London- and Johannesburg-listed IT group Dimension Data is stepping up its presence in New Zealand with the acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, of IT services business Integral Axon Computer Services.
The private held company, which has gross assets of NZ$38m (about R196m), was bought by Didata’s Asian arm.
It’s not Didata’s first entry into the island nation’s IT industry. Through its Datacraft business, it’s been operating in New Zealand’s outsourcing market for 30 years. It also does application development, and provides communications and networking integration services.
In a statement, Datacraft New Zealand MD Robin Hartendorp says the acquisition of Integral Axon “will reposition our value from being an integrator to becoming an outsourcing partner in our chosen market segment of second-tier enterprise outsourcing.”
Integral Axon is one of New Zealand’s Microsoft large account resellers and is that country’s only tier-one IBM licensing reseller.
The acquisition more than doubles the size of Datacraft New Zealand, Didata says. It’s also complementary in that Integral Axon is strong in Auckland’s commercial markets while Datacraft has relationships with government and enterprise clients in Wellington.
Didata itself is in the throes of being acquired. An all-cash offer by Japan’s Nippon Telephraph and Telephone (NTT) Corp is expected to be concluded soon. The deal is worth more than R24bn. — Staff reporter, TechCentral