Computelec takes out WA rival

Computelec takes out WA rival

Victorian education reseller acquires competing provider to boost education business in WA

Victorian-based education reseller, Computelec, has acquired its WA rival as part of plans to expand its national reach. Financial details have not been disclosed.

CEO, David La Bozzetta, said its purchase of the Algar Burns business would give it the ability to offer more customers a broader range of products and services in the WA market.

"There's a strong overlap in customers and skills, which is the reason why we have acquired this organisation," he said. "They are focused on the education market, as we are, and have been in the WA market for 30 years. WA people are very parochial and Algar Burns has a strong brand.

"There's so many synergies, including their Microsoft, Adobe and other software products business, that it's a perfect fit with what we do."

The pair have worked together on the Microsoft large account reseller contract with the Association of Independent Schools in that state and are both Microsoft Gold partners. Algar Burns also has contracts with the Catholic Education Office.

La Bozzetta said about 15 per cent of Computelec's total business currently came from WA. The new acquisition would boost this to about 25 per cent. It planned to retain the Algar Burns name as well as its six staff.

"We want to keep their operations in tact to deliver better services. We'll integrate the operational side of Computelec with their organisation and use their people to access greater knowledge of that market," he said.

La Bozzetta was also keeping his eyes open for similar acquisition oppportunities in other states.

"Our key focus is to assist schools so any acquisition we make has to match that," he said. "We're not interested in the corporate side, but there aren't many [resellers] out there just focused on education, which makes it hard.

"There are some larger providers out there, however, who could decide to get out of this market later down the track, so we're waiting in the wings for the right time."

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