March 05, 2014 - New Zealand-headquartered information and technology organisation Datacom is pleased to announce it has acquired Origen Technology Ltd.
Origen is a Tauranga-based technology company that has developed and extensively deployed Ozone, a world-class enterprise software platform for local authorities. Ozone manages core functions across regulatory, financial and customer service workloads for the local government sector and is currently being used by approximately 20 per cent of New Zealand Councils.
The Origen team and the Ozone product further strengthens a considerable presence that Datacom has in delivering software, services and infrastructure for local authorities. Datacom has worked with local authorities in New Zealand for over four decades, and today around 70 per cent of councils in New Zealand use software or services developed by Datacom.
Jonathan Usher, Managing Director of Datacom Solutions, says, “We are delighted to bring Ozone and the terrific Origen team into Datacom. Our clear goal is to be the partner of choice for the design, delivery and operation of technology based solutions and services for local government – furthering our vision of Sustainable Councils and Engaged Communities.”
“In acquiring Origen we now have an even stronger capability in-house to deliver truly end-to-end, world-class and innovative solutions to our local government customers across Australia and New Zealand.”
Roy Simpson, CEO of Origen, says, “We are all excited about the opportunities that joining forces with Datacom presents. We are passionate about the local government sector and together we can accelerate investment in the Ozone product, provide long-term security for existing customers and staff, and help even more councils across Australia and New Zealand deliver their services more cost-effectively and sustainably.”
All Origen staff will join Datacom’s Australasian-wide Local Government Solutions team and will continue to be based in Tauranga.
Datacom will continue to further enhance Ozone, significantly increasing the ongoing investment in its software products for local government and in related services capabilities.
Jonathan Usher says, “A key near term priority is to ensure cloud deployment options for Ozone as well as regulatory module support for the Australian local government sector, which we expect to be available this year.”
In New Zealand Datacom’s services to the local government sector range from supporting Regional Council functions such as resource consent processing and monitoring, environmental protection, providing award-winning websites, Intranets and online portals for citizens to interact with councils, assisting field workers with inspections, and automating services such as Land Information Memorandum (LIM) generation and consent lodgment.
In Australia Datacom provides Councils with implementation and support services for world-class Customer Relationship Management from Kana with Lagan and Electronic Document Management Solutions from HP with TRIM. In addition many Councils in Australia have adopted Datacom’s Cloud and Infrastructure services.