Integral buys Acumen Solutions

System integration consolidation continues apace

System integration specialist Integral Technology Group has extended its business into the consulting space by purchasing Acumen Solutions, formerly known as Manufact Data Systems.

The purchase price has not been disclosed, though Ray Noonan, chief operating officer of Integral, says it was a 100% cash deal.

“Integral acquired Acumen for its capabilities in the development, supply and support of industry-specific software solutions with particular focus on warehouse management and logistics,” he says.

“Acumen will bring industry-specific application solutions to Integral’s service suite as well as strengthening Integral’s emerging software capabilities. For Acumen’s clients, Integral will bring a significant services capability including facilities management, outsourcing and helpdesk solutions as well as the full suite of Microsoft and IBM services.”

Integral is an IBM partner. It acquired CSI’s sales channel arm from IBM in 2004.

It will add 22 Acumen staff to its current complement of 60 staff. Noonan says the acquisition will give it critical mass in Christchurch, where it has a development centre. “We’ll add 11 staff there.”

Integral was IBM’s leading provider of pSeries technology in 2003 and 2004.

Noonan says Integral had been looking at areas to add value and provide continued growth.

“Traditionally, we have been infrastructually focused. This will allow us to offer a greater depth of infrastructure services to Acumen customers and will take us into the business consultancy area.

“We’re moving up the value chain.”

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