Melbourne-based warranty services company, MGR.ecoSolutions, has merged with tier one IBM solutions provider, Computer Gate, to form a new company, Computergate Australia.
With the purchase of Computer Gate’s partner contracts and infrastructure for an undisclosed sum, owner and managing director of the new entity, Mario Greco, said he hoped to leverage its infrastructure to move MGR “to the next level.”
Twelve-year-old Computer Gate was a procurement organisation offering low level services. It was a tier one solutions provider for IBM.
MGR was a year-old company that offered a nationwide extended warranty and support services for vendors including Tandberg and JVC.
With partners including Adobe, Kyocera and IBM, Computergate would offer a range of services, including helpdesk and centralised support services, Greco said. Product ranges included wireless broadband and an iCARE finance service that would be launched shortly. Computergate was working with corporate customers as well as education, Greco said.
It recently signed with Access Providers to offer a wireless broadband alternative to ADSL, which will be marketed to small business. The move towards “a solutions and service based offering” would help move the business away from the low margins which had held back its growth, Greco said.
“We don’t want to be seen as a reseller, but as a service provider,” he said.
Greco hoped to break through the million-dollar turnover mark in the first year of merged operation, and extend the company’s reach to Sydney.