Dimension Data has announced is to acquire Microsoft deployment specialist, the Bellerephon Group.
The acquisition will enable it to deploy software more cost effectively using Bellerephon's repeatable solutions technology, Dimension Data line of business manager, David Hanrahan, said.
"It will cost us about 50 per cent less for desktop rollouts and will mean we can offer fixed price quotes to customers," he said.
The move reflected the strong refresh market for both software upgrades and hardware replacement, Hanrahan said.
NSW-based Bellerephon's primary focus is on desktop and server tools including Systems Managed Server and Microsoft Operations Manager.
It specialises in configuration management with strategic partners such as Big Fix, for software and patch deployment, across a variety of operating systems in conjunction with its own Australian developed IP that includes a template driven process.
As part of its quick deployment strategy, it maintains a centralised library of packaged applications under licensing agreements with Microsoft.
The acquisition was a natural progression of the company's 10-month working relationship with Dimension Data, Bellerephon managing director, Nick Beaugeard, said.
Dimension Data expected to retain its 10 staff, whose skills were a key part of the planned acquisition, Hanrahan said.
It intended to globally deploy the service and might use it as part of a new managed services offering, he said.