Didata expands in the UK

5 February 2009

IT solutions and services company Dimension Data has acquired Teksys, a British Microsoft infrastructure and licensing services company, for an undisclosed sum.

In terms of the transaction, Teksys will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Johannesburg-headquartered company, operating as one unit with Dimension Data’s UK Microsoft solutions business.

Dimension Data Solutions group executive Steve Joubert said the transaction was aligned to the group’s objective of increasing its capabilities and footprint, and provided both companies with significant benefits.

“We have looked for ways to expand our current Microsoft professional services capability in the UK to provide the full spectrum of Microsoft-based services, covering software advice, design and deployment, and related support services,” he said in a statement this week.

“The 81 skilled and experienced employees of Teksys and Dimension Data are now a highly Microsoft focused team.”

Providing new services

Teksys is a Microsoft Gold-certified partner and also holds Microsoft Large Account Reseller status, with a client base including national and international brands. The company also holds certifications in advanced infrastructure, networking infrastructure, information worker, licensing, security, and mobility.

“The Teksys acquisition paves the way for the group to immediately provide its UK clients with new services around virtualisation, data centre design, software asset management and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007,” said Dimension Data Europe CEO Russell Bolan.

“Our skills around a number of Microsoft’s unified communications technologies and systems management are also greatly bolstered.”

Global partner relationships

Teksys’ Alan Watkins, who will become MD of the merged business, said that being part of a global, financially strong organisation with a track record of over 25 years bode well for Teksys’ clients, as they would be able to use Dimension Data’s global partner relationships and broader solution sets.

“We have a very talented and experienced group of people, who have built Teksys into what it is today,” he said. “This transaction represents and exciting opportunity for them to become part of a global team and expand their career horizons.”

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