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Provoke Solutions, a New Zealand based online solutions and Microsoft software partner, has expanded to the US with the opening of a Seattle outpost.

The new office is in line with the company’s international expansion strategy that will see it open offices across five continents in five years.

"New Zealand needs more global businesses to help it grow and prosper, and we are determined to be a part of that," said Provoke CEO Mason Pratt. The company plans to have up to 15 staff in the US office within six months and is also developing that launch of a presence in South-East Asia for 2012.

"The US is a big market and we are not taking it lightly. We are looking to create scale fast and quickly grow our presence," Pratt added.

To help with the expansion Provoke will be working with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise utilising its Beachhead programme, which provides access to contacts, resources and local expertise.

The company’s first US hire is ex-pat kiwi Chris Johnson, a nine-year Microsoft veteran and SharePoint expert. He joins Provoke from Microsoft where he held the role of Senior Technical Product Manager on the SharePoint product team. ®

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