Expands Australian Operations
Opens new office in Adelaide CBD, Minister Speaks and receives Microsoft HoloLens Demonstration.
Adelaide– November 14, 2016 – Velrada, a leading Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in Dynamics 365, Advisory and Microsoft Solutions, has expanded its Australian operations to further service a growing client base across South Australia, establishing a $2m investment in an advanced data and analytics called DataLab, opening a new office in Adelaide and increasing headcount to 45 in 2017, since establishing an Adelaide presence 5 years ago.
Amongst the 70 guests at the official office and DataLab opening were the honorable Peter Malinauskas MLC, Minister for Police, Corrections, Emergency Services and Road Safety, Mr Vincent Tarzia MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Start-Up, representing the Leader of the Opposition. Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk, State Director of Microsoft, and Mr Mark Rankmore, Head of Human Relations and Executive responsible for ICT at OZ Minerals.
The opening address by Minister Malinauskas was focused on the theme of the “Knowledge State” as an economic priority and unlocking the potential in human capital that technologies from Microsoft offers. There was an acknowledgement of Microsoft Partner, Velrada as an enabler of this vision providing capabilities in advanced data and analytics to Government; the Mining Industry for organisations such as OzMinerals; Viticulture; and Financial Services.
Dr, Eva Balan-Vnuk, State Director of Microsoft praised the commitment and partnership that Velrada and Microsoft had together within the theme of “Winning Together”.
Head of Human Relations and Executive responsible for ICT at Oz Minerals, Mr. Mark Rankmore, spoke about the transformational journey his organisation was on, and how Microsoft Technologies and Partners like Velrada has been instrumental in the success of this journey.
As a highlight of the evening select attendees including Minister Malinauskas were fortunate enough receive a demonstration of the new Microsoft HoloLens . Microsoft HoloLens is the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content & data, and interact with holograms in the world around you. Velrada and Microsoft Partner Inger Lawes of SAAB who have an advanced HoloLens program, received much interest in the applications to support the “Knowledge State” direction of South Australia.
Mr Felice D’Antonio, Velrada General Manager for South Australia, announced the Woman-In Mining network have made arrangements to use the new Velrada Office for its monthly meetings and this was part of the Velrada – Community Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment.
Velrada is a leading Microsoft Gold Partner with a focus on Transformational Advisory and Consulting services taking customers on a Microsoft journey with the deployment of Microsoft Dynamics 365, Office 365, Power BI and Analytics along with Cloud and Azure excellence.
With a team of over 150 staff across SA, WA and Victoria, Velrada’s business continues to grow off the back of success in the Microsoft eco-system.
Originally focused in WA our growth in Adelaide has expanded with key clients in the Resources Sector, whilst the number of clients across government and industry has grown to underpin our sustainable growth. These clients include ARTC, Treasury Wine Estates, Santos, BHP, OzMinerals, Beyond Bank. This client growth has been the direct result of strategic consulting engagements, and others as a trusted partner providing professional services across portfolio and project(s) implementation.
From a single contract in South Australia with BHP five years ago, Velrada (www.velrada.com) now employs 45 people locally and is looking to double its staff over the next two years through targeted recruitment and closer relationships with key South Australian tertiary institutions, consistent with the State Government’s commitment to offer every chance for every child.
Velrada is investing $2m in an expanded Adelaide headquarters to cater for this significant business growth, as well as to establish a ‘data development lab’ (DataLab) within the premises to assist its clients with complex information solution development in a risk-free environment using advanced data science and machine learning solutions.
As a Microsoft solutions-based IT consultancy, Velrada works with some of South Australia’s biggest exporters and ASX-listed companies across energy and resources, defense, transport and viticulture.
Velrada also enables a wide range of local and State Government agencies to deliver vital systems and business projects.
Mr. Rob Evans – CEO
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Right: Honorable Peter Malinauskas MLC, Minister for Police, Corrections, Emergency Services and Road Safety
Left: Mr Bruce Hampton, CIO of Wine Australia
Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk, State Director of Microsoft
Mr Felice D’Antonio – Velrada State Director
Mr Mark Rankmore, Head of Human Relations and Executive responsible for ICT at OZ Minerals
Mr Saul Sabath, Velrada National Marketing and Business Development Director
Left to right:
Ms Nicole Howard, Velrada Marketing Manager
Ms Rebecca Bennett, Vice President of Operational Excellence, Cobham Aviation
Mr James Briggs, Velrada Principal Consultant
Ms Gaia Ricci, Velrada Managing Consultant