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IDC Australia has appointed a former Microsoft manager as its senior analyst and lead for software research across Australia and New Zealand.

IDC’s Head of Research, Matt Oostveen, announced the appointment of Shayum Rahim to the position.

Prior to joining IDC, Rahim was a Business Development Manager for the Microsoft’s Dynamics, Microsoft SQL Server and Business Intelligence platforms.  

Rahim also previously worked for Oracle, managing business development for database and middleware products as well as enterprise applications.

"Shayum brings years of software industry experience to the role. His background coupled with exposure to many aspects of the industry gives him a unique perspective and IDC is very excited to have him aboard," Oostveen said.

"It is a great time to be joining IDC, as the industry is undergoing a transformation and there is a technical renaissance not seen since the introduction of the personal computer. Now more than ever there is a need for evidence based research and analysis to cut through the hype." Rahim commented.

Based in Sydney, Rahim is responsible for leading IDC’s research into the Australian and New Zealand software industry, as well as heading up the Big Data and Enterprise Application Software practices.


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