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Provoke achieves “5 offices on 3 continents” goal

Provoke achieves “5 offices on 3 continents” goal with the opening of South East Asia subsidiary

Today Provoke Limited announced the opening of Provoke Solutions Asia with the establishment of their new office in Singapore and the appointment of Paul Harris to the role of General Manager South East Asia.

Mason Pratt, Provoke’s CEO is justifiably pleased with the achievement. “A major part of our 5 year vision has been what we called “5 on 3”, the establishment of 5 offices on 3 continents. Opening our Seattle office last year was a huge step towards this and 12 months later it is extremely satisfying to have now achieved this objective.”

Provoke’s focus now shifts to consolidating these positions through the same unique blend of design and technology that has seen them become one of New Zealand’s leading solutions providers.

As for the solutions that they will be offering in the region, Provoke are taking a “softly, softly” approach. “One of the principles that has been central to our success to date is knowing where our expertise lies” says Pratt. ”We are well aware that we have a lot to learn about the cultures of the countries that we are now serving and as such we will be focusing our services on the key areas of business process automation, workflow, and enterprise document management that are common across business, no matter where you operate. The experience we have to offer in this area is second to none, and I have no doubt that our expertise, coupled with our design and user experience background, will bring something new to Singapore and the South East Asia region. As we gain a better understanding of the business environment, and the needs of our customers, we will bring our full kit bag of solutions to bear.”

Paul joins Provoke from Microsoft, where he held a number of senior roles, most recently that of Global Architect. He brings a wealth of strategic and technical knowledge and is a specialist in business optimisation. Paul has worked with some of the world’s largest organisations, with deep expertise in the telecommunications and financial services sectors.

“I’m really excited to be at the spearhead of Provoke’s expansion into South East Asia”, says Harris. “I’ve long seen a need for the expertise and skills that Provoke has to offer and I have no doubt that businesses in the region will be quick to recognize that Provoke can help them achieve their financial and operational goals.”

The expansion into South East Asia has been a considered one, and the establishment of Provoke Solutions Asia Pte. Ltd. in Singapore, a 100% owned subsidiary of Provoke Limited, has provided a business hub for expansion. Provoke Solutions Makati Inc., has also been opened, and the office will be operated and staffed in the Philippines. “We completed a number of projects in Manila last year, and we found the talent and work ethos of the local teams to have great resonance with our business culture. When we were planning our expansion into Asia, we didn’t think twice about opening in Manila, knowing that we would be able to find and attract some very talented people to join our business” said Provoke’s CFO, John “JR” Robson.

Paul Harris commenced his role with Provoke on the 26th of November.

About Provoke

Founded in 2001 with the mission to create compelling and valuable web experiences, Provoke Solutions has become a world leader in online development, mobile solutions, unified communications and experience design consultancy.

Provoke has a rich pedigree in design-led software development and have core competencies in; portals and collaboration, content management, search, mobile, cloud, unified communications and business intelligence. They offer the full suite of services, from strategic consulting, through to design, development and integration.

A long-term Microsoft Gold partner, in 2011 Provoke's industry-leading work and commitment to innovation were rewarded with being named as Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand.

Provoke has 90+ staff worldwide with offices in Wellington, Auckland, Singapore, Manila and Seattle.


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