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One big Cloud provider: Cloud Sherpas and GlobalOne merge

One big Cloud provider: Cloud Sherpas and GlobalOne merge

$20 million raised to create global Cloud service provider powerhouse

Enterprise-focused Cloud vendor, Cloud Sherpas, has merged with salesforce.com consulting partner, GlobalOne.

The new company, which retains the Cloud Sherpas title, was created to be one of the largest Cloud service providers in the world.

It will focus on helping customers adopt and enhance Cloud solutions.

David Northington, former GlobalOne CEO and previously CapGemini North American applications services group chief operating officer, will be CEO of Cloud Sherpas.

Former Cloud Sherpas CEO, Douglas Shepard, will be president of Cloud Sherpas’ Google business unit.

All other founders and senior managers from GlobalOne and Cloud Sherpas will remain with the new organisation.

Cloud Sherpas founder of GlobalOne and senior vice-president for Asia-Pacific, John Orrock, said that the merger was made when both the companies were looking to expand and collaborating enabled the alignment of both the companies’ visions.

“There was very little overlap in the companies themselves, in terms of the organisations. There were a lot of complementary areas, such as the Google operations. We were also on the same page from a capabilities standpoint,” Orrock said.

Cloud Sherpas received a $20 million venture capital investment from Columbia Capital, which last year invested $15 million in GlobalOne.

According to Orrock, Columbia Capital provided the investment as it was looking to funding out a company focusing on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Cloud computing.

The investment will be positioned to drive Cloud computing adoption in the CRM, financial services, social enterprise, mobile and government markets in A/NZ and globally.

The funds will allow Cloud Sherpas to extend its reach into new geographic regions, further development of vertical market solutions, and continue to expand its portfolio of Cloud-based applications that unify Cloud interoperability.

“We’re also looking at going beyond Google and Salesforce.com technologies to include possibly a third and fourth technology area. Geographically, we’re looking at opportunities in Europe and, more broadly, across Asia-Pacific and Japan,” he said.

As a result of the merger, the company is actively looking to recruit in roles such as solution architects, project managers, business analysts, as well as sales, marketing and business development executives.

GlobalOne also recently developed an offshore delivery centre based in the Philippines and acquired a mobile app development team from Vodafone.


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