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Calvert Technologies, a multi-competency Microsoft Partner, provides high quality information technology support and consultancy services to businesses throughout Australia. The privately-owned company focuses on providing quality solutions that don’t “break the bank”, so that its clients enjoy real value and productivity with a low total cost of ownership. Visit the Calvert website at www.calvert.net.au.

Business IT expert Calvert Technologies warns that complacency is the greatest danger facing organisations that seek productivity and cost benefits by embracing technology trends such as mobility and the Cloud.

The media is awash with news of the possible hacking of the plans for ASIO’s new headquarters in Canberra. As announced on ABC’s Four Corners program  the story reveals that hackers, working from overseas, have targeted key Australian Federal Government departments and major corporations with intent to steal national security secrets and vital business information. There have also been recent reports of secret US military data being obtained by hackers – this includes weapons system information for the F-35 fighter.

As shocking as this news may be, what can be more alarming is the fact that it’s not just government and big business that is targeted. With the rapid growth in Internet connectivity, online services, BYOD policies, mobile devices and remote access (to name just a few) the chances of any business, or home, being compromised have risen to new levels. The crooks are getting more cunning and widening their attack targets.

Some of the common views we come across are “it won’t happen to me”, and “I don’t have anything the hackers would be interested in”. The first opinion is actually quite wrong as it’s not “if” it will happen to you but rather “when”. No company or individual is safe anymore. And the second opinion is undervaluing what these hackers can use you and your technology for.

Calvert's GM Mike ReidAdelaide-based smart business IT specialist Calvert Technologies continues its strong growth by appointing its first General Manager and recruiting two new members of staff.

Calvert has appointed its inaugural GM internally by promoting Mike Reid from the Service Delivery Manager role he held for three years.

Rhonda Smart has taken the reins as Service Delivery Manager, joining Calvert Technologies after a six-year stint as Administration and Finance Manager with Surgical & Medical Supplies. Before that, Rhonda was Branch Administration Manager for Schindler Lifts.

Calvert’s other new recruit is Sales Executive Shane Robins, an IT industry veteran of nearly three decades, whose first job was with pioneering South Australian PC manufacturer Microbyte Systems. Since then, Shane has worked for other Adelaide IT trailblazers including Protech Microsystems and Electronic Concepts. He has run his own finance and technology businesses for the past 10 years.

These latest hires brings Calvert’s head count to 15. The company has also recently deployed a new practice management system, called ConnectWise, to help streamline service delivery as it grows.

Calvert Technologies founder and managing director Dean Calvert said the new structure and employees provided the company with a solid base for continued growth. “We now have the people and the processes in place to maintain our growth, especially in the NT where we have strong demand,” he said.

Dean Calvert in Ride Like Crazy bike rideBusiness IT specialist Calvert Technologies is now offering Adelaide-based customers technology support for a fixed monthly fee.

Founded in 1995, Calvert Technologies is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner that supports customers ranging in size from small businesses to large government agencies.

Calvert’s fixed-rate Computer Support allows eligible customers to guarantee the availability of their computer networks for a predictable monthly cost.

Calvert’s founder and managing director Dean Calvert said the fixed-rate support service reduced the risk for customers. “It’s about removing the ‘sticker shock’ that can happen when an unexpected problem hits a customer’s network,” he said.

Dean Calvert (centre) with Microsoft’s Evan Williams and Pip MarlowAustralian small business technology expert Calvert Technologies has claimed the Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year award in the annual Microsoft Australia Partner Awards.

Calvert Technologies was presented with the Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year award last night at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Not only was Calvert Technologies the only South Australian company to win an award, the Adelaide-based business was the only South Australian Microsoft Partner to be recognised as a finalist across all 21 award categories and several thousand Microsoft Partners!

Calvert Technologies specialises in providing IT support and consultancy services to small businesses. The Microsoft Certified Partner focuses on providing quality solutions that don’t “break the bank”.