Boom in defence and strong demand for ICT skills drives A-DB Group to new heights
Thursday, February 07, 2008 - A-DB Group
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Queensland-based A-DB Group of Companies is helping its South Australian subsidiary Igatech celebrate a lifetime in the ICT industry this week. With 25 years under its belt and bright prospects ahead, Igatech is benefiting from a booming South Australian defence sector and strong demand for ICT workforce education and database management throughout the country.
Igatech has survived the industry's boom and bust cycles to contribute to A-DB Group's doubling its profit in 2007 on revenue of $6 million, with continued strong growth.
"Igatech is helping skill up staff in-house who conduct vital database management and software engineering in a world that depends on information," says Julie irwin, executive chairman of A-DB Group.
As part of the nationwide group, Igatech supplies data management technology for business productivity improvement, including remote support and training, for leading vendor products such as Oracle, Microsoft, HP and Sun.
The company's long-term strategy to employ people who already have defence security clearance as well as defence software engineering skills has also paid off with Igatech's selection for the Defence Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation (RPDE) Program.
"The RPDE has cut down the time for small companies like ours to apply for defence work from about a year to just a few weeks for decisions to be made," Ms Irwin said.
Similarly, the company participates in the SA Government's innovative eProjects Panel, which was launched in 2007 to help cut the time to apply for projects valued up to $700,000.
In 2002, A-DB Group's Oracle Education Centre was accredited as an Oracle Authorised Education Centre, providing the only official certified Oracle education in South Australia, delivered by Igatech consultants.
But times have not always been as bright. As the result of a short-lived takeover in 2004, about $2 million was wiped from Igatech's revenue.
"That was a mismatch but luckily both sides saw the light," says Igatech's co-founder, Gordon Brimble. "By sheer hard work, we maintained our excellent reputation and our strong history with the defence, commercial and education sectors, which account for about one third each of revenue today."
A-DB acquired 75 percent of Igatech Corporation in 2006, creating Australia's largest database management specialist group.
With 23 staff located in Adelaide, Igatech now draws on the skills of a large team of ICT consultants across Australia.
"We are quality certified to ISO9001, a Commonwealth Government Endorsed Supplier, a member of the Defence Industrial Security Program, and an Alliance Partner of Oracle, Microsoft and Sun," Mr Brimble said.
Leading defence and aerospace company BAE Systems is Igatech's oldest continuous customer, while Santos, Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS), and Origin Energy are key clients.
"Measuring a year in the computer industry is a bit like counting dog years - so much has been accomplished over the course of just two decades," Ms Irwin says. "We are justifiably proud to claim successful delivery of services over such a long period - it truly is a testament to our agility in such a fast-changing industry and marketplace."