Staff at Queensland software and services provider, Practical Computer Services, will be kept on the books after the company was acquired by United Kingdom competitor, Civica.
Practical’s 30 staff will remain in the local government specialist’s Toowoomba premises, which will become Civica’s Queensland headquarters, Civica CEO for international operations, Peter Anderson, said.
“One of the things that it is always a bit difficult when you are in a specialised market like local government over the last couple of years is that it is not always easy to get people that understand the market,” Anderson said. “In this transaction we not only pick up a good customer base, we pick up 30 very competent and capable local government technicians.”
Practical’s predominantly local government clients will have a choice of continuing to use the existing software and systems, or migrating over to Civica’s platform over time.
“Providing solutions into local government is a major focus of ours so it was pretty natural for us, where the stars line up and the transaction looks right, to obtain additional market share,” Anderson said.
“Practical as an acquisition dove tails neatly into our strategy because it gives us a bit more traction into the Queensland local government market. To date we haven’t had an office and infrastructure in that state.”
Civica also picked up the local government business of electionz.com in New Zealand and claimed it now had more than 250 local authority customers across all states of Australia and New Zealand.