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Meet our Managing Director/CEO, Brenz Saunders

Meet our Managing Director/CEO, Brenz Saunders

Meet Brenz Saunders.

He’s our Managing Director and CEO.

Supported by a Diploma of Business Management, Brenz has over 5 years experience of working within both the South Australian public sector in Ministerial and corporate service roles, along with working within the Information, Communication and Technology sector.

 

Brenz currently serves as Deputy Chairperson for NAIDOC South Australia, Chairperson of On3 Studio, Board Member of The Bright Youth Foundation, and Board Member of COEO Pty Ltd. He was also recently appointed to the Taoundi Aboriginal Corporation Board in September 2020.

With his experience in business management, investment and strategic planning, Brenz looks forward to applying his experience and network to bring the two worlds of evolving technology and the cultural intelligence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia together.

To connect with him, head to his LinkedIn or contact us.

How can we help you?

If you’re seeking a way to diversify your team and rediscover how Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural intelligence can assist in fostering a different way of thinking, we can help you.

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Garu InfoTech will strive to achieve greater participation of Indigenous people through employment, development and retention, fostering a positive culture towards stronger reconciliation

Delivering diversity for South Australia’s Power Networks Photo source: SA Power Networks Adrian Jeremiah, the IT Portfolio Manager of SA Power Networks …

Dialog Information Technology (Dialog) is playing an important part in bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. They‘re doing this by growing the participation of Indigenous Australians within the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector by the launch of our new Indigenous Consulting arm, Garu InfoTech (Garu)

We operate beyond the ‘normality’ of our sector to rediscover how Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural intelligence can assist in fostering a different way of thinking towards the delivery of mindful and sustainable digital solutions.

Level 5
74 Pirie Street
Adelaide
South Australia 5000

08 8215 6500

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Our Commitment to Indigenous Inclusion

Our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusion

Garu InfoTech will strive to achieve greater participation of Indigenous people through employment, development and retention, fostering a positive culture towards stronger reconciliation.

Our Commitment

Garu, together with our parent company Dialog, is committed to greater participation of Indigenous people within our business operations. In collective partnership with local Indigenous communities and organisations we commit to the following:

  • 5% of Dialog employees will identify as Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander;
  • Existing and new Dialog employees must complete Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency training;
  • Development and implementation of Indigenous Employment, Attraction and Retention Strategy (IEARS) before 2022;
  • Ensuring a culturally supportive and safe environment for all Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people within our business and community;
  • Actively celebrating the history of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people through commercial and social means;
  • Development and implementation of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) before 2022

Furthermore, this commitment will guide our business to best reflect the Australian communities in which we operate within.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us.

How can we help you?

If you’re seeking a way to diversify your team and rediscover how Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural intelligence can assist in fostering a different way of thinking, we can help you.

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Meet our Managing Director/CEO, Brenz Saunders Meet Brenz Saunders. He’s our Managing Director and CEO. Supported by a Diploma of Business Management,

Delivering diversity for South Australia’s Power Networks Photo source: SA Power Networks Adrian Jeremiah, the IT Portfolio Manager of SA Power Networks

Dialog Information Technology (Dialog) is playing an important part in bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. They‘re doing this by growing the participation of Indigenous Australians within the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector by the launch of our new Indigenous Consulting arm, Garu InfoTech (Garu)

We operate beyond the ‘normality’ of our sector to rediscover how Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural intelligence can assist in fostering a different way of thinking towards the delivery of mindful and sustainable digital solutions.

Level 5
74 Pirie Street
Adelaide
South Australia 5000

08 8215 6500

hello@garuinfotech.com.au

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Bridging the Gap with Dialog

Bridging the gap with Dialog

Dialog Information Technology (Dialog) is playing an important part in bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. They‘re doing this by growing the participation of Indigenous Australians within the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector by the launch of our new Indigenous Consulting arm, Garu InfoTech (Garu).

Garu’s unique collaboration with Dialog, Australia’s leading privately owned information technology services organisation, will enable our business to amalgamate the two worlds of evolving technology and the cultural intelligence of Indigenous Australia.

The integration of Dialog’s capabilities and our Indigenous expertise will provide services that enrich organisation’s Digital Transformation Journey whilst ensuring real change is achieved to strengthen Indigenous participation within the ICT sector as a way of contributing to greater Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sector diversity and inclusion.

The Garu team works across the Dialog Group of companies to engage and deliver value to our clients through a shared resource model. This enables knowledge and experience sharing between colleagues, driving self-development and new learnings to pass down onto the next generation of ICT professionals. This model of resourcing illustrates the embedded Indigenous cultural attributes we aim to emphasise throughout our business and create a working environment where we can learn from each other both culturally and professionally.

At the helm is Brenz Saunders, Managing Director for Garu. Being an Indigenous Tech Entrepreneur himself, Brenz has long witnessed the lack of Indigenous involvement within the ICT sector throughout his career in the Public and Private Sector. Eager to make a change for others who have the same passion for ICT but don’t have the opportunities to build on it, Brenz in conjunction with Tim Browne, former CEO of Innodev and recently appointed Regional Manager for Dialog in South Australia, created the foundation to establish Garu. As a result of Dialog’s acquisition of Innodev, Garu will advance it’s service offering nationally and create even more opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

Garu hit the ground running with SA Power Networks as the first major engagement. Adrian Jeremiah, the IT Portfolio Manager of SA Power Networks was exploring pathways into IT for Indigenous South Australians as a part of his role in leading the Cultural stream of their Diversity and Inclusion Committee. As a result of a long-term strategic partnership with Tim Browne, Adrian was quickly introduced to the Indigenous Consulting Group. This connection led to the placement of Jarrod O’Callaghan, an Indigenous Software Engineer, on their Agile Team during NAIDOC week in November 2020, where he is working on developing apps and tools that assist the business in project delivery and making the day-to-day operations efficient for field crew.

