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Enterprise IT, Featured, News - Thursday, December 5, 2013 13:41 - 0 Comments
news Long-term Oracle Australia and New Zealand managing director Ian White has resigned from his post and will leave the company, ending an eight and half year tenure successfully leading the local operations of one of the globe’s largest technology giants.
White was appointed as vice president and regional managing director of Oracle’s Australia and New Zealand business eight years and seven months ago, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to that point, he was general manager of Oracle’s Western Region for over seven years. During that time, the executive has steered Oracle’s local operations through countless changes.
Most of those changes have been associated with Oracle’s many acquisitions, some of which have caused significant change within the company’s Australian customer base — not all of it easy to deal with.
In January 2006, for example, Oracle bought rival software vendor Siebel Systems. The acquisition spurred a number of very public complaints by some Australian customers, who took to customer forums to publicly make their concerns known.
The March 2007 acquisiion of business intelligence software vendor Hyperion was less controversial but still brought Oracle a number of new Australian customers, as did the January 2008 acquisition of BEA Systems. Primavera followed that same year in October, but it wasn’t until January 2010 that the next really big buyout happened, when Oracle finally put paid to the lengthy decline of Sun Microsystems by buying the company and re-tooling its hardware offerings to support Oracle’s software stack.
Another significant acquisitions included the October 2011 buyout of RightNow Technologies, a cloud CRM vendor.
Over the past eight and a half years, Oracle has also been involved in many major projects. The Australian Taxation Office’s mammoth Change Program used Siebel software, as did the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Systems for People Initiative. Oracle is currently engaged in a massive core banking replacement project with the National Australia Bank.
Throughout this period, White has stewarded Oracle Australia and New Zealand securely; safeguarding the local implications of dozens upon dozens of acquisitions, helping to oversee major software projects and keeping controversy and customer problems to a minimum. He has also integrated hardware products into Oracle’s line-up, as well as local datacentre-delivered software as a service offerings.
Along the way, Oracle Australia and New Zealand’s revenue has grown substantially, and the executive has outlasted the local managing directors of virtually every other enterprise IT vendor — becoming a stalwart of the constantly changing industry. Continue…