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Gracewood leaves Datacom for rival


TV commentator, blogger and Windows Phone 7 champion on gardening leave.

Art Vanderlay
Tue, 10 May 2011

Datacom principal architect Ben Gracewood is on the move.

Staff were told today that Mr Gracewood is departing for rival IT services outfit Intergen (a Microsoft specialist co-founded by Rich Lister Rod Drury in 1995 as Glazier Systems).

Mr Gracewood went on gardening leave after his new role was announced.

His start date at his new employer has get to be set, but Mr Gracewood told NBR that "I'm joining Intergen as a solutions architect, working with Chris Auld and Intergen's group that works directly with Microsoft Corp - yes, Redmond-  on various often top-secret projects."

The Aucklander has gained a high profile in the tech community through his Qantas Media Award-nominated Ben Geek blog, his gadget review slot on TVNZ's Breakfast (which he resigned in the teeth of the Paul Henry scandal), his large Twitter following, his co-hosting of the cult Discourse podcast, and his at times lonely role in championing Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform.

Majority owned by its chairman, John Holdsworth, Datacom is New Zealand's largest IT services company, with around 3500 staff.

Pointing to a blog on Microsoft Dynamics, Mr Gracewood said the smaller Intergen (which has around 200 staff) has "been experiencing huge growth in this area, and I'm looking forward to helping them grow even further."

Majority owned by its chairman, John Holdsworth, Datacom is New Zealand's largest IT services company, with around 3500 staff.

Pointing to a blog on Microsoft Dynamics, Mr Gracewood said the smaller Intergen has "been experiencing huge growth in this area, and I'm looking forward to helping them grow even further."

Majority owned by its chairman, John Holdsworth, Datacom is New Zealand's largest IT services company, with around 3500 staff.

Pointing to a blog on Microsoft Dynamics, Mr Gracewood said the smaller Intergen has "been experiencing huge growth in this area, and I'm looking forward to helping them grow even further."

Art Vanderlay
Tue, 10 May 2011
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