Ton van Horssen, UK managing director at the South African integrator, said the take-over laid a foundation for the group to offer its managed video services globally, starting with the formation of a separate business unit to handle video communications opportunities. Previously, video was part of DiData’s converged communications division.
“We see more and more demand for managed video services coming in,” he said. “Mvision was really getting some traction with it in the last three years; they clearly have a high level of expertise.”
UK based mvision was a video conference integrator, network, and managed video services provider with strengths in Tandberg telepresence endpoints. Van Horssen would not reveal the sum paid for the five-year-old specialist, which has been valued at $4.4m (£2.81) in total assets.
He said the new division would help DiData deliver managed video more quickly, as well as boosting its presence in hosted unified communications (UC) and new video offerings.
“We had a lot of engineering skills to configure those systems, but we did not have our own managed video service, previously delivering it through partners,” van Horssen added.
There is little overlap between the two firms’ skill sets, so no layoffs are in the pipeline, according to van Horssen. Mvision will keep its London office but over time will be rebranded, and Terry Dwyer, managing director at mvision, will stay on as line-of-business director for visual communications.
“Being part of a global, financially strong organisation with a track record of over 27 years bodes well for our clients, as they will be able to access the strengths of its global partner relationships and broader solution sets,” Dwyer said.
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