AULDHOUSE Computer Training has acquired the rights to provide Cisco training, with its buyout of Training Partners New Zealand from Datacraft for an undisclosed sum.
With the acquisition, Auldhouse will become a Cisco Systems Learning Partner, enabling it to offer Cisco technical and certification training.
Training Partners has topped Auldhouse’s list of potential companies to buy for some time, says Auldhouse general manager Melanie Hobcraft. And adding Cisco courses to its offerings was one of the major motivators for the acquisition, she says.
Hobcraft says the Cisco acquisition suits Auldhouse’s model perfectly, as it is already the largest Microsoft technical training provider in the country and most of its customers run both Microsoft and Cisco environments.
Also, many Cisco partners and customers already have relationships with Auldhouse, which previously onsold Learning Partners Cisco training, says Hobcraft.
“Our customers can now come to us for just about everything and it makes it easier for them to rationalise their IT training spend,” she says.
Auldhouse, which is fully owned by Gen-i, will merge the Training Partners operation with its own and will retain all Training Partners staff.
As a result, it is bringing Cisco training to the South Island for the first time through its Christchurch branch. Training Partners only had branches in Wellington and Auckland.
Having Cisco training on their doorstep will be a big benefit to South Island customers and partners, says Hobcraft.
“The cost of investing in training, particularly for some certifications, is very high and then to pay for airfares and accommodation to send people to Auckland, Wellington or even across to Australia just adds a huge cost to the customer,” she says.
Learning Partners also offered Foundry Networks and Checkpoint courses, which will be retained by Auldhouse.
Datacraft managing director Robin Hartendorp says although Training Partners was a successful and profitable part of the company, it was not growing at the same pace as the rest of the business.
“We only did Cisco training and the market is only so big,” he says.
“Our core business is doing very well. We did not want to be a training organisation and we are sure Auldhouse will do a better job.”