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Tuesday, 16 August 2022 15:29

Somerville celebrates 40 years of innovation in Australia

By Somerville
Somerville team celebrating ithe company's 40th anniversary Somerville team celebrating ithe company's 40th anniversary

COMPANY NEWS: Somerville, one of the most experienced end-to-end Technology service providers in Australia, is this month celebrating its 40th anniversary since the company was founded riding a wave of strong year-on-year growth and continuing to underpin the complex demands of its growing customer base.

Established in 1982 by its current CEO Craig Somerville, the Australian technology service provider started out as an electrical contracting business and over the years has made significant contributions to the Australian IT channel business ecosystem and delivered innovation to many of Australia’s leading mid-market organisations and to the K-12 education sector. Today, the company employs a team of 80 people and continues to experience strong year-on-year growth.

Somerville’s customer base in 2022 includes over 500 mid-market organisations across the education, banking and finance, professional services and manufacturing spheres, many of which have relied on the company to operate as their de facto IT department for more than a decade.

From the outset, Somerville’s business approach has incorporated a company culture determined to satisfy the evolving technology and service needs of its customers. Over the years, Somerville has been delivering innovation and services in everything from support for endpoints and networks to security and cloud platform integration. During this time, the company has invested millions of dollars into its network infrastructure to ensure it has the capability to deliver cutting-edge solutions to clients. This infrastructure is high performance, scalable, resilient and bullet-proof with an emphasis on security.

Indeed, earlier this year, Somerville announced the launch of a $1.2 million national network upgrade, powered by Cisco carrier network technologies, to support its expanding customer base and cater to demanding connectivity requirements. The upgrade doubled the company’s network capacity and supports the company’s strategy to build a resilient network infrastructure to support customer connectivity requirements and guarantee network uptime.

“We’ve enjoyed a fantastic 40-year journey and over this time have both employed and worked alongside an amazingly talented, highly skilled and diverse workforce which enabled us to capitalise on our early success in the cloud to serve the needs of many of today’s high-profile enterprises,” says Craig Somerville, Founder and CEO, Somerville. “Over the years, we’ve tapped into this momentum to extend our offerings in the areas of networking, connectivity, security and managed services to satisfy the growing demand from our customers in the region.

Somerville’s services are grouped into four technology pillars: Connect, Cloud, Secure, and the Modern Workplace. Together, they allow the company to build bespoke solutions that fully align with client requirements. In addition, each of Somerville’s clients has direct access to an Australian-based skilled technical engineer.

In the 2022 financial year, Somerville’s headcount rose 12 per cent, turnover was up by 15 per cent and the company achieved year-on-year growth of 20 per cent. At the same time, the company rebranded in 2021 which included a new logo, imagery and messaging to represent a forward-thinking approach to the way the industry has evolved.

Alex Wong, Head of IT at LSH Auto, says, “For me, Somerville is one of those companies that are big enough to deliver – and small enough to care. Somerville is the right fit for our own business. They are their own ISP, they have tech talent and purchasing power, and LSH is not like a drop in the ocean for them. You can’t match the skills of a dedicated solutions provider, so choosing a provider like Somerville gives you access to the best of the best.”

Key Milestones:

1985: Somerville Networking Division established

1995: Systems Division established

1997: ISP service (Managed Security Service Provider) launched

2010: Opens Brisbane office

2011: Managed Services Division launched

2013: Private Cloud Services launched

2015: Cybersecurity Division defined

2021: Expanded network into New Zealand

Somerville says, “In the immediate future, the years ahead will see us laser focused on infrastructure and delivering innovation in multi-cloud while at the same time continuing to accelerate our security practice momentum. We’re absolutely stoked with excitement about the potential for technology to deliver a better tomorrow and looking forward to playing a part in realising the true potential of Australia’s digital future in the years ahead.

“Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a extend a huge vote of thanks to all our past and current employees for their incredible dedication and contribution to supporting our culture of innovation and customer centricity which has stood the test of time over many decades. As in the past 40 years, our skilled employees will continue to enable us to bring best in class support to the evolving technology requirements of Australian business.”

About Somerville

As one of the most experienced end-to-end Technology services providers in Australia, Somerville has been delivering 40 years of exceptional service and value to our customers across a wide range of industries including finance, education, legal, insurance, superannuation and automotive. We believe in forging genuine partnerships with our customers, and take the time to understand business needs and internal IT capabilities, to develop innovative solutions to IT challenges that enables change for tomorrow and beyond. Our services include: connectivity, security, cloud, modern workplace, and hardware and software procurement, delivered by our Australian-based team of skilled engineers and all backed by proactive 24x7x365 support, so organisations can rest assured their critical systems are up and running round the clock.

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