Making its intentions clear in the Microsoft services space, Bytes System Integration has bought Cape Town-based solutions specialist Silverminute. 

Although no financial details were made available, one source indicated that the deal is worth "a couple of million".
The acquisition is also one of the first steps Bytes is taking in consolidating its Microsoft services and technology operations, the ultimate aim being to build a one-stop "solutions powerhouse" in southern Africa.
“It is our goal to become the largest supplier of Microsoft business solutions and services to customers throughout South Africa, Africa and the UK, and it is with this that we began looking at adding core skills to our existing Microsoft division,” says Rob Griggs, executive director at Bytes.
“Silverminute immediately gives us a significantly increased capability in the specialised Microsoft development arena, providing us key development skills outside of those we already have.”
Silverminute, which also has a UK office, has projects currently running locally, as well as in Switzerland, India and Australia.
It specialises in software development, system packaging, maintenance, deployment support, technical consulting, and outsourced development and services in and around the Microsoft .NET and SOA framework.