Headquartered in Canowindra, local business owners Conni Christensen and Eddy Wilkinson were awarded the Excellence in Export category for their software business, The Synercon Group. Synercon develops niche software, known as (a.k.a) information governance software that is used for developing taxonomies and other information governance tools. Conni and Eddy founded Synercon in 1998 after both working in IT. Conni and Eddy created the software themselves which they implemented in their own IT consultancy business. After a client had seen the software in use, they insisted on buying their own copy, and after 1 year of trading as a consultancy business, they began their new venture in developing their niche software. The business has grown substantially since then with offices located in Sydney, Canowindra and in London, and export clients around the world.
Conni and Eddy moved to Canowindra in 2010 to escape the city life and they enjoy the ambience of the country lifestyle. “Living in metropolitan areas for most of our lives, it was nice idea of moving to the country to escape the hamster wheel. We can work from home in our pyjamas and no one would ever know!” Conni said.
Together Conni and Eddy have over 50 years’ experience in the IT industry. They are delighted to have won this award, and to receive local recognition for their efforts. “Because we are such a niche business, not everyone knows what we do and what we have achieved, so it is nice to be recognised for our hard work and determination”, Eddy said.
Synercon is currently working with National Archives Australia to develop new models for automating retention and disposal of digital records in Commonwealth government agencies that will cement Australia’s position as leader in information management.
By Jessica Jenkins