S Central gets Clariti in QLD

S Central gets Clariti in QLD

Updated: S Central makes its seventh acquisition in 12 months

S Central has opened its chequebook again, acquiring Queensland-based integrator, Clariti, for an undisclosed sum.

S Central managing director, Peter Mavridis, said it had been outsourcing most of its Queensland workload to Clariti. The integrator also brought over 400 new corporate and government customers to the group.

"The way we saw best to get into the Queensland market and keep consistency in our service delivery is by keeping Clariti going," he said. "They have done a terrific job and customer feedback has been positive."

Clariti had strong infrastructure skills in security and storage, Microsoft and Citrix platforms and VMware virtualisation products and services, Mavridis said.

S Central plans to retain all of Clariti's 40 staff, bringing its total headcount to over 200 Australia-wide.

The Queensland integrator's founder and managing director, Bruce McCurdy, will stay on and spend the next six months transitioning Clariti into the S Central Group. Long-term, McCurdy would step into a senior management role and assist with the group's future acquisitions and integration projects, Mavridis said.

"Our plan is to expand aggressively in Queensland through Clariti," he said. "They bring in just what we need in terms of sales and technical skills."

Clariti has been operating since 1999. McCurdy said it had reached the stage where it needed to consider growing the company.

"We've been toying with it for years, but the board has only recently started to get serious about our plans and decided to look at going interstate," he said. "S Central was keen to grow in Queensland, so we started talking. I think it will be a good, successful marriage between the two companies."

McCurdy said the acquisition allowed Clariti's sales teams to start targeting Queensland companies with offices in other parts of the country. S Central's datacentre capabilities were also a plus, he said.

Melbourne-based S Central has been on the acquisitions trail in a bid to become a national services provider. In the last 12 months, it has made seven purchases including NSW-based Rich Computing; Melbourne-based integrator, ExpressApps, and its sister distributor, Infotronics; and NSW integrator, AGM IT.

Mavridis said the acquisitions had doubled S Central's annual revenue to $60 million. With the acquisition of AGM IT, ExpressApps and now Clariti, S Central would also be one of the top Citrix partners in the country, he said.

More acquisitions were scheduled for the third and fourth quarters of the current financial year, Mavridis said.

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