UXC has acquired Tasmanian systems integrator and developer, Dytech, in a bid to boost its software expertise. Its 50 staff, as well as directors Mike Nermut and Jim Kurian, will now become part of the applications division within UXC's Business Solutions Group.
The buy would increase the integrator's Microsoft and Oracle capabilities and create synergies within its infrastructure and consulting businesses, company secretary, Mark Hubbard, said.
"Dytech gives us a lot more capability than we previously had in application development," he said. "We are finding that Oracle is a particularly lucrative space, especially in government."
A similar customer base, which included the state and Federal Government, alongside Dytech's focus in the education vertical, also made it a tempting acquisition, Hubbard said.
"We have a strong presence in training through our consulting group and Planpower," he said. "Its acquisition of CPMG earlier this year gave us access to their project management software which we could combine with Dytech's capabilities to create an education stream."
While the acquisition would now see UXC explore education opportunities, Hubbard said it would also continue to look at acquisitions in other verticals outside of its traditional base.
He highlighted the business software market and security as possible areas of growth.
"Both are of strategic interest to IT in general at the moment and are something we are keeping an eye on," Hubbard said.
In an ASX statement, Dytech director, Mike Nermut, said the opportunity to gain the resources and backing of a company the size of UXC was a major motivator.
"We are looking to partner with other firms within the UXC stable to compete for contracts that in the past may have been beyond our financial scope," he said.
The agreement would also provide a strong platform for the company to expand outside of its Tasmanian base into the national and international arenas, Nermut said.