Thursday, 27 October 2011 16:41
An IT manager at Christchurch web company Hairy Lemon had anything but a sour taste in his mouth after winning a CIO award last night.
Connon Daly took out the "Emerging ICT Talent" category at the CIO awards ceremony held in Auckland.
The emerging talent category is new this year, and aims to recognise New Zealand's top IT professionals under the age of 30.
Daly will now move to a general manager role at Hairy Lemon, which provides web design and search engine marketing services internationally and nationwide.
CIO judges praised Daly for the leadership of his IT team in the aftermath of the February earthquake.
"Connon impressed the judges with his leadership potential, committment to his organisation and customers, and his forward thinking."
Following the February 22 quake Hairy Lemon's original office on Victoria Street in Christchurch's CBD was flooded by automatic sprinklers, and the company's servers were inaccessible.
Thursday, 27 October 2011 16:39
Christchurch web design company hairyLemon is bearing fruit - in the form of a subsidiary company.
The new company, which launches on August 1, will be called IT Team and will focus on providing IT support for small businesses.
With about 12 "decent-sized" clients already, the firm is focused on providing cloud mail and online backup systems.
IT Team general manager Connon Daly has been running the hairyLemon tech team for several years and handling IT services for hairyLemon clients but it was now a division of the business that was ready to go out on its own, he said.
It had been difficult to get new IT services clients because they considered hairyLemon primarily a web design company and did not realise it also managed networks.
The IT Team is fully owned by hairyLemon directors Sue Wilkinson and Graham Dockrill and has five full-time staff including Daly, but would likely grow to about eight "very soon", Daly said.