The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-05-31T00:02:55Z Kiandra IT launch cyber security consulting and training packages 2018-05-31T00:02:55Z kiandra-it-launch-cyber-security-consulting-and-training-packages Kiandra IT, a Melbourne-based full-service IT company, have launched three new cyber security consulting and training packages to better prepare organisations for a potential data breach and educate on new local and global laws surrounding personal information.     The three packages are tailored to fit the security level of any organisation and can bundle education, planning, assessment and monitoring.    Kiandra’s Security Specialist and Lead Penetration Tester, Dan Weis, says cyber security has moved to the top of the list of concern amongst organisations around the globe given the European Union recently introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).   “Any business, small through to large, is vulnerable to a security threat – if you house any personal data at all, you are open to risk. With new legislation in play globally and in Australia, companies are now at risk of copping heavy fines in the event of a security incident,” Dan says.   While the GDPR governs companies in Europe, the nature of the legislation means Australian businesses that operate, have offices in the EU or store personal data concerning EU citizens, may also be liable for fines up to $20 million Euro. This law, amongst others, shows a renewed global impetus to increase personal data legislation.   “Australia is not far behind adopting GDPR-like legislation, with the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme coming into effect earlier this year, it also puts organisations at risk for penalties in the event customer’s personal data is lost or breached and not reported.   “All this legislation is an opportunity for businesses to improve on existing security governance and protocols, response plans and training. Organisations can significantly reduce the cost of a data breach by educating employees about security,” Dan says.   Kiandra’s three packages aim to keep companies cyber resilient, combining on-site training, producing incident response plans and in some programs offering guidance on existing security protocols and ongoing monthly management and monitoring. Opting for the complete option means Kiandra will utilise the very latest in technology, leveraging its partnership with world leading security platform AlienVault, to offer real time monitoring.     “While staying on top of security protocols is key to protecting against threats, knowing what to do in the event of a data breach is the single most important strategy a business can pull together to reduce harm,” Dan says.   Download full cyber security packages details here: https://kiandra.com.au/getmedia/934ef4e6-c703-4020-a2b4-68e4d40bced6/Kiandra-New-Security-Packages ENDS    About Kiandra IT Kiandra is an award winning, full-service Australian IT company delivering clients a competitive advantage through smart, business-critical software, technology and security solutions. For more than 23 years, Kiandra’s high performing team have produced great technology outcomes for organisations of every size. Whether it’s a software development solution to solve a complex business challenge, or a security assessment to protect information and assets, Kiandra’s on-the-ground team of experts are driven in their focus to empower organisations through technology. Kiandra IT accelerates digital transformation with OutSystems 2017-12-13T23:09:23Z kiandra-it-accelerates-digital-transformation-with-outsystems The two companies believe the new partnership merges their respective skills and expertise, to create a compelling choice for mid-market and enterprise clients who need to accelerate digital transformation. The OutSystems low-code platform uniquely extends and governs rapid application delivery by simplifying all stages of the development and delivery process. This, coupled with Kiandra’s vast expertise in custom software development, is expected to provide clients with robust, business critical applications in a fraction of the typical time-to-market. Christopher Grant, Kiandra’s Head of Software Development says the new partnership represents just one of many strategic initiatives in Kiandra’s current growth plans across the custom software development business. “Organisations are under more pressure than ever to roll out innovative digital solutions, and being first to market is vital. With this new capability, we have the advantage of not only being able to create powerful solutions for our clients, but to develop them more competitively and launch them much quicker than ever before,” he said. “This offering will form a critical component of our business moving forward. We are already working on some exciting joint opportunities and look forward to leveraging the OutSystems platform to speed-up time-to-market and reduce costs for our clients,” he said. “We are excited to partner with Kiandra IT and help organisations achieve their digital transformation goals,” said Steve Oliff, Regional Director, ANZ, OutSystems. “Kiandra IT has a long and illustrious track record for delivering innovative solutions to organisations in the ANZ region. We see a lot of growth potential in this part of the world, and through this partnership with Kiandra IT, we have found a like-minded partner that shares our vision. We hope to further deepen our presence in the ANZ region and work together with Kiandra IT to support more companies in their journey towards digital transformation,” added Steve. About OutSystems Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. With OutSystems, you visually develop your entire application, easily integrate with existing systems, and add your own custom code when you need it. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems. About Kiandra IT Kiandra is an award winning, technology services and software development company that provides smart, business critical technology solutions. For more than 22 years, Kiandra has delivered great technology outcomes for organisations of every size. Whether it is a software development solution to solve a complex business challenge, or a security assessment to help a business protect their information and assets, Kiandra is passionate about empowering organisations through technology. Kiandra IT signs partnership deal with Kentico 2017-05-02T23:15:29Z kiandra-it-signs-partnership-deal-with-kentico The two companies believe the partnership creates a new joint force, focused on providing reliable, dynamic and compelling web solutions to the mid-market and enterprise space via Kentico’s CMS platform. Kiandra expects a number of new and existing clients to be drawn to the offering and has already secured Kentico projects with a well known financial services institution and a large industry body in the education space. In addition, Kiandra has identified a solid pipeline of qualified opportunities and is working to convert these into secured contracts. Christopher Grant, Kiandra’s Head of Software Development says the new partnership complements Kiandra’s existing solution portfolio and expands on its current custom software development offering. “We have had Kentico expertise for a number of years—formalising this expertise with a partnership deal, and leveraging Kentico’s growing market share to expand our practice is the next logical step,” he said. “Organisations are under more pressure than ever to roll out intuitive digital solutions and maximise the impact of their web efforts. With this new capability we will be able to create powerful solutions that will empower our clients to turn their digital assets into a critical engagement engine,” he said. Kentico is a leader in web content management, and builds business application software that solves modern day problems. Kentico is an all in one platform that includes content management, integrated automation of marketing tasks, intranet and collaboration, and e-commerce. Kiandra grows Technology Services division by 54% 2017-03-09T04:22:28Z kiandra-grows-technology-services-division-by-54 In Q2 the department’s headcount grew by 17% with a number of technical, managerial and project related hires. Key appointments include a new Support Services Manager, Susanna Thomas, and the creation of a new role – Head of Technology Services, filled by Jason Alexander. Chris Munro, Director - Technology Services, Kiandra IT said that FY 2016/17 marked a year of high internal investment for Kiandra, including new people, systems and new services. “The company’s growth reflects the evolution of Kiandra’s solution portfolio, and the internal investment required to service new contracts.” “Demand for our services has increased significantly over the last 12 months – resulting in a 41% increase in revenue for H1 when compared to the previous corresponding period. We have picked up a number of new Financial Services and Insurance (FSI) clients including superannuation funds and insurance organisations, as well as large retail organisations, and are extending the scope of services with existing customers,” he said. “We’re incredibly excited about our new hires, and have ramped up our focus on solutions and resources in growing areas to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our customers. Both Jason and Susanna have the specific experience and knowledge required to help build our market share and drive our reputation as a leader in the Australian technology space,” he said. Jason Alexander – Head of Technology Services With a career spanning close to two decades in the IT industry, Jason has extensive experience in IT strategy development and execution, process enablement and refinement, and IT operations and service delivery. Jason has previously held senior positions with Tenix Australia. Susanna Thomas – Support Services Manager Susanna comes to Kiandra with a strong reputation for managing risk and service operations, leading technical teams and driving customer service. She has held leadership roles with other managed service providers including NGage Technology Group and Annitel.   Kiandra IT appoints new Head of Software Development 2017-01-12T23:51:52Z kiandra-it-appoints-new-head-of-software-development Based in Melbourne, Christopher has extensive experience spanning close to two decades in the IT industry, and an excellent reputation for complex, large-scale project implementation. He brings to Kiandra a solid track record of success in software development, professional services consulting, as well as infrastructure and transformation projects for customers in new markets. “This is an exciting time to be joining the organisation - with a slew of great client engagements, a growing team and a well-rounded product offering - Kiandra is very well regarded in the market,” said Christopher. “The demand for core-business software development has never been greater. Kiandra is well positioned to drive significant growth, particularly within the software development practice and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to play a role in Kiandra’s next wave of success,” he said. Kiandra’s Director of Software Development, Martin Cooperwaite said Christopher’s reputation precedes him. His vast knowledge and experience in the software project space, coupled with his client-focused approach and commercial acumen is a perfect fit to further drive Kiandra’s success in the market. “Christopher’s intricate understanding of professional services-based software delivery and team leadership complements both our software development team and our business as a whole. We’re really excited to welcome Christopher onboard and I look forward to working together,” he said. Christopher has previously held senior positions with OBS, and most recently at Serraview. Lucky number 7 – Kiandra makes it onto the BRW Best Places to Work list 7 years running 2015-09-01T23:40:32Z lucky-number-7-kiandra-makes-it-onto-the-brw-best-places-to-work-list-7-years-running This is a record seventh year running that Melbourne-based Kiandra IT has featured in the prestigious list. In addition to appearing in the BRW Best Places to Work list Kiandra was also recognised in The Australian Business Awards ABA100 last month, receiving an award in the category of Service Excellence. Cameron Brookes, Managing Director of Kiandra IT said, “We’re incredibly proud of being recognised for a seventh time on the BRW Best Places to Work List. It’s a great achievement for our business to be able to continue to grow whilst maintaining a fantastic culture that our team all believe in.” “We’ve just celebrated Kiandra’s 20th birthday. And after two decades of business, my fellow directors and I still remain just as committed to creating a workplace that is fun, supportive, and full of great talented people that we really enjoy spending time with.” he said. The BRW Best Places to Work study is widely acclaimed in Australia. Based on one of the world’s most comprehensive studies of workplace culture by Great Place to Work Australia, the quality of this year’s study was higher than ever. The success of the Best Workplaces is a testament to their will power and innovation to retain happy, engaged, loyal, high performing workforces during challenging times. “Just like your customers, employees have a choice when choosing where they want to work” said Zrinka Lovrencic, MD Great Place to Work Australia, “Companies are transforming how business is done both internally and externally. The understand that a high-trust work culture results in higher productivity, increased engagement and better financial performance. These factors ultimately lead to a competitive advantage and enable companies to quickly bounce back from challenging situations. These 50 companies set the standard for businesses.” Kiandra IT has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2015 for Service Excellence 2015-08-18T04:07:31Z kiandra-it-has-been-recognised-as-an-aba100-winner-in-the-australian-business-awards-2015-for-service-excellence Pictured: Kiandra IT Service Delivery Manager Malcolm Duckett Kiandra IT has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2015 for Service Excellence.  The award recognises Kiandra’s achievements inproviding exceptional service and professionalism in their delivery of IT infrastructure and software solutions. “Being named as a winner in the Service Excellence category is a reflection of our dedication to providing the highest levels of service to our clients” said Kiandra IT Managing Director, Cameron Brookes. “This continued recognition from ABA - having won previously in 2012 & 2013 - is a great result for Kiandra, as it validates the importance we place on helping businesses improve their bottom line through leading-edge technology and software solutions.” “I congratulate our fellow award winners and am proud to share this recognition with them, and thank The Australian Business Awards for developing such a fantastic program. Ms Tara Johnston, Program Director, says, “For a decade, The Australian Business Awards have conducted knowledge building programs which focus on organisations that prioritise innovation and technology as they continue to drive local and international markets. “The ABA100 Winners have demonstrated innovative, enterprising and technologically advanced business initiatives and products that support an obvious transformation coinciding with the ever-changing, highly competitive business environment.   “High-performing, intelligent organisations that continuously and effectively improve their processes and products are set to survive the long term challenges faced by all Australian businesses,” Ms Johnston added. Each year the ABA100 Winners are recognised through a variety of different award categories that demonstrate business and product innovation. Corporate, government and non-government organisations are acknowledged for implementing well-managed industry leading initiatives and for the research and development of high-performing products and services. Businesses initiatives are evaluated utilising the POEM Assessment Module via a detailed analysis of the method, execution, performance and outcomes of their initiative. Products including platforms, software, knowledge, systems, services, information and devices are evaluated via the PREF Assessment Module, which evaluates their features, end user benefits, research and performance. For more information on The Australian Business Awards and the 2015 ABA100 Winners go to www.australianbusinessawards.com.au.  Kiandra IT ranked on the BRW Best Places to Work list 6 years running 2014-09-11T23:25:00Z kiandra-it-ranked-on-the-brw-best-places-to-work-list-6-years-running This is the sixth year running that Melbourne based Kiandra has featured in the prestigious list – last year ranking 23. This year’s study featured two lists of 25 companies, one list for companies with over 100 employees, and one list with under 100 - Kiandra featured on the second list. In addition to appearing in the BRW Best Places to Work list Kiandra was also voted 11th Coolest Tech Company in Australia by JobAdvisor.com.au, late last month. Cameron Brookes, Managing Director, Kiandra IT said, “It gives us great pride to see Kiandra ranked for the sixth year in a row. Our culture is an inherent part of our business, yet we still work incredibly hard to maintain and build on our employment brand.” “A key challenge for all organisations is maintaining culture throughout periods of strong growth, and it is with this back-drop that we are especially proud to retain a position on the list,” he said. “The companies on this list understand the role that people and culture play in their success,” offered Zrinka Lovrencic, Managing Director of Great Place to Work Australia. “A great workplace culture and highly engaged work environments win these companies not just a spot in our study, but buoys their overall success in an increasingly competitive marketplace.” The BRW Best Places to Work study is widely acclaimed in Australia. Based on one of the world’s most comprehensive studies of workplace culture by Great Place to Work Australia, the quality of this year’s study was higher than ever. The success of the Best Workplaces is a testament to their willpower and innovation to retain happy, engaged, loyal, high performing workforces during challenging times. Kiandra IT launches Graduate Program with Swinburne Uni 2014-05-05T23:39:20Z kiandra-it-launches-graduate-program-with-swinburne-uni The program will see Kiandra work with Swinburne University to offer graduate positions to talented and passionate software development students with outstanding technical capability. Graduates will join a 12-month program aimed to develop both functional and technical skills. The program exposes graduates to all divisions of Kiandra’s Software Development arm, providing them with a large breadth of experience. “We’re incredibly excited to launch this new program and are pleased to be able to provide this opportunity to fast-track the learning and development of the graduates,” said Martin Cooperwaite, Director – Software Development. "The graduates will be given a variety of challenges and accountabilities and we expect great results both for the business and for the individuals,” he said. According to Professor John Grundy Dean, School of Software and Electrical Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, this new graduate program will give students a head start in the industry.   “This graduate program will allow our graduates to make headway in a highly competitive industry. The program will not only hone technical skills but will provide valuable experience and accelerate their career progression,” Professor Grundy said. “Swinburne’s close industry ties have been a major part of the university’s initiatives and the Kiandra IT Graduate Program is another opportunity to push forward the experience so students can develop their own connections with industry.”   Applications for 2014 have now closed. The 2015 Graduate Program intake will open in December 2014, with up to 10 positions being awarded to successful Swinburne University graduates.  Kiandra IT joins Google Apps Authorized Reseller Program 2014-02-17T02:20:30Z kiandra-it-joins-google-apps-authorized-reseller-program By signing onto the program Kiandra will focus on providing reliable, dynamic and compelling business productivity solutions to the mid-market and enterprise space via Google Apps for Business. Chris Munro, Director, Technology Infrastructure, Kiandra IT says the move will complement Kiandra’s solution portfolio and expand on its existing cloud offering. “Organisations are under more pressure than ever to reduce the cost and complexity of IT while significantly increasing productivity for end users,” he said. “Software as a Service is continuing to gain trust as a solid alternative for business productivity deployments across the enterprise, and we expect to see this continue to accelerate.” “This offering will form a critical component of our business moving forward. We are already working on some exciting Google Apps opportunities and look forward to leveraging the platform to achieve reduced costs, increased efficiencies, and improved collaboration for businesses,” he said. Kiandra expects a number of new and existing clients to be drawn to the new offering which combines all the attractive elements of cloud-based messaging and collaboration services with Kiandra’s strong IT management, service and support skills, and outstanding technical capability. Kiandra IT ranked on CRN Fast50 for the third consecutive year 2013-11-24T23:36:07Z kiandra-it-ranked-on-crn-fast50-for-the-third-consecutive-year This is the third year running Kiandra has featured on the list, last year ranking 36 and 33 in 2011. The CRN Fast50 recognises resellers who have shown themselves to be the best at understanding their customers’ businesses, aligning those businesses with the latest and best technologies and doing it faster and more efficiently than the rest of the pack. “We are very pleased to be a part of this premier list of Australia’s leading IT resellers," said Cameron Brookes, Managing Director, Kiandra IT. “To be recognised three years in a row highlights our dedication to evolving our solution portfolio to meet the needs of our clients. We have amazing people, outstanding capability, a strong brand and experience, and are now presenting a viable option to some of the bigger players,” said Mr Brookes. “I congratulate all the resellers appearing on this year’s list, and thank CRN for shining the spotlight on the IT industry,” he said. Now in its fifth year, the CRN Fast 50 is one of the most prestigious Australian IT industry awards and industry list honouring the 50 best resellers in the country.  Kiandra IT ranked 43 on Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list 2013-11-19T22:51:17Z kiandra-it-ranked-43-on-deloitte-technology-fast-50-list Now in its thirteenth year, the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 is a program that recognises and profiles Australian technology companies, public or private, that have achieved the fastest rates of annual revenue growth (based on percentage revenue growth over the last three years). Cameron Brookes, Managing Director, Kiandra IT said the organisation was extremely proud to be named on the prestigious list. “The technology landscape is rapidly changing, with strong growth being experienced in new areas and contraction within many of the more traditional IT services,” he said.  “This achievement highlights Kiandra’s dedication to constantly innovating to keep ahead of our customers’ needs by investing in new technologies, forming strategic partnerships, evolving our solution portfolio and developing our service offering to win new business.” “I congratulate all organisations that made the list and thank both our staff and customers for their ongoing support,” he said. This is the second year Kiandra has made the list, coming in at 49 in 2011. The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Australian program is part of the global Deloitte Technology Fast 500 program run in parallel with the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Central Europe, Israel, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Kiandra IT ranked on BRW’s Best Places to Work list 5 years running 2013-06-26T23:40:53Z kiandra-it-ranked-on-brw-s-best-places-to-work-list-5-years-running This is the fifth year running that Melbourne based Kiandra has featured in the prestigious list – last year ranking 29. Cameron Brookes, Managing Director, Kiandra IT said, "It gives us great pride to see Kiandra ranked for the fifth year in a row. Our people are integral to our business – they are the ones building amazing custom software and delivering exceptional IT solutions – and remaining a great place to work is of huge importance to us.” “A great place to work has a strong and positive culture, and a strong and positive culture leads to better performance, higher retention and a more aligned organisation,” he said. Kiandra recently announced plans to increase its workforce by 35% over the next 18 months, to cater for the growth in demand for its services. “We are a creative and innovative business for our clients. If we cannot attract and retain the very best our industry has to offer, then we cannot provide the calibre of solutions and level of service we expect, and our customers deserve. Investing in culture and employment brand is vital in making Kiandra attractive to the most talented people,” said Mr Brookes. “Our culture, our team camaraderie, and the diversity and technical excellence of our people all contribute to making Kiandra more than just a place to work, but a place where we enjoy working, and are passionate about,” he said. The BRW Best Places to Work list is widely acclaimed in Australia. Based on one of the world’s most comprehensive studies of workplace culture, The Great Place to Work Institute, the quality of this year’s BRW Top 50 Best Places to Work was higher than ever. Kiandra IT on track for 25%+ growth 2013-06-12T23:15:22Z kiandra-it-on-track-for-25-growth Cameron Brookes, Managing Director, Kiandra IT said the company’s strong growth, despite a relatively flat economy, reflects the evolution of Kiandra’s solution portfolio, and the high return on investment customers receive. “Demand for our services has increased dramatically over the last 12 months – in particular with our custom software development services. We signed several multi-million dollar deals, picked up a number of new clients including Fernwood Fitness, Tennis Australia and Parks Victoria, and extended the scope of services with existing customers – T2, Coles, Credit Corp, Mercer, the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) and Quest Serviced Apartments,” he said.   “We are seeing a growing demand for custom software from clients who wish to match their business needs to a solution which delivers efficiency and effectiveness across their organisation. Additionally the IT security landscape is becoming increasingly important as companies focus on protecting their data. In response we have ramped up our focus on solutions and resources in these growing areas to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our customers.”   “This financial year our headcount has grown by over 25%, and in the next 18 months we expect to grow by another 35% to deliver the evolving solution breadth we anticipate, while still remaining nimble enough to adapt with industry demands.”   Kiandra’s growth in patchy economic conditions is a reflection of its innovative, high quality service offering and its efforts have been formally recognised through a number of renowned accolades, confirming its presence as a growing IT service provider.   During FY13 Kiandra took out a number of high profile accolades including being named Microsoft Australia Partner of the Year for the Windows Azure Platform SI category, winner of the Medium Business of the Year Award at the Victorian Telstra Business Awards, and named SMB Reseller of the Year at the ARN Awards. Kiandra IT named Best Overall Business at the Action Coach Asia Pacific Business Excellence Awards 2013-02-24T23:40:32Z kiandra-it-named-best-overall-business-at-the-action-coach-asia-pacific-business-excellence-awards Kiandra took out the title in recognition of its strong growth, customer focus and achievements over the past year. Last year Kiandra was named Best Service Based Business at the awards.Cameron Brookes, Managing Director, Kiandra IT accepted the accolade, thanking the Kiandra  team for their hard work and ongoing commitment.“Winning this award is a reflection of a very big year for Kiandra – a year that has been one of enormous change, development and achievement. We expanded our solution portfolio, increased our client base, and grew our team of talented and dedicated people who built some amazing software and delivered some exceptional IT solutions,” he said.“Watching our customers thrive and succeed due to the implementation of successful technology is what gives us the impetus to continue to raise the bar. We love what we do – which is the key behind driving successful results for clients,” he said.“Thanks to Action Coach for the opportunity to participate in such a worthwhile awards program, our customers for their ongoing support as well as my fellow directors and our staff for their hard work,” he said.The Business Excellence Awards were created to recognise the "Best of the Best" in the small-and-medium sized business (SMB) sector. The awards honor the achievements and accomplishments of businesses in industries and categories from around the world.