You know new technology would make a massive difference to your business but what do you need and where do you find it?
At Global Office we’re experts in helping Kiwi companies, and others around the world, identify the technology they need and either sourcing it or building it for them.
It’s a company rule that we don’t talk tech. We listen, listen, listen and then discuss the possibilities in plain English until we find exactly what will catapult your business to the next level.
At Global Office, we know that businesses aren’t confined within four walls. They are out on the road delivering supplies; on the factory floor packaging products; and communicating with clients across the country and the world. Today, every office is a global office.
If you are spread across multiple activities and multiple sites, customised technology is the most effective way to streamline your business; track day-to-day activity; improve business-to-business connections; store data; and reduce costs.
Sometimes our clients know they have a problem that could be solved by technology, while others simply know they would benefit from using more strategic technology in their businesses. Either way, we have the skills to listen, learn and deliver the very best solution for your company.
We are technology experts and like nothing more than a gnarly problem that can be solved by designing exciting new software. Our breadth of experience means that nothing fazes us. Recently, we have designed an app for a logistics company wanting to track supplies and deliveries; an intricate asset management system for an equipment hire company; and a new online engagement tool for a large organisation wanting to keep in touch with its members. We pride ourselves on making sure new technology works well with every client’s existing system and, when needed, can communicate with other businesses’ systems.
When new technology is installed, we work with everyone in the company who needs to use it, not just the boss. We know that for companies to make the most of technology, the people who use it everyday need to know it like the back of their hand and understand why it’s important. We’re also great at working alongside other tech companies who regularly use us to build custom-designed software solutions for their clients.
One of the things our clients like most about us is that after a piece of new technology has been introduced, we’ll be around to provide back up and support for the long term. Global Office is more than 20 years old and still growing strong from its Christchurch base.
Global Office is a values-based business. Our Core Values define who we are, how we work, and what we believe in.
PeopleEverything we do relies on great relationships – with our customers, our colleagues and partner agencies. We are committed to building relationships that go the distance.
InnovationWe are creative thinkers dedicated to improving businesses with out-of-the-box thinking. It’s what keeps us motivated and loving what we do!
IntegrityWe’ll do what we have promised. Our word is our bond.
CommunicationGood communication and great relationships go hand-in-hand. We don’t talk tech. We listen carefully and speak in plain English. We respond promptly and like to work through issues face to face.
TransparencyWe are committed to total transparency, within our team and to our clients. We’ll always give our best advice, even if it isn’t what you want to hear.
We love solving problems and creating cool solutions. It’s why we work at Global Office.
Highlight of working at Global Office: Talking to people about their businesses and observing the transformation of organisations once they have embraced cloud technologies.
Favourite app: Uber.
What do you do for fun? Play golf and guitar.
Favourite quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right,” – Henry Ford
Highlight of working at Global Office: The broad exposure we have to different organisations and businesses across the world.
Favourite app: Definitely Trello!
Comfort food: Aged rib eye steak. So good!
Pet peeve: OMG people need to just clean the coffee machine properly. If that happened, then I wouldn’t have anything to complain about. Ok, that’s a lie, but there wouldn’t be much.
Nick Witteman B.C.M.
Favourite app: For work - Visual Studio. For home - Netflix.
Why do you love Christchurch? It’s a flat city for easy commuting but the Port Hills are right next door for trail riding/walking/running, or if you just want to escape the rat race.
Comfort food: Chips with onion dip.
What do you do for fun? Football (soccer) and mountain biking.
Phil de Bruin
Chief Technology Officer
Highlight of working at Global Office: Our variety of software projects means we have gained a lot of experience across a number of different business environments. We have a good balance of work between new projects and improvements to existing applications.
Who is your hero? Muhammed Ali, because he told himself he could and then did the work to make it happen.
Comfort food: Canadian chilli cheese fries.
Chief Operating Officer
Comfort food: Cake - preferably chocolate.
What do you do for fun? Spend time with my husband and little girl.
Pet peeve: Rudeness – in any situation. There's just no need for it.
Favourite quote: “I need to eat chocolate for dinner because it‘s my favourite,” – my three-year-old. So wise.
Who is your hero? Any person following their dreams and/or trying to make the world a better place. This could mean my next door neighbour or Gandhi for example!
Comfort food: Almost anything!
What do you do for fun? Having fun with my daughter nowadays, otherwise enjoying the outdoors and flying.
Pet peeve: Bad communication and terrible car drivers.
Senior Software Engineer
Favourite app: Steam.
Who is your hero? Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games. Humble, excellent programmer and a businessman with morals.
Dogs or cats: Dogs (real dogs). Cats only love themselves.
Favourite place to holiday: Kaikoura
Favourite app: Google Chrome.
Who is your hero? My wife.
Comfort food: Borscht!
Favourite quote: “Don't think! Feeeeeel. It is like a finger pointing away to the moon... Don‘t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.” – Bruce Lee, Enter the Dragon
Alex Kopach B.I.S.
Favourite app: Relay for reddit.
Dogs or cats: Cats for sure.
Favourite place to holiday: Anakiwa Bay in the Marlborough Sounds – fantastic view.
What do you do for fun? Absolute petrolhead. I love tinkering on cars in the garage.
Who is your hero? Sir Paul Callaghan, a scientist and visionary.
Why do you love Christchurch?: It has hills covered in biking trails, it borders an ocean and it has many outdoor adventures just a short drive away.
Comfort food: Eggs Benedict drowned in hollandaise sauce, a well-rounded meal at any time of the day.
Favourite place to holiday: The South Island’s beautiful southern lakes.
Space for you
If you think you'd be a good fit for our team
Back in the 80s, when most computers were big enough to fill a room, Global Office Director Chris Tacon won a small Commodore VIC – 20 personal computer in a competition at the Canterbury Home Show. It sparked a fascination with computing and the tech industry that eventually led to the establishment of Global Office with fellow directors Nick Witteman and Phil de Bruin.
Chris started his first computer company in 1996. Practical Computer Solutions (PCS) – a jack-of-all trades company did everything from building computers to supplying cabling. The arrival of Nick in 2001, and his keen interest in software development, added yet another dimension.
In 2004, the hardware side of Practical Computer Solutions was sold and the rest of the company was renamed Global Office.
“We suddenly became a bespoke software business with a great deal more direction and business started to really grow,” Chris says.
“We also learnt a lot along the way – tried things that we shouldn’t have; struggled through the Global Financial Crisis; and worked from several locations as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes – and we’re now stronger than we have ever been.”
Chris counts the steady New Zealand economy and increased demand for cloud-based software as important factors in Global Office’s success.
“Companies now recognise that great technology can transform them. Having real time, up to the minute information, for example, allows businesses to understand every aspect of what’s happening, so they can learn from the past and predict the future.”
And what’s the secret to such a long-lived technology company? “A team of passionate, creative people who love what they do and are always looking ahead to what’s next in our constantly evolving industry.”
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