Inside the mega merger of CCL and Revera
- 25 February, 2019 05:00
Andrew Allan inducted into the Reseller News Hall of Fame in 2017
The coming together of Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) and Revera represents a $146.5 million investment by Spark to become the undisputed technology leader in New Zealand.
Datacom, will of course, have something to say about such a bold claim, but as the dust settles on an industry-defining merger, how will the Kiwi market be impacted?
The combined entity of Revera, acquired for $96.5 million in 2013, and CCL, snapped up for $50 million in 2015, represents an attempt by Spark to gain advantage in an increasingly competitive market, a market which is consolidating by the year.
The new business will be spearheaded by current CEO of CCL Andrew Allan - inducted into the Reseller News Hall of Fame in 2017 - with Revera CEO Robin Cockayne set to move to another role within Spark.
“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,” said Allan, at the time of the announcement.
According to Allan, both businesses have recorded “significant year-on-year growth” since 2013.
“Both Revera and CCL have been extremely successful under Spark ownership,” he added. “But the market is shifting to new modes of consumption and delivery.
“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.”
Allan now assumes responsibility of more than 700 employees, in offices across Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Nelson, in addition to Blenheim, Dunedin and Invercargill.
Founded in 1990, CCL provides services expertise across the entire technology spectrum, spanning infrastructure, data protection, end-user computing and network services, alongside hybrid cloud, security, security and project management.
Key vendors include Microsoft, VMware, Dell EMC and Cisco, in addition to Commvault, Veeam, Citrix and NetApp.
Furthermore, the business is backed up by a strong data centre investment across the country, having established its first facility in 2005.
Within the space of 14 years, another three locations have been built including the provider’s flagship data centre in Christchurch.
Meanwhile, Revera - founded in 2002 - is also well-versed in the provision of wide-ranging technology services, leveraging deep specialisation within cloud across as-a-service offerings.
Within the context of cloud, high-performance computing and migration skill-sets exist, delivered through managed and consultancy services.
Such expertise extends into the world of big data, disaster recovery and risk mitigation, as well as security, storage and collaboration tools.
Delving deeper, key Revera products include CloudCreator, which provides an instant picture of cloud utilisation and spend across an organisation’s entire hybrid cloud platform, leveraging Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
Other key vendors include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, VMware, Veeam and Oracle, alongside NetApp, Fortinet, Megaport, Commvault and Hitachi Data Systems.
From an end-user standpoint, the new-look business serves a varied customer base across the country.
Profiled customers on the Revera website showcases work with Auckland Council, Stats NZ, Electoral Commission and Genesis Energy, in addition to iMoko, Patience Project and NZRL among others.
Meanwhile, CCL testimonials come from customers such as Lincoln University, Christchurch City Council, Nelson Bays Primary Health, Brightwater Group and Christchurch Casino.