Intergen, another offspring of Glazier Systems out of the Advantage Group, is only the second New Zealand company to be made a Microsoft "gold partner".
During a formal launch of its brand earlier this month Microsoft New Zealand managing director Geoff Lawrie said the status is awarded to “organisations of proven capability” in supplying services based on Microsoft products. Intergen exclusively uses Microsoft environments for its e-business and related developments.
Intergen was formed earlier this year by former Glazier management after financially troubled Advantage sold the unit to its general manager, Tony Stewart, who heads the new company.
There had been pressure to restore the old name, Stewart says, but Intergen, it was decided, would better reflect the company’s broader range of work -- with allusions of "internet generation" rather than Glazier's allusion to Windows -- which covers website design and development, bespoke application development and integration, facilities management and hosting, consulting and design work.
Clients include the Employment Relations Service, wool-market operators Woolnet, State Insurance and domain-name mangement company Domainz. Many of Intergen’s current clients were clients of Glazier before Advantage acquired it, or of Webmasters, an Auckland web developer also bought and then sold by Advantage. Webmasters has one Wellington salesman who is now an account manager with Intergen.
Intergen’s brand colour is “bold yellow – strong, vibrant and energetic”, Stewart said in his launch address -- with a silver stripe along the top “to reflect the more conservative business-oriented side of our company.”
Another group of former Glazier staff left Advantage early this year to form Provoke Software.