Datacom acquires local government software firm

Summary:Datacom stengthens its offerings for local government with Origen buyout.

New Zealand-based ICT services provider Datacom Group has acquired Origen Technology, a Tauranga-based company that has developed Ozone, an enterprise software platform for local authorities.

Jonathan Usher and Roy Simpson

Ozone, which is currently being used by 20% of New Zealand councils, manages functions across regulatory, financial and customer service.

Datacom says the Origen team and the Ozone product strengthens Datacom's presence in delivering software, services and infrastructure for local authorities.  It claims around 70 per cent of councils in New Zealand as customers on various fronts.

In acquiring Origen, Datacom has even stronger in-house capability to deliver solutions to local government customers across Australia and New Zealand, Jonathan Usher, managing director of Datacom Solutions, said.

Roy Simpson, CEO of Origen, said the deal will accelerate investment in the Ozone product and provide long-term security for existing customers and staff.

Origen staff will stay in Tauranga and join Datacom’s Australasian-wide local government solutions team.

Usher said a near-term priority is to ensure cloud deployment options for Ozone as well as regulatory module support for the Australian local government sector.

Topics: New Zealand, Australia


Rob O'Neill is a writer for CBS Interactive based in Auckland, New Zealand covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet. He has previously worked for IDG, The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne's The Age as well as various business titles, most recently editing the Business Sunday section of New Zealand's weekly national news... Full Bio

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