Following a phenomenal year of international expansion and over 100 per cent year-on-year growth, Kane Sajdak and Bernard Mangelsdorf of BITS Technology Group have taken out the annual Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Technology Award for the second time in a row.
The powerhouse duo won the Technology Award last year and returned again to reclaim a second trophy at the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Gala Event on Friday 12 October off the back of BITS' most successful year to date.
Kane and Bernard first launched their full-service IT company 9 years ago from a home office on the QLD/NSW Border.
The duo now services a growing client base which includes both SMEs and ASX-listed giants including G8 Education and Ardent Leisure.
The BITS clientele also includes fellow Young Entrepreneur Award winners James Gilmour of Gilmour Space Technologies and Tomas Steenackers of National Veterinary Care Ltd, who took out the Trailblazer and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards respectively.
Kane says winning the Technology Award back-to-back has validated the business and provided recognition to a team that constantly gives its "blood, sweat and tears".
"Winning two years in a row is absolutely phenomenal for our business," says Kane.
"It's an indication that doing things a bit differently in the management IT space is worth doing, and our vision and methodology of outsourced IT is what people want and is helping our clients succeed in their business."
Kane and Bernard have a long history in the IT space and started BITS by taking a punt that as technology proliferated, more and more businesses would seek an outsourced IT management crew.
The gamble certainly paid off for BITS, which has new office openings on the horizon after recently setting up shop in in Melbourne and New Zealand.
"Saying that we're on a roll is an understatement. I'd prefer to say we're on a rocket," says Kane.
"We just opened an office in Melbourne and we're looking at expanding into Sydney now, and I have no doubt that within the next few years we will be one of the largest managed IT services and IT consulting firms in the country."
But the path to success has not always been smooth. Kane says it's been a long and hard slog to get the company to where it is today.
"This stuff doesn't happen by accident," he says.
"While it is a grind and it is a lot of work, it is enjoyable. I want to come to work, I want to put in the hard yards and the long hours to succeed because we really do love what we do."
"The reason our business is successful is that people are starting to realise that they don't want a traditional IT company. They want a partner who helps enable their business to do whatever it is they do best."
Kane and Bernard look forward to growing the business in the year ahead and, through no small amount of hard work, aim to add a third Young Entrepreneur Award to the trophy cabinet in 2019.
Business News Australia