Two well-known Hunter companies, Newcastle-based Regional IT and Maitland-based MA Technology Solutions have merged to form saberVox cloud solutions, with the intention of tackling the international technology scene. The aim is to build on their already successful cloud platform to provide specific solutions to businesses in the Asia-Pacific.
Regional IT Managing Director Dan Wright is the new CEO of saberVox and his company’s award-winning solution enabling concurrent handling of large 3D files, or “3D in the cloud”, will be the main product the new company will push internationally. h
“We are two good local businesses,” Dan said. “MA Technology Solutions has a great technical background and we are both keen to make it happen. We have a similar ethos in terms of customer focus and addressing business problems through technology.”
Dan has spent 20 years working in IT in the Hunter Region and for the past eight years has been Managing Director of Regional IT, providing pay-by-the-month server and telephony solutions to businesses.
More recently he and his team developed an efficient and cost-effective solution for companies using large 3D files in their computer-aided design, especially architecture firms. Citrix, the US software company, named the breakthrough solution in its top five innovations for 2015.
Dan believes the timing is right for a push beyond Australia, given the benefits of the recently announced Trans-Pacific Partnership. The 12-country trade deal covers 40 per cent of the global economy and will be the world’s largest trading bloc, containing about 800 million people. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will liberalise telecommunications, financial services, government procurement markets, and standardise rules around intellectual property, investment and e-commerce.
“Australia’s big architecture firms, for example, have been working internationally for some time,” Dan said. “Now it’s the chance for smaller enterprises to move out into the region.”
“We know businesses hate data going overseas, but saberVox cloud solutions can help firms transfer their big data across all borders, while keeping a tight control of IP in their office in Australia.
“SMEs wanting to work with large 3D data files remotely and concurrently, can now do so on a level playing field. They need no longer fear the loss of data loss, the logistics of attempting to compete or the cost of doing so.”
Much of the work of Newcastle-based international architecture firm dwp|suters involves the collaborative use of 3D modelling software across 15 locations throughout Australia, Asia and the Middle East using. Regional IT offered dwp|suters a solution using Citrix technology, which can handle the complexity of the 3D imagery. Dwp|suters’ workers can now view graphics-intensive files on their virtual desktops in high definition.
A graduate of the University of Newcastle, Dan also speaks Indonesian and for the two years before he established Regional IT was a Technology Adviser and Field Worker for the United Nations Volunteers. Operating in the Banda Aceh area in Indonesia, he helped establish internet access for businesses that were affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Dan worked with hundreds of local Acehnese people and employed many in local businesses.