“SA Power Networks is honoured to be associated with Garu and having Jarrod part of our team. Being part of a pioneering initiative that creates mainstream IT opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities means we get to play a small part in this great venture,” says Adrian.

Reflecting on this partnership, Brenz believes the opportunity to deliver digital transformation services to SA Power Networks will catapult the creation of further opportunities for Indigenous employment within the ICT sector.

Garu understands that digital transformation of an organisation is one of the greatest challenges for companies. The team’s dedication and experience provide the opportunity to work closely with, guide and support organisations to achieve their goals.

“This means looking at the needs of the whole organisation and find the right people for the right job,” says Brenz. “By working with Adrian and his team to place Jarrod, we’ve done just that. This engagement is one example of how we can enable our Indigenous staff to obtain industry experience and build on their professional capabilities in the ICT sector,” Brenz said.

This is a collaborative initiative for Australia’s Indigenous community, and we welcome additional partners as well as those seeking placement in entry level IT positions. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Garu on 

Visit Dialog‘s website for more information or contact us to learn more about Garu and what it can do.

How can we help you?

If you’re seeking a way to diversify your team and rediscover how Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural intelligence can assist in fostering a different way of thinking, we can help you.

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Meet our Managing Director/CEO, Brenz Saunders Meet Brenz Saunders. He’s our Managing Director and CEO. Supported by a Diploma of Business Management, …

Garu InfoTech will strive to achieve greater participation of Indigenous people through employment, development and retention, fostering a positive culture towards stronger reconciliation

Delivering diversity for South Australia’s Power Networks Photo source: SA Power Networks Adrian Jeremiah, the IT Portfolio Manager of SA Power Networks …

We operate beyond the ‘normality’ of our sector to rediscover how Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural intelligence can assist in fostering a different way of thinking towards the delivery of mindful and sustainable digital solutions.

Level 5
74 Pirie Street
Adelaide
South Australia 5000

08 8215 6500

hello@garuinfotech.com

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Indigenous Consulting Group ‘Garu InfoTech’ joins Dialog

Indigenous Consulting Group 'Garu InfoTech' joins Dialog Information Technology

Tim Browne, Regional Manager SA - Dialog and Alan Key, CEO Dialog
Tim Browne, Regional Manager SA - Dialog and Alan Key, CEO Dialog

Dialog Information Technology (Dialog) is pleased to welcome a new company to the group after acquiring 100% of Innodev shares. Innodev, a South Australian company was founded in 2007 and has 70 consultants based predominantly in Adelaide with a small team in Melbourne. Innodev provides a broad range of management and information technology consulting services to major corporate and government clients.

Tim Browne, Innodev’s founder and Managing Director, remains on board and is excited by the expanded horizons that being part of a larger group offers. Tim will lead the combined Dialog/Innodev team in SA and will also manage a number of national initiatives.

Dialog Information Technology is one of Australia’s leading technology services organisations trading nationally from offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Darwin, and Adelaide. Established in 1979, Dialog is Australian owned and employs over 1,200 information technology specialists. Dialog supports a ‘can do’ approach that encourages local decision-making by appropriate team members.

“Being part of the Dialog group tangibly expands our knowledge and experience, provides access to new opportunities and will enable us to continue to build upon our established successes. I look forward to being involved in Australia’s leading privately owned IT services organisation working closely with these inspirational leaders”, Mr Browne said.

Innodev’s application software consulting services capability will be transitioned into the Dialog Brand whilst Innodev’s testing practice will be merged into the AccessHQ Adelaide team.

Innodev’s specialist Business Agility Coaching and Consulting team uses Agile methods and practices to help organisations transform and modernise their business operations. This team will become a nationally focused specialist group within Dialog.

The acquisition includes two subsidiary companies, Innodev Indigenous Consulting and Scrum Australia, which will continue to grow and prosper under the Dialog group umbrella. Innodev Indigenous, now trading as Garu InfoTech is tasked with contributing towards the growth of indigenous participation in Australia’s ICT Sector.

Dialog have considerable capability and critical mass in the Adelaide market with over 120 consultants permanently employed with plans to continue to expand. We are also very excited to continue to support the indigenous tech employment initiatives working closely with the indigenous communities and universities”, Dialog’s CEO Alan Key said.

Scrum Australia is an events company which runs the Scrum Australia Conference for the Scrum Alliance and will continue to organise these events with the next conference schedule in April 2021 in Melbourne.

Visit Dialog‘s website for more information or contact us to learn more about Garu and what it can do.

How can we help you?

If you’re seeking a way to diversify your team and rediscover how Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural intelligence can assist in fostering a different way of thinking, we can help you.

Featured thinking

Meet our Managing Director/CEO, Brenz Saunders Meet Brenz Saunders. He’s our Managing Director and CEO. Supported by a Diploma of Business Management, …

Garu InfoTech will strive to achieve greater participation of Indigenous people through employment, development and retention, fostering a positive culture towards stronger reconciliation

Delivering diversity for South Australia’s Power Networks Photo source: SA Power Networks Adrian Jeremiah, the IT Portfolio Manager of SA Power Networks …

We operate beyond the ‘normality’ of our sector to rediscover how Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural intelligence can assist in fostering a different way of thinking towards the delivery of mindful and sustainable digital solutions.

Level 5
74 Pirie Street
Adelaide
South Australia 5000

08 8215 6500

hello@garuinfotech.com.au