Artis nabs former OBS staffer to lead Victorian push

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Artis nabs former OBS staffer to lead Victorian push
Denis Hawkins

Artis Group has hired a new chief to lead its operations in Victoria, as it continues its acquisition hunt for Microsoft application partners in the state.

The Sydney-based SAP and Microsoft partner has appointed former client director of Melbourne-headquartered OBS, Denis Hawkins, as regional manager in Victoria.

Hawkins' move follows nine years at OBS, itself the subject of a major acquisition when it was purchased by Empired in 2013. The hiring is just the latest in a number of disruptions in the state's IT channel.

“The Victorian channel has certainly seen some significant upheaval over the last 12 months," said Artis Group chief executive officer Chris Greatrex.

Greatrex cited Dimension Data's purchase of 1,150-staff Melbourne-headquartered Oakton, as well as Empired's acquisition of OBS, eSavvy and Intergen, and Melbourne-headquartered RXP's string of acquisitions. This year Dialog also purchased Melbourne Microsoft Gold Partner Lynx IT.

Greatrex likened the the hiring of Hawkins to a “phoenix situation out of all the disruption in the Victorian market, providing us with further opportunity to grow.” 

Artis acquisition war chest is "brimming", following the purchase of Adelaide Microsoft Dynamics CRM services provider Tapestry last year.

The company will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. In December it signed its first partnership with Dicker Data to expand its SAP offering. 

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