Categories
Business update Media

Unico welcomes Roland Thomas as CEO of uSpark & JourneyHub

Unico welcomes Roland Thomas as CEO of uSpark & JourneyHub

20 October 2021

We are excited to announce the appointment of Roland Thomas to the position of CEO uSpark and JourneyHub.

Commenting on the appointment, John Rowland, Managing Director said “Roland has been a member of the uSpark board since its inception, and I am excited for him to transition into the role of CEO of both uSpark and JourneyHub. He has a wealth of experience within both the technology industry and start up space and will be an invaluable asset to Unico, uSpark and JourneyHub. I look forward to watching the businesses develop and grow under his leadership”.

Roland Thomas said “I am excited to continue the fantastic work of the uSpark team and I am dedicated to the strategy and execution required to turn ideas into businesses with uSpark’s novel partnering model. uSpark realises both internal insights and innovation as well as a growing cohort of external founders with a unique blend of the technical horsepower of Unico, a collegiate innovation culture and an understanding of how tech companies work”.

Roland is also excited to take JourneyHub to the next level with careful attention to strategy, execution, and financing whilst enabling customers to fluidly move through CBD locations and high-density areas.

Roland Thomas, CEO uSpark & JourneyHub

Roland Thomas

Roland joins Unico with over 35 years of leadership experience supporting software businesses and start-ups to navigate the strategic, operational, and financial challenges they face as they grow. He has experience in IP rich sectors including Product Lifecycle Management, Statistics, Safety and Reliability, Manufacturing Analytics, and Fintech. Roland has led both public and private businesses in the USA and Australia as well as holding several corporate and not for profit board positions.

The company’s story began in Melbourne as a successful private bootstrapped company before he led a buy-out bringing venture investment, first in Australia and then in the USA. This enabled the company to develop and move its corporate infrastructure to the USA before its NASDAQ IPO. Moldflow was ultimately sold to Autodesk [NASDAQ:ADSK] in 2008. Roland joined the young 5 person company in 1982 as the first developer beyond the founder, and concluded being Chairman, President and CEO of Moldflow Corp [NASDAQ:MFLO] from 2002 until 2008 when it was sold to Autodesk [NASDAQ: ADSK]. At that stage Moldflow was a Boston based engineering software company with over 300 people in operations throughout the globe. Its customers were the world’s largest electronics, automotive, medical and chemical companies.


John Rowland

Managing Director

Categories
Business update Partners

The largest Oracle MySQL NDB Cluster in the Southern Hemisphere

The largest Oracle MySQL NDB Cluster in the Southern Hemisphere

When one of Australia’s largest telecommunications providers needed a new mission-critical platform for provisioning millions of mobile, fixed, and broadband services, they turned to us – Australia’s leading Oracle MySQL technology partner – to develop a solution.

We developed an “always on technology” mobile provisioning and fixed service orchestration solution that deployed the largest Oracle MySQL NDB Cluster in the Southern Hemisphere.

The solution stores millions of services and involves:

  • Taking provisioning orders from multiple CRMs and orchestrating these orders across many network devices to activate fixed and mobile services.
  • Maintaining a comprehensive service inventory of customer network data that is used throughout the provisioning process.
  • Complex service and cross service orchestration when provisioning these services into various network systems.
  • Zero touch provisioning, with self-healing through existing state determination and use of automated retry with no manual intervention.
  • Fully configurable so new services and devices can be added as needed.

Oracle MySQL enabled us to deliver a single centralised database for all service inventory data resulting in significant cost savings. These solutions incorporated the MySQL database and have benefitted extensively from its function, performance, and reliability.

We have been working with Oracle MySQL for over ten years, resulting in numerous highly complex mission critical technology solutions. We have also deployed the Oracle Communications Service Gateway (OCSG) into a leading Australian Telco to provide a ‘Network As A Service’ (NaaS) gateway.

Categories
Business update Insights Media

Unico welcomes Thomas Crawford as CFO

Unico welcomes Thomas Crawford as CFO

7 June 2021

John Rowland, Managing Director Unico is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas (Tom) Crawford as Chief Financial Officer of the company. This follows the announcement that David Goode will be stepping into a strategic advisor role assessing investments for Unico and uSpark.

Tom will join Unico on Monday, 7 June 2021, and will be supported by David in the transition and handover.

Commenting on the appointment, John Rowland, Managing Director said “I am excited to have Tom on board and look forward to continuing our diversification strategy and achieving our strategic growth ambitions. He joins us from Adecco Group where he worked in the UK and Australia, and his experience includes professional services technology, and recruitment. I would also like to thank David Goode for his tremendous effort over the last couple of years and look forward to continuing to work with him on Unico and uSpark investments.”

Tom Crawford, CFO

Tom Crawford said “I am thrilled to be joining Unico. I have long held a passion for optimising business performance through technology, and I look forward to working with John, the Executive, and the wider Unico business on achieving the company’s strategic growth objectives.”

