PKBA launches local incubation arm

Paradigm Technology Group designed as a development and commercialisation vehicle for local technologies

SMB managed services player, PK Business Advantage, has taken the wrappers off a dedicated incubation arm to help develop and commercialise home-grown technologies.

The new subsidiary, Paradigm Technology Group, will help develop and enhance as well as provide the commercialisation engine for next-generation software and services. The new business unit was launched at PKBA's Expo08 event in Adelaide this week.

"We see a void in the market for this type of commercialisation and development and a real opportunity," PK commercial director, Marl Stead, said. "By formalising this type of stand-alone incubator, we're giving local developers a ready vehicle to go to market."

PKBA was launched last year by Kaz Group founder, Peter Kazacos, to provide metro and regional SMBs with converged telco and IT services under a managed services model. As well as working with larger multinational vendors such as Microsoft, Citrix and Cisco, the business has had a mandate to deliver and support Australian software products. Local partners include Turbosoft, NetLeverage and Retriever Communications.

Paradigm's first technology areas of focus are virtualisation, applications delivery and mobility. Stead said a key aim was to offer "next-step" applications and services which could be delivered across high-speed networks.

He said Telstra's recent decision to switch on its ADSL2+ network at over 900 exchanges across the country would open further doors for technology to be delivered as a managed service.

"Some of this will be proprietary technology and some will be exclusive technologies - we have spent a lot of time in the last quarter developing these technologies," he said.

Solutions which feature multiple technologies or enhancements will be bundled as a Paradigm offering, Stead said.

PKBA will be the national services and support arm for Paradigm's emerging solutions in the short- to medium-term, but Stead said it could look at opening up access to third-party integrators down the track.

The subsidiary was also looking for additional funding from third-party investors and planned to appoint a dedicated Paradigm support team, Stead said.