Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:05

Hightail opens APAC HQ in Melbourne Featured


The US file sharing service Hightail – formerly YouSendIt – has opened its new Asia Pacific headquarters in Melbourne and expects to create new jobs in the APAC region as it expands its regional business.

Hightail APAC region leader Kevin Mackin said Australia was the “perfect springboard for Hightail’s regional expansion as it provides a very stable environment politically and economically – as well as a strong pool of IT talent.”

Mackin said the Australia presence will initially focus on sales and technical support and the company anticipates creating up to 20 new jobs in the region over the coming years.

“It’s an exciting time for the Asia Pacific region with key economies showing solid year on year growth.”

According to Mackin, Hightail already has more than 600,000 users and 125 corporate accounts including Tennis Australia, City of Melbourne, Tourism Australia, Hydro Tasmania and Woods Bagot.

Mackin said he believes Hightail’s local Australian team will help it “better serve the ever-changing needs of new and existing customers.”

“Hightail is keen to work closely with our customers in this region to define a new platform-agnostic approach to finding, accessing and sharing data across all platforms.

“As individuals, businesses and governments continue to create massive volumes of data online, there is the need to securely share and manage this information – even though it may reside on multiple platforms and multiple devices. And, while many technology companies want to lock you into their proprietary data systems, the CIOs we work with want to maintain secure control over their workflows and ecosystems – we help them achieve this.”

Mackin said Hightail’s key benefits for customers include “easy insights and tracking of file access, along with a formidable focus on data protection and control” as well as seamless integration with widely used business applications, including Microsoft Outlook, SharePoint and Salesforce.

“All Hightail subscribers get unlimited storage making it possible to securely access and share all their files from anywhere in the world using Hightail’s iPhone, iPad and Android apps. In fact, Australians are the world’s second highest users of Hightail’s Android app,” Mackin said.


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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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