Communicate IT opens Auckland office

Posted by Shelley Grell on May 7th, 2012.

We’re pleased to announce that Communicate IT now has ‘feet in the street’ in Auckland since Shannon Thomas relocated with her family there in March 2012. “It’s business as usual and more”, says Director Shelley Grell. “And it has already proved advantageous for Communicate IT and our clients.”

After the Feburary 2011 earthquake Communicate IT started a virtual operation with Shelley and Shannon working from their home offices and making use of online tools such as Dropbox and Skype. The Avonside office was badly damaged and out of action for many months while it was undergoing emergency repair. Now on TC3 land, it is anyone’s guess when the 100 year old converted villa-office (owned by Shelley and her husband) will be fully repaired back to pre-earthquake state.

“For now we’re making every advantage of this inadvertent opportunity that the earthquakes opened up to us, with Shannon now looking after our Auckland clients, attending local ICT events, and meeting with key ICT industry representatives. She has already met with our clients’ Auckland based customers for case studies.”

Meanwhile Shelley is operating from her North Canterbury home and regularly commutes to Christchurch to visit our customers or to work from the Westpac Business & Community Hub in Addington. She is still on the committee of the Canterbury Software cluster and attends most of the ICT events in Christchurch.

“If anything it has been a change for the better,” says Shelley. “As both Shannon and I like the flexibility and convenience that working virtually allows. We chat or message on Skype many times a day and share work as easily as if we were in the same office. And meetings with clients are just as before, except Shannon is present on my laptop instead of in person. If we need extra resource we still have our established database of contractors and suppliers that we can call on. ”

Our contact details remain the same, and if you are not using Skype yet, try it and let’s get connected!

Christchurch office – 03 381 6656

Shelley Grell – 021 747 355, Email: shelley(at), Skype: shelley001

Shannon Thomas – 0278 224 760, Email: shannon(at), Skype: shan_canuck

Address: PO Box 27-238, Shirley, Christchurch, 8640

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