meant the loss of three management positions, as there is now only one sales force, though five more technical staff have been hired.

“We’re increasing our investment in technical capability,” Lawrie says.

GDC is also moving its datacentre capabilities to the TelstraClear centre at Albany in a project that will roll out till the end of the year. Currently, it has its own datacentre at Mt Wellington and also uses the EDS datacentre in Nelson St, Auckland.

GDC's iVASP ASP service was resold by Telecom Advanced Solutions under the Officeware brand, but Telecom ditched the arrangement in January this year and said it would create its own ASP product. Lawrie said at the time that GDC had put a significant effort into supporting Telecom for "negligible" benefit.

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