S Central buys into Rich Computing

S Central buys into Rich Computing

Melbourne-based services provider makes its sixth acquisition in a year

S Central has acquired Newcastle-based integrator, Rich Computing, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is the Melbourne-based service provider's sixth in the past year.

S Central managing director, Peter Mavridis, said it had worked alongside Rich for mutual clients in the NSW healthcare sector over the past few years.

The acquisition gave S Central a major leg-up in the NSW market, he said.

"We wanted to expand our geographic reach into Newcastle, but also in the health and financial sectors, which is where Rich plays," he said.

Rich gave S Central the ability to grow its existing Citrix and Cisco skill sets, as well as know-how around Microsoft technologies, Mavridis said. Rich also partners with Altiris, VMware and Trend Micro.

"We've been more focused around the unified communications and virtualisation side - Rich has terrific skills in Microsoft and a couple of other areas which we needed in NSW," he said.

Rich Computing will continue to run as a separate entity under founder and managing director, Steve Rich. The systems integration company was founded 15 years ago and targets the 500+ corporate sector as well as government. Customers include Hunter New England Area Health Service and Sanitarium.

All of its 20 staff will be retained, bringing S Central's total headcount to 170.

S Central is one of many integrators pursuing an acquisitions strategy, and picked up Melbourne-based applications integrator, ExpressApps, and its distribution subsidiary, Infotronics, in June. Other recent purchases include NSW integrator, AGM IT, and library services provider, DA Library Technologies.

Mavridis said the company had grown tenfold in the last few years and was now aiming to grow into a major national player. He expected three more acquisitions to be announced before the end of the next financial year. Growing its base in Queensland, WA and NZ was now top of the list.

"We're looking at this from two perspectives: getting good people on-board in our focus technology areas, and meeting our geographic requirements," Mavridis said.

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