Rosser gets acquired by NetForce

Rosser gets acquired by NetForce

Integrators claim commonalities across products, customer sets and vendor partners

Networking and managed services integrator, NetForce, has scooped up Sydney-based industry peer, Rosser Communications, for an undisclosed sum.

NetForce general manager, Debra Lee, said the two companies were a very good fit. Although she had been happy to allow the business to continue expanding organically, the acquisition of Rosser would accelerate that growth.

"We had been speaking to Tim for quite some time and worked out there were a lot of commonalities between us and our customer bases," she said. "Our strengths are complementary as are the offerings we have."

NetForce and Rosser both rate Cisco, PowerTel and Microsoft as key partners.

Rosser Communications general manager, Tim Rosser, wrote to customers concerning the acquisition via the company's email newsletter.

"Although getting a fair price for the shareholders of Rosser Communications was important, it was only one factor in the decision," he wrote. "I wanted to make sure Rosser's staff, suppliers and especially our customers were looked after and I believe that the combined organisation will do that."

Lee said all Rosser staff had been retained and integrated into NetForce's office in the Sydney suburb of Neutral Bay. The combined company's headcount was now 37.

Although currently trading as 'Rosser Communications, a NetForce company' Lee said that, looking ahead, the brand was likely to change over time.

"We want it as easy as possible for Rosser's customer to keep working with the new organisation, so we will be keeping the name for now," she said. "Over time, we'll integrate Rosser more fully into NetForce. Probably 12-18 months from now."

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