Fourier Technologies merges with Webster Computer Systems

Fourier Technologies merges with Webster Computer Systems

​Merger will enhance its IT&T support services for Webster’s clients.

Sydney-based Fourier Technologies has merged with Webster Computer Systems, after Webster was placed into liquidation in October last year.

Liquidator, Christopher Palmer from O’Brien Palmer was appointed at the time and entered into a sales agreement with Fourier in March.

In November 2013, it was announced that Webster’s IT services business was purchased by digital media company, ReelTime Media, but the acquisition fell through a year later before it was finalised and ReelTime was placed into voluntary administration in April 2015 after ASIC applied to wind up the business in NSW Supreme Court.

Webster was also known as Websys, had been around since 1970, originally as a PC assembly business with locations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

It was an Intel GID and Premier Partner, Microsoft OEM, HP, Red Hat and IBM Partner. Websys handled OEM specialist products from SCO, Digi, Stallion/Lantronix, Perle/Specialix, Moxa and other industrial systems. They distributed and imported product direct from Nagasaki, Moxa, Teco, and Arbor.

Websys were also dealers in Zultys, Cisco-Linksys, Epson, 3Com, SMC, MYOB, Telstra, D-Link, Netcomm, MSI, Gigabyte, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, OKI, Star, Posiflex and other POS equipment.

The company was involved in a long court battle along with other resellers (Annabelle Bits also known as ASI) up against Fujitsu Australia when in 2000 the vendor released a hard disk drive range to its OEM partners globally. Both Annabelle Bits and Webster used the drives as part of PC systems for their customers across Australia but a defect with the units internal chip left customers all over the world with faulty drives and resulted in significant commercial losses for suppliers, the local businesses claimed.

Annabelle Bits and Webster took the matter to the Federal Court in 2007 and were granted the right to pursue proceedings against Fujitsu in Japan.

According to Fourier’s website, the merger will further enhance its IT&T support services for Webster’s clients.

Customers will now have access to a team of about 20 staff across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide; along with IT and telecommunications services spanning 24/7 IT support, Cloud/hosting solutions, IT consulting projects, hardware and software procurement.

Fourier was founded in 1998 by Adrian Sheedy and has partnerships with Microsoft, Citrix, Global Switch, Nexon, M2 Group and Lenovo.

ARN has contacted Sheedy for further comment.

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