Q*Soft stonewalls on acquisition rumours

Q*Soft stonewalls on acquisition rumours

Q*Soft's top management is stonewalling over reports the second-tier distributor is close to being acquired by a multinational suitor.

Managing director Barry Amor declined comment on the identity of the potential purchaser. However industry sources ruled out Ingram Micro as a likely contender, despite Ingram Micro's lengthy association with Q*Soft before the Queensland-based company was dropped by Microsoft and changed hands last year.

Coincidentally, Q*Soft has topped a survey of Australian distributor Web sites conducted by a Sydney company that acts as a broker for businesses looking for investors.

The advisory, consulting and investment banking firm Australian Capital Partners (ACP) specialises in advising organisations on how to maximise their attractiveness to prospective buyers.

It surveyed the Web sites of Australia's 12 top IT distributors, measuring in categories ranging from user-friendliness to information content.

Q*Soft's Web site topped the survey in three of the four categories studied, according to ACP marketing and research senior associate Claudia Heurtas.

In the user-friendly category, it came first followed by Agate and Tech Pacific.

It led again in terms of information content with Express Data holding down second spot. It was also tops in efficiency of ordering with Edge Technologies second.

But in clarity of Web site, covering areas such as consistency across different browsers and site maps, Express Data led the way with Q*Soft back in the middle of the pack.

On combined totals, Q*Soft was a clear first followed by Tech Pacific.

ACP was not commissioned by Q*Soft to do the survey, Huertas said. ACP focuses on the IT distribution area and decided to rate distributor Web sites because the Internet has become such an integral part of the distribution scenario.

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