Tom Crawford

Before joining Unico, Tom Crawford was the CFO of the Adecco Group’s New Zealand operations, driving a return to profitability for the country and successfully diversifying the business into high-growth industries.

Tom held several senior leadership roles with Adecco and was talent-tracked through Adecco’s international future leaders’ program, gaining exposure to a wide range of industries and markets.

Tom helped to set up the finance function and provide strategic direction to a fledgling technology company of the Adecco Group and worked for several years as a finance business partner for the professional technology services brands of the Adecco Group.

Tom started his career in finance on a graduate program with Reed, the largest privately owned recruitment business in the UK. From there, he successfully secured international assignments to help transform finance operations in South Korea and Australia for the Reed Global Group.

Professionally, his key passions are in empowering and developing high-performing teams, optimizing finance and business processes through technology, and positioning finance as a business partner to help drive profitable sustainable growth.

Outside of work, Tom is passionate about travel, learning new languages and cultures, and enjoys cooking and spending time with his family.

Tom is a member of the chartered management accountants (CIMA) and holds a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of York in the UK.


John Rowland

Managing Director

Categories
Business update Media

Defence Strategic Advisor – Harry Moffitt

Retired SAS Team Commander, Harry Moffitt, leading defence charge

31 May 2021

Harry Moffitt is a strategic defence advisor to Unico in the Defence and Government sector. He brings to the table over 30 years of experience in defence and holds top security clearance.

Harry is supporting Unico with our diversification strategy and continues to build out our experience in the Defence and Government sectors. Unico offers an extensive range of services for Defence, government and public sector including satellite provisioning, digital transformation, information and communications technology, system integration and bespoke technology solutions.

Recently retired, Harry is a former SAS Team Commander turned organisational psychologist. He has extensive military and government experience at operational and administrative levels and an exceptional track record in strategic and tactical decision making and leadership.

Harry is engaging, transformative, and highly principled with an excellent ability to build strong strategic relationships. He has extensive experience working at the board and senior executive level across industry and habitually engages at Ministerial levels of the federal government. He has a unique and deep understanding of cultural and organisational transformation and is passionate about sovereign capability development.

Harry’s outstanding strategic and political acumen, combined with his background as a strategic advisor for various defence transformation projects, perfectly matches Unico’s ambition to expand capability offering in defence and government.


Harry Moffitt

Categories
Business update Media

Land Forces 2021

Unico is excited to be attending Land Forces 2021

1-3 June 2021

Unico is excited to be heading to Brisbane next week to attend Land Forces 2021. Our Public Sector specialist Brent Wijnberd will be flying solo, if you see him make sure to say hi. Fun facts: Brent is a massive fan of country music, plays guitar, and loves Bruce Springsteen.

As an Australian founded and 100% resourced technology company, we pride ourselves on serving the Australian community and its people. Our people are NV1 and NV2 cleared, and are based in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney, and are experienced with Microsoft Azure.

Unico offers an extensive range of services for Defence, government and public sector including satellite provisioning, digital transformation, information and communications technology, system integration and bespoke technology solutions.

We look forward to connecting.


Categories
Business update Media

Melbourne Business School Wandering Warriors Scholarship

wandering warriors veterans scholarship program
veterans scholarship program

Omni Executive & Unico are proud to support the Melbourne Business School ‘Wandering Warriors Scholarship’

7 April 2020

Omni Executive & Unico are proud to support Wandering Warriors through the Melbourne Business School ‘Wandering Warriors Scholarship’. The Wandering Warriors Scholarship for veterans program will provide veterans with the opportunity to study, grow, and develop through Australia’s leading MBA program, equipping them will the skills, experience, and network to successfully transition out of defence and further their future career. 

Omni Executive and Unico, have joined forces to deliver end to end high availability mission-critical solutions to the Australian public sector. Both look forward to working with Wandering Warriors and the Melbourne Business School to grow the veterans scholarship program and continue to support our deserving veteran community.

On Thursday, 22 April, Unico and Omni Executive will be hosting a launch event, if you are interested in attending please register your interest below:

Event details:

Date: Thursday, 22 April

Time: 5.30pm -7.30pm

Location: Situation Room, National Press Club of Australia, 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

RSVP: Please click here to confirm your attendance by Friday, 16 April. We look forward to seeing you at the launch

John Rowland, Managing Director


John Rowland

Managing Director

Categories
Business update Insights Media

Open for business COVID-19 latest update

Open for business COVID-19 latest update

27 March 2020

We are committed to servicing you and your business-critical IT infrastructure and remain fully operational.

COVID-19 latest

Early last week we activated our business continuity plan (BCP). Our BCP facilitates a rational, calm approach whilst acting in accordance with directives from the Australian Government.

Our team is set up with robust IT remote access infrastructure, enabling them to work remotely as required. Minimising disruption to our customers and partners is high priority, second only to the health and wellbeing of our people, customers and community.

If you have any concerns or questions about your interactions with our team during this time, please reach out to your Unico contact.

John Rowland, Managing Director


John Rowland

Managing Director

X