Fit for purpose
Looking back on his partnership with Ambit so far, John’s confident he’s backing the right horse.
“I didn’t want to invest in developing this capability in-house, so I looked for a partner who will stay on the cutting edge of technology and take us on the journey,” he says.
“The Ambit team is really focused on their purpose,” he says. “They’re very good at what they do, and are always aiming higher. You can see that they’re prepared to invest to stay on top of their game.”
Having spent a lot of time overseas, John also believes that being NZ-based has been a huge advantage as Ambit has established itself in the market. Because we don’t have the population or the finance, the Kiwi way of approaching problems is different, he says.
Ambit is “a million miles ahead in dealing with the NZ market,” he says. “Because we don’t have big data sets to work with, Kiwis are more intuitive. They take a bigger picture view to solve specific problems.” It’s an approach that will help Ambit stand out from the crowd as it expands operations offshore, starting this year in Australia.
John could talk for hours about where he sees tech going next, and how it could change the way we do business. He doesn’t have all the answers, but he does know this:
“Unless you’re focused on the future, then perhaps now is not the right time for you [to invest in new technology]. All I know is that a step-change is coming – incredibly fast – and if you haven’t been on the journey you won’t be prepared. As for us at Squirrel, we’ll be ready.”