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Dimension Data completes $171m Oakton acquisition Featured

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Global ICT services provider Dimension Data has paid $171 million to acquire Melbourne-based national consulting technology services company Oakton.

The South African-based, Japanese-owned Dimension Data says the acquisition will expand the company’s presence in the Australian market by over 60%.

Dimension Data entered into an agreement to acquire Oakton (ASX:OKN) back in August this year, with the two companies in a successful sales partnership since 2013.

Dimension Data Australia CEO Rodd Cunico described the acquisition as a ‘game-changer’ and said the purchase of Oakton would also significantly broaden the company’s skills and capabilities.

“The acquisition of Oakton aligns with our strategy to address the challenges our clients face as they transform to harness the opportunities of becoming digital enterprises. Oakton’s top-end consulting capability, combined with Dimension Data’s expertise across ICT infrastructure integration, cloud, and outsourcing services, enables us to create, deliver and manage end-to-end business solutions for our clients.”

Oakton shareholders voted in favour of the acquisition on 31 October, and last week the transaction was approved by the Victorian Supreme Court.

Oakton CEO Neil Wilson said Dimension Data and Oakton have a complementary value proposition and footprint and there would be no change in Oakton’s current business strategy.

“Our partnership over the last eighteen months has been very successful. Being part of the same company, we can further accelerate our joint go-to-market positioning and market share acquisition opportunities.

“I’m looking forward to working with Dimension Data to continue driving local innovation in order to address our client’s current and future business challenges. By being at the table together, the thinking gets connected and opens up more strategic opportunities to transform the way our clients do business.”

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