Global application modernisation company Rocket Software has announced the expansion of its operations in Australia. Whilst the company has been working with customers in Australia, including Qantas, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Northern Territory Government, and NSW Police for almost 15 years, customer demand for the company’s growing mainframe and IBM i modernisation portfolio has led to a strategic decision to increase its footprint in the country. Rocket has been working on a broad range of initiatives in Australia, from leveraging technology, to better connecting citizens with government, to helping banks deliver more personalised services for their customers.
Chip Salyards, VP of International Sales at Rocket Software, has assumed an expanded role to manage Asia Pac/ANZ. Chip led the Asia Pacific region for BMC Software from 2008 to 2015. In. addition, three senior technology executives with extensive experience in the Asia Pacific market have joined the Rocket team to lead this expansion. Keith Garelja, formerly a Sales Manager at IBM Australia, is now a Senior Account Executive. Liam Leaney is the new Channel Lead for ANZ; he previously led sales teams at VMWare prior to joining Rocket. In addition, Paul Lin has joined as Senior Channel Manager for SE Asia. Lin previously held senior positions at both BT and Cisco Systems.
“Australia has an increasing need to modernise applications as well as leverage the shift toward mobile business, which is why we are excited to expand our involvement with growing companies in this part of the world,” comments Salyards. He further adds, “We are always delighted to work with forward-thinking customers and partners who want to accelerate growth, especially in today’s increasingly 24/7 global business climate.”