Combines former Logicalis and Satelcom businesses to form Logicalis Network Solutions
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Logicalis Group has acquired Notability Solutions Limited (“Notability”), a privately-held company and one of IBM's top business partners in the UK. The company will re-name itself shortly as Logicalis Computing Solutions. Simultaneously, Logicalis Group has combined its former Logicalis UK and Satelcom businesses to form Logicalis Network Solutions.
With annual revenues of UK£30 million, Surrey-based Notability is a Premier IBM hardware and software partner serving a broad range of customers across a number of industries, but has particular strength in the financial services and distribution sectors.
Notability also has strong eServer, storage and e-business skills and has concentrated on developing a solutions-led sales approach - an approach which is closely aligned with Logicalis Group's focus.
Strengthens UK operations
The acquisition of Notability significantly strengthens Logicalis' UK operations, emphasises Logicalis Group chief executive, Jens Montanana. “This acquisition enables us to take a big step forward in building a business that offers not only networking but also enterprise computing and storage solutions. It will also add scale to the Logicalis UK business, increasing annual revenues from UK£52 million to in excess of UK£82 million.”
The transaction positions Logicalis Group as a strategic IBM Partner in both the UK and US markets - Logicalis acquired Solution Technology Inc., a US Premier IBM business partner, in September 2004. Logicalis Group has also announced its intent to acquire Eisco Technology Inc. a $20 million, privately-held US IBM solution provider that focuses on high-end IBM zSeries mainframe solutions. The Notability deal will be the first of a series of deals concluded as Logicalis continues its strategy of acquisition to augment its offering and add traditional voice skills to the UK business.
Adds Steve Ellis, managing director of Notability, “Notability's management team is very excited at the prospect of being part of the Logicalis Group. Together, the combined companies will offer complementary solutions that will not only continue to satisfy existing customers but will provide inroads into new, incremental business against the background of rapidly growing demand for converged infrastructures and services.”
Combining Logicalis UK and Satelcom
Simultaneously to acquiring Notability the Logicalis Group will combine its two existing UK network integration businesses, Logicalis UK and Satelcom to form Logicalis Network Solutions. This strengthens the combined propositions of the companies by bringing together Intelligent Networking and Secure Fixed and Mobile Network capabilities - all underpinned by a fully comprehensive services portfolio.
These two moves are part of a strategy, says Ian Cook, CEO of Logicalis' European operations, whereby Logicalis intends to become a dominant supplier in its sector - delivering secure, converged computing and communications infrastructure and services for ambitious and innovative organisations.
“These developments mean that Logicalis will particularly differentiate itself from its competitors by not only having a superior understanding of the increasingly complex end-to-end information flows in an organisation, but by using that knowledge to design, install and manage systems and system components - particularly in the enterprise server arena,” emphasises Cook.
Such information flows are increasing in complexity because more devices and technologies are being added to the infrastructure, and business concepts such as e-business, web enablement and on-demand computing are being adopted.
According to Cook, the acquisition of Notability and the combination of the two UK businesses will bring Logicalis Group's capabilities in line with Computacenter and in terms of enterprise computing reseller revenues to the level of Morse and SCC.
Logicalis is an international provider of high-performance IT integration solutions. The Logicalis Group employs 800 people worldwide, including highly-trained service specialists who specify, design, deploy and manage IT infrastructure to meet the needs of over 5,000 corporate and public sector customers. Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as IBM, HP and Cisco.
In addition, Logicalis in the UK has achieved independent triple certification for its integrated management system supporting computing and communications solutions, information security and IT service management offerings: ISO 9001/2000; BS7799 and BS15000 respectively.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, a $2.5 billion business listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. With its international headquarters in the UK, Logicalis' global revenue is approaching $500 million from operations in the U.S., UK, Germany, and South America. For more information, visit www.uk.logicalis.com.
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