For at least one managing director, the year 2000 issue isn’t so much a problem as a boon.
“We’re seeing a slow-down in decision-making, but many companies are using Y2K as an incentive to expand their IT division,” says Murray McCaw, managing director of Team Comtex at the opening of its first Auckland office.
Team Comtex is a Wellington-based “business-solutions company” that offers a range of solutions from financial services and project management to IT training and First Call, its new helpdesk outsourcing project.
“We probably wouldn’t pick up any new customers for Y2K consultancy now,” says McCaw, doesn’t want Team Comtex to become a “scapegoat” for a company’s lateness in assessing the year 2000. He doesn’t have an optimistic view of the future for companies that haven’t begun fixing their Y2K problems.
Team Comtex’s Auckland office has been set up in response to the changing demands of the market, according to Robert Aikman, who will be running the office.
“Currently, about 60% of our business is conducted with government agencies. An Auckland office will have the potential to expand our involvement in a growth area — the private sector.” Aikman also has a warning for those conducting Y2K assessments.
“We’ve found that the most difficult areas to sort out aren’t the PCs and networks but are the embedded chips in things like refrigerator systems and the like.”
Team Comtex employs more than 220 people in its Wellington office and McCaw sees no reason not to have as many again in Auckland.
“Obviously we wouldn’t need to duplicate services we offer in Wellington, but there’s nothing to stop us expanding to match our present level.”