Netbridge Systems Integration, the IT services division of Volante Group, has bought out Queensland-based e-commerce developer Xession in an effort to expand its service offering to include customised Web-based solutions.
The acquisition will compound Netbridge's credibility in the network and business solution sector with Xession's reputation for creative and technical brilliance, according to David Evans, managing director of Netbridge.
"We've always had a strong back end, but our front end hasn't been strong enough to support that," says Alan Kidd, principal e-business consultant for Netbridge.
The integrator will also take over Xession's healthy client list, which is heavily embedded in the government and corporate sector. Existing clients include Brisbane City Council, the Queensland State Government and the Australian National Training Authority. Corporates account for one third of the developer's business.
"Our business is focused on three areas: building the infrastructure, supporting the infrastructure and enhancing the infrastructure. This acquisition will really boost that last sector," adds Ian Petherbridge, Netbridge state manager.
With the ink on the paper barely dry, Xession has already transferred its staff and business to Netbridge's Brisbane office. The brainchild was hatched in December last year.
The speed with which the purchase was performed is reflects the compatibility of the two companies' psychologies, Petherbridge says.
"Xession management clearly saw that Web development needed to be part of a bigger organisation to survive," he says. The failure to recognise this fact has been the death of many of its competitors, including Zivo.
Netbridge is becoming quite the expert at melding business units, following Volante's merger with AAG last year. Kidd says Xession and Netbridge staff is already working on joint projects.Photograph: David Evans, managing director Netbridge