Auckland based unified communications specialist Pyrios has formed an alliance with Microsoft integrator UC Logiq — also based in Auckland — to offer Microsoft Skype for Business services on both sides of the Tasman, and Pyrios has also bought a 30 percent stake in UC Logiq.
Under terms of the agreement, UC Logiq will continue to trade under its own brand but will relocate into Pyrios’ headquarters in Albany, Auckland.
Pyrios CEO Robyn O’Reilly said the alliance would build Pyrios’ skills in Microsoft services and integration, enabling it to better support the growing number of businesses using Skype for Business as their principal communications platform.
She said the alliance would create benefits of scale for both organisations, with Pyrios gaining direct access to UC Logiq principals – Microsoft architects Nick Erikson and Scott Maynard – and UC Logiq able to leverage Pyrios’ project delivery services and network operations as a springboard for growth.
Pyrios, O’Reilly said, required a deeper set of skills with Microsoft as clients progressed from piloting Microsoft UC to enterprise wide deployments that integrated on-premise technologies and cloud services.
“UC Logiq’s experience in architecting and delivering UC strategies to large customers complements our existing capabilities, and will be marketed to our clients,” she said.
According to O’Reilly the skills of Erikson and Maynard were as “rare as hen’s teeth” and would round out Pyrios’ Microsoft UC practice.
“Both men have a long list of Microsoft and related vendor certifications. As UC Logiq they have completed Skype for Business work for blue chip clients including Fonterra, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Bank of Queensland, and Queensland Alumina,” she said. “And as a Microsoft Consulting Services partner, UC Logiq is authorised to conduct pre-sales consulting work on Microsoft’s behalf.”
Erikson said the alliance would boost UC Logiq, which had been obliged to turn down projects because it did have the bandwidth to do the job.
“We’re poised to bring innovative offerings to the A/NZ market which will combine the strengths of both organisations. We’re extremely bullish about the potential of this alliance,” he said.
Pyrios claims to be one the largest specialist UC consultancies in the ANZ region. It has 80 employees across offices in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth.