ARN announced the finalists for the 2018 ARN Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA), more than 70 individuals made the final shortlist in 2018, representing more than 50 organisations in the most competitive line-up in the history of the awards.
There were some extraordinary women on the list, and we’re very proud that our very own Rajitha is amongst them. We also want to extend our thanks to ARN for continuing to support, encourage and celebrate women in IT. Platforms like this go a long way to attract and retain women in the IT industry, bringing in diverse perspectives and more meaningful and collaborative solutions for today and beyond.
The winners will now be selected by a panel of 36 industry judges, acknowledging creativity, innovation and excellence. The awards night will be held on Friday 23 November at Ivy Ballroom in Sydney, the celebration lunch will host the female leaders of the ICT industry, providing a platform to celebrate channel success in Australia.
Oreta has opened up a new office in Sydney, as the technology provider continues to expand across the country.
Located on 135 King Street, Oreta head of delivery Andrew Jones will take charge of operations, with plans in place to build on the five staff currently housed in New South Wales (NSW).
“Having incubated our business in Melbourne and in such a short period of time created exceptional outcomes for customers in Victoria and South Australia, the logical progression was to replicate the model in the Sydney/NSW market,” Oreta co-founder and director Rajitha Rajasingham told ARN.
“Adding to that, with the encouragement and support from our partner community it was hard to resist the magnetic pull of Sydney.
“Our recent wins in the NSW market provides confirmation that we have made the right decision in expanding our presence in NSW.”
Headquartered in Melbourne, Oreta specialises in cloud, back-up and disaster recovery, security and networking, with expertise across app integration, DevOps and managed services.
Leveraging key vendor partnerships with Telstra, Google Cloud, NetApp, Cisco, Veeam and Palo Alto Networks, the business operates across manufacturing, retail, government, health, logistics and financial services sectors.
Specifically, customers include Victoria State Government, Toyota and Rip Curl, alongside Swisse, Drakes Supermarkets and Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
“Oreta’s sweet spot is in the mid-market and enterprise space, we will be aggressively targeting these customers as well as global customers with who have their Australian offices in Sydney,” Rajasingham added.
In firing warning shots at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, the tech giant is acting on local market momentum following the launch of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in Australia only two months ago.
With the ink barely dry, ARN can reveal that Oreta has joined the new-look network in two forms, as a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) partner and also a reseller.
“Google launching a cloud platform in your country is not an everyday occurrence and we wanted to take full advantage,” Oreta managing director Sachin Verma told ARN. “We plan to consume Google’s ecosystem in a focused way, we want to be infrastructure specialists and we want to be known for it.
“We have a razor-sharp focus around how best to utilise the benefits of the platform and will be standing up our workforce to boost our capabilities.”
As reported by ARN, Google officially touched down in a cloud capacity on 21 June, with Sydney becoming part of the nine regions, 27 zones and 100 points of presence comprising the global GCP footprint.
With the green light now flashing, partners and end-users across Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) now have access to a range of locally-sourced GCP services, as the vendor bolsters its cloud footprint throughout the region.