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Datacom buys Origen, takes Ozone to Australia

Earlier today I wrote Datacom buys Origen, takes Ozone to Australia for the IITP TechBlog.

Buying Origen is an interesting move on Datacom's part. On the surface it's a  simply a consolidation play. The acquisition shores up the company's business in the local government sector - a substantial market for the company.

At the same time, Datacom gets to leverage its Trans-Tasman presence.  The company's brand is well-known and trusted - that can open doors for Origen where a 15-person Tauranga-based outfit might struggle. Australians are used to dealing with larger technology providers and may wonder if a small company can provided the depth of support. That's probably not fair - but then life isn't either.

But the part that caught my eye is that Datacom plans to offer Origen along with cloud services and business process management. That's a business where its relative scale can score.  Presumably there are a lot more specialist vertical market software developers out there who could do with a similar cloud and services leg-up.

I suspect we will see more acquisitions of a similar nature.

[digitl 2014]


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