From typewriters to the cloud – OPC IT continues to grow

Tim Benson 14 March 2018
Brett Norton (OPC IT) and Andrew Senti and Alex Cannell (Sennell).

Brett Norton (OPC IT) and Andrew Senti and Alex Cannell (Sennell). Photo: Supplied.

OPC IT is a beacon on the Canberra managed technology services landscape. Their light is shining even brighter after the recent announcement they have acquired another local provider, Sennell.

OPC IT has operated in Canberra for over 30 years – yes kiddies, that’s before the internet – and have moved from typewriters to the cloud and beyond.

In recent years, OPC IT has moved into flashy new offices in Fyshwick, become a Dell EMC platinum partner and a Microsoft gold partner, and joined the Federal Government’s Cloud Services Panel.

The acquisition of Sennell will grow OPC IT’s staff from 27 to 32 and client base from around 60 to 100.

OPC IT, managing director, Brett Norton said, “We are very pleased to acquire Sennell because we get a team of very experienced technical specialists, with a robust client base and an opportunity to grow our business partnership with DELL.”

Previous owners of Sennell, Andrew Senti and Alex Cannell, said the time was right for them to align their business with OPC IT.

“We would have had to make significant changes, in relation to time, money and resources, if we wanted to grow. So, we thought better it better to sell to OPC IT,” Andrew said.

Brett says that he has been impressed with Andrew and Alex during the transition.

“Andrew and Alex run a tight ship and have a great team. Four weeks in we have seamlessly moved their operation in with OPC IT,” Brett said.

And, of course, the admiration from Sennell was mutual.

“We respect Brett as he is an icon in our industry. When we decided to sell we didn’t approach anyone else. We are really pleased with the outcome,” Andrew said.

So, where to for OPC IT now?

“We intend to settle in for the next 12 months and transition our new customers,” Brett said.

And the future of the managed IT industry?

“The future of our business is in the Cloud and it has never been more important to have an IT company managing your IT services,” Brett concluded.

Do you see the future of your business or IT managed services in the ‘cloud’?

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