Sydney-based system integrator, Klikon Solutions has acquired all the shares in NSW government-owned Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communication (ac3) for an undisclosed sum.
ac3 provides ICT infrastructure, cloud and collaboration services to a number of government agencies, and was put on the market in May.
According to Minister for Finance and Services, Andrew Constance, Klikon was selected as as the preferred bidder following a competitive public tender process which attracted significant interest.
“A robust process was undertaken by the NSW Government with the assistance of the independent financial, legal and probity advisors to select the preferred bidder at a price which was in excess of the retention value,” he said.
Klikon Solutions managing director, Simon Xistouris, said merging the two organisations would enable it to offer a comprehensive range of managed and professional services as well as expertise for both government and commercial entities.
"This is our first move outside of organic growth and we're going to be focused on forging a good partnership with the ac3 team so we can really bring out a comprehensive offering," Xistouris said.
ac3 CEO, Monique McIntosh, said there was a great synergy between the two organisations particularly with ac3 bringing considerable infrastructure management skills and knowledge, especially in compliance, governance and audit together with Klikon’s managed services.
Both organisations have about 50 staff each, effectively doubling the size of the business and they will continue to operate autonomously for three months.
As this is a share sale and not a business sale, ac3 will continue to use the same name and ABN/ACN numbers.
All ac3 contracts that are in place will remain valid.
“As soon as possible, we will begin to actively collaborate, share information and resources and start the work to bring the businesses and teams together to build on our businesses’ strengths,” Xistouris said.
Constance said the NSW Government’s ICT Strategy sets out a road map for government to move away from being a provider of ICT services to being a knowledgeable purchaser of ICT services from a contestable market place. The successful sale of ac3 assists to drive the NSW Government towards achieving this.
In November, Klikon became an approved supplier under the new NSW Government ICT Services Scheme.