Artis Group has gobbled up Sydney-based IT services firm, Help Base, in a bid to rapidly expand its managed services business and reach into the cloud computing arena.
“This is our first acquisition after five years of organic growth and a very important one for us as it speeds up our managed services strategy,” Artis Group CEO, Peter Giudes, said. “It also helps us launch our cloud computing strategy.”
Help Base specialises in network management and Web-hosting services. Giudes said it had a significant reseller base, strong technical expertise and a longstanding product reseller business as an IBM partner.
“Help Base brings a number of longstanding clients providing annuity-based services to datacentres. That is a good springboard from which to manage our existing managed services client base,” Giudes said.
The acquisition aims to provide long-term contracts with a variety of clients across multiple industries, he said. The rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) was another area of opportunity for the combined IT services company.
“We see lots of opportunity in the SME space, particularly with the forthcoming rollout of the NBN. As more businesses take advantage of the NBN, we want to be in a position to meet those growing demands. Cloud does that, and Help Base’s brand in the SME space, better equips us to go to market,” Giudes said.
Asked about staff cuts or movements, Giudes said the Help Base crew was moving to the Artis headquarters in St Leonards, Sydney and he expected to bring on-board more technical services staff in the coming months.
As part of the integration with Artis, Help Base managing director, Andrew Morrell, will take on a senior service delivery role to ensure a smooth transition.