The Instillery and Vo2 Group announced overnight that from June 1st the two IT companies will merge, as part of The Instillery’s ambitious growth plan. The new entity will work under The Instillery brand, with offices in Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Manawatu, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay servicing hundreds of clients throughout New Zealand.
This catapults Auckland-based The Instillery into new territories with the combined firepower of more than a 100 of New Zealand’s leading tech talent and combined revenues exceeding $20M.
The Instillery remains 100 percent Kiwi owned with a focus on helping New Zealand businesses achieve their goals here and on the global stage. Mike Jenkins, CEO and founder of The Instillery, says, “This isn’t about being bigger, this is about being more to our customers, and is a direct result of the demand in market.”
Jason Trower, Vo2 founder, board member and shareholder of Vo2, says, “We have some fantastic businesses in the regions that are leading the world in biotech, agri tech, information systems, genetics and many other fields – being able to offer these companies information technology solutions that are world class and are delivered by a local company will be a win-win for us all.”
The Instillery executive director Ross Jenkins says, “After nearly five years as CFO/COO of Xero I have a clear view of the benefits cloud technology can offer our customers – the opportunity to share these benefits with a wider audience made this merger so compelling.”
While the merger brings unprecedented scale and exciting new capability to The Instillery, Mike Jenkins is adamant some things won’t change. “We will continue to challenge what a tech company should look like, bringing new tech to customers and a fresh collaborative approach. It’s about breaking free of the past and the poor outsource models that hinder, rather than help, businesses reach their potential,” says Jenkins.
“The market has evolved and more companies recognise the undeniable benefits of all forms of cloud and automation technology. Joining forces with the team at Vo2 gives us the scale to offer that value to all of our current and new customers, offering clients best in class now, as they move to the cloud and when they get there.”
The Instillery has won many industry accolades for their bold approach as a first mover in the multi-cloud area, also offering SD-WAN and Cloud security services. The merger further fulfils the company’s ability to offer customers hybrid-cloud solutions and core SaaS applications such as Office 365.
Although the business is only 5 years old, The Instillery has a proven ability to shake up the market, which is recognised through numerous industry awards and impressive customers. The new-look Instillery will count Auckland Council, Vector, Sanford, LIC, Powerco, Fonterra and TSB Bank amongst their enterprise clientele and a wide variety of mid-market customers that include Craggy Range, CooperAitken, Cancer Society, World, Madam Woo and Eat My Lunch.
“If there was a lot of talk about us in market before this, there should be even more now,” says Mike Jenkins. “We’re not stopping and we’re not slowing down. We’re just going to put our focus on pushing fast forward for our customers.”
Details on the entity
The Instillery will be lead by Mike Jenkins as founder and director of The Instillery, alongside executive director Ross Jenkins (former owner/operator of Computerland and more recently CFO / COO of Xero). The newly established Board of Directors will include Ross Jenkins, Mike Jenkins and Vo2 founder and well regarded Waikato businessman, Jason Trower.
The Instillery are only months short of their fifth birthday, a significant milestone for one of NZ’s brightest ICT start-ups, whose dedicated cloud native team have been working with Kiwi start-ups, enterprises and government agencies and winning numerous industry awards along the way. Founder Mike Jenkins was recognised in 2017 as NZ’s ICT Industry Emerging Leader of the Year. Services they offer include transformation of enterprise security IT, networking architectures, SD-WAN, web security and digital automation. Core to The Instillery’s philosophy is data portability combined with a truly productised approach, tailored to solve clients’ most complex business and IT challenges, at a lower cost for higher quality with a velocity they’ve never experienced before.
Vo2 has been in existence for over 10 years, having most recently split from the CodeBlue group in mid 2016. Vo2 is widely regarded as a leader in professional information technology (ICT) consulting, integration, managed services and talent management across regional New Zealand, with offices in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and the Manawatu. Vo2’s impressive stable of diverse and loyal clients range from professional services firms such as Cooper Aitken, to New Zealand’s second largest electricity and gas distribution business, Powerco, extending to New Zealand’s well-renowned global herd improvement and agritech company Livestock Improvement (LIC). While their offering includes consulting and delivery, at the heart of Vo2’s regional services is their mission-critical 24-hour, 7-day service desk capability which powers their end-user support model.
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