Integrator SCC is forging ahead with its plans for cloud domination now parent company SCH has offloaded distribution arm SDG.
The Birmingham-based firm announced its intention to make significant investments in facilities and staff as it looks to strengthen its position as the preferred technology and cloud solution partner for mid-sized companies and government organisations.
The £220m war chest from the SDG sale will speed up SCC's evolution into an end-to-end infrastructure services provider, focusing on high-margin segments of the industry, including storage, intelligent networks, virtualisation, datacentre and the cloud.
James Rigby, chief executive of SCC, said: “This is one of the most significant moments in the history of SCC, giving us the added investment and momentum required to capitalise on the great strides the company has taken in recent years. Providing our clients with the comprehensive strategic and technical support they require to underpin sustainable growth and power development has always been our core business, and the investment provided by the disposal of SDG will allow us to strengthen our focus on that area of expertise moving forward.
“At the moment mid-sized private and public sector organisations are caught in the gap between the large global integrators and niche local players, with very little choice in between. We see huge potential in that market – where there are few quality partners that share our range and depth – and the accelerated investment made possible by this move will enable us to further consolidate our reputation as the partner you absolutely want to have helping you to deliver 21st-century IT services.”
SCC become the first UK provider to receive pan-government cloud accreditation earlier this year, which the firm attributes to its record of upfront investment in facilities.
Rigby also hinted that acquisition would play a part in the integrator's growth plans:
"As we move into the next phase of the brand’s evolution we expect that process to continue, with an extensive programme of investment and possible acquisition supporting our bid to become the partner of choice for mid-sized companies and government organisations across Europe," he said.
SCH Group chief executive Sir Peter Rigby added: "SCH has successfully operated both SDG and SCC for 25 years, but with a consolidating channel the opportunity to maximise our return on investment and deploy a single, focused strategy with SCC has become more apparent.
"In Tech Data we have identified the ideal global parent to manage the next phase of the brand’s development, and are delighted to see the company transferred to the ownership of a key international player that we are confident will see it continue to prosper in the years ahead.”
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