Sun agent Solnet has established a development centre to focus on bespoke Java solutions. The centre will be run by ex-Sanga International customer service director Partha Sarathy.
SolNet managing director Murray McNae says SolNet had been working on setting up a development centre, “just loosely, as part of our professional services division. We’d taken an extra floor in our building, hired some staff” but it wasn’t formalised until Sanga International decided to pull out of New Zealand, leaving good development staff in need of jobs, he says.
Sarathy has taken over as manager of the centre and is joined by five colleagues, including business analysts, architects and developers, from Sanga.
The two companies have already worked together on a number of projects, says Sarathy, “and it was appropriate to come together under one roof. SolNet was looking to increase its development capabilities because of growing demand for open, object oriented business solutions.”
SolNet was recently granted Sun’s Authorised Java Centre status, which McNae says will provide customers with reassurance of the development team’s skills and give developers access to international Java expertise.
US-based Sanga International entered the New Zealand market in April 1998 when it bought local firm Axiom, of which Sarathy was director.