Unisys secures Queensland connection

Unisys secures Queensland connection

The local operations of Unisys has manoeuvred to bolster its Queensland presence by acquiring Brisbane-based IT services company QCOM in a cash sale for an undisclosed sum.

According to Phil Heggie, local managing principal, Unisys services, the move to acquire QCOM was all about "adding critical mass in Queensland". He also wouldn't rule out further acquisitions as the company looks to ramp up its applications development and ebusiness services offerings.

"We will continue to acquire where we have specific needs," Heggie said. "We are looking for more capabilities in the development and management of applications and business-to-business ecommerce, which is the real growth sector for services at the moment."

Heggie said the current chronic shortages of skilled people in all aspects of IT services delivery meant that Unisys has to look beyond its internal growth to keep up with emerging demand for ebusiness and application development services.

"We are going to grow our skills organically, but you just can't grow fast enough to keep up with the demand at the moment."

Unisys was already partnering with QCOM, which Heggie said is on target to achieve revenues in excess of $20 million this calendar year, to deliver the development and maintenance component of its broader IT services contract for the Queensland TAFE.

Negotiations between Unisys and the almost entirely Queensland-focused company had been underway for about six months.

QCOM brings a staff of about 130 (including permanent contractors) to the Unisys resources pool, all of whom will remain in Brisbane under the new owners.

Roger Worthington, founder and recently retired MD of QCOM, said that he was enthusiastic about the opportunities presented by being under the wings of Unisys. "The brief from Unisys on the company's plans for the IT services sector demonstrated a clear potential for benefit for QCOM into the future," he said in a press statement.

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