Expansion for SQL Services with buyout

Expansion for SQL Services with buyout

The new owner of Nelson’s SQL Services plans to expand the company’s service offerings beyond Australia and New Zealand.

The Australian arm of Dimension Data, a South African-based global IT services company, acquired the remaining 49 percent share in SQL Services this month. It had previously secured a 51 percent stake in the company through its acquisition of the Secure Data Group in 2004.

According to Dimension Data’s Australian-based solutions and services director Dave D’Aprano, SQL Services has built a great business in New Zealand and is starting to get good traction in Australia.

Dimension Data now wants to expand the company’s reach beyond these markets through its global presence, says D’Aprano. “We’re looking to invest into the business to expand its service offerings and then to take those offerings outside Australia and New Zealand via Dimension Data. I think the opportunities to export some of the intellectual property to both Australia and other parts of the world are quite exciting.”

D’Aprano says SQL Services’ Nelson head office will also be expanded, along with its sales capacity throughout New Zealand. “The opportunity is to embed what SQL Services does in New Zealand more tightly into our overall services strategy.”

However, Dimension Data is not looking to make any changes to SQL Services’ operating model, D’Aprano says.

In Australia, Dimension Data goes to market for SQL Services.

“We already have a number of staff dedicated to selling SQL Services in Australia, so there are no plans to open an office here.”

SQL Services provides managed database services and has offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. Dimension Data also owns distributor Express Data, which it acquired in 2000.

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