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Assurity Consulting acquires Christchurch IT business Clarus

WELLINGTON - 22 November 2012

Assurity Consulting acquires Christchurch IT business Clarus

Assurity Consulting, New Zealand's leading testing and Agile consultancy, has agreed to acquire Clarus, an IT consulting practice based in Christchurch.

Both businesses have built outstanding reputations in improving software delivery outcomes for some of the country's largest commercial enterprises and government departments.

The acquisition expands Assurity's geographical reach and augments its service offer in testing, Agile delivery and Agile education.
The business' increased scale and capability will be used to drive adoption of Lean/Agile software delivery practices in New Zealand. Assurity CEO Garth Hamilton says:

"Both Assurity and Clarus have been driving towards the same goal – to challenge the status quo around how enterprises deliver their IT projects. We aim to lead them away from traditional approaches that no longer provide adequate value outcomes. The time for Lean/Agile software delivery approaches is now."

Agile approaches have often been the domain of smaller organisations. Now we are seeing larger organisations across the world rapidly adopting Lean/Agile practices to be able to respond faster and more effectively to business demands – but New Zealand is lagging. Hamilton says:

"The business of software delivery today is immensely challenging. Achieving total-value outcomes is not just about making sure software is right. It’s about the speed, frequency and sustainability of delivery too.

"That needs end-to-end 'system-thinking' that Lean/Agile approaches can provide. New Zealand enterprises are beginning to realise this. Now they just need the confidence to commit and aim for best-practice. We're here to help them do just that. With Clarus on board, we believe we can help our clients achieve this goal faster."

The acquisition provides Assurity with a new base in the South Island.

As part of Assurity's confidence and commitment to Christchurch, the business will also run its highly-regarded Graduate Recruitment programme in the Garden City.

Assurity Consulting Limited is a privately-held, 100% independent and 100% New Zealand-owned business. It is the country's leading independent software testing and Agile consultancy and employs over 120 staff at offices in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

Clarus is a values-driven IT consulting business that helps enterprises improve how they deliver IT projects. It has a strong testing presence in Christchurch and employs 23 staff and contractors.

Notes to editors:
All Employees of both business are being retained.
The acquisition will complete at the end of November.

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