It's a merger that may well create a New Zealand cloud powerhouse, as Spark-owned Revera and Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) set to become the biggest locally-focused IT services company in the country.
Spark purchased Revera and 2013, and two years later it snapped up CCL. Spark's intention was to build on its vision for platform IT services and cloud computing.
With both companies under its wing, Spark will now focus on an amalgamation that is designed to “offer a broader mix of services and capabilities from a single engagement and support engine”.
“We're excited to deliver this news knowing that the merger creates a single organisation providing end-to-end IT management and cloud technology services unrivalled in New Zealand,” comments CCL CEO Andrew Allan.
Allan will lead the newly amalgamated business, while Revera CEO Robin Cockayne will support the amalgamation and then move off to another role within Spark Group.
Cockayne says that the merger is a good fit for the two companies.
“Together these two businesses make a new promise about custodianship, which is bigger than the reputation Revera has forged in IaaS and cloud technology. So it makes sense to run with the challenger brand CCL as we write the next chapter on our combined businesses,” he explains.
“Even so, I'm a little misty-eyed to see the Revera brand disappear from the mantelpiece, but proud of the job it has done and the principles it stands for.
Both companies have also experienced significant growth since 2013.
“Both Revera and CCL have been extremely successful under Spark ownership. But the market is shifting to new modes of consumption and delivery,” says Allan.
“This move is based on the thing clients tell us they value most: the safe hands of a custodian. Combining Revera's deep platform experience with CCL's bespoke professional services delivers expert focus at every step in the management and modernisation of our clients' business technology.
Spark customer director Jolie Hodson believes that the new CCL will help to leverage Spark's investment in the two companies. They helped to build Spark Group's IT managed services and cloud delivery engine.
“We want to extend our position as arguably the leader of IT management and cloud technology services in the country,” says Hodson.
“Combining these two businesses delivers the seamless end-to-end services and expertise more clients demand, and ensures we put a panoptic lens to their businesses,” she continues.
700 employees will work from 11 offices. Work to merge the two companies is already underway.