Assurity acquired Christchurch-based Clarus in December 2012. Clarus, owned by Edwin Dando and Damian Brown, had an outstanding reputation for ‘improving the business of IT’ through testing and Agile consulting. Combining the two businesses offered Assurity an opportunity to gain national representation in its two core services.
Both businesses had similar cultures built around challenging the status quo, and a common goal – to agitate for change in software delivery approaches in New Zealand. We thought that ambition could be best achieved jointly rather than individually.
Clarus’ strengths in Agile were supported by its education offering. When you’re trying to change the nation’s software practices, you need to upskill a lot of people inside the organisations seeking change. That’s why our first initiative on acquiring Clarus was to give Edwin responsibility to substantially develop the education programme.
He’s done just that. You can find out more on the dedicated Assurity Education website we launched in May.
As well as investing in education, we’re also busy developing the testing practice in Christchurch. We’re giving Damian, now General Manager, the heads and skills to deliver better testing for South Island enterprises. In addition, we’re supporting a brilliant network of like minds in the region through our sponsorship of the Canterbury Software Cluster and the Canterbury Software Summit.
We’re incredibly excited about the part we can play in improving software delivery in New Zealand. The acquisition of Clarus will help us reach that destination faster and, with integration of the two businesses now complete, we can confidently say that we are now ONE company. With that in mind, we feel it’s time that our ambitions and our business should be represented nationally by one brand – Assurity.