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KID acquires stake in Fivaz Consulting


Data specialist Knowledge Integration Dynamics (KID has acquired a stake in business intelligence (BI) consulting firm, Fivaz Consulting, to be renamed IT & Business Services SA (ITB).

The acquisition strengthens KID’s Microsoft BI capability, reinforcing its position as one of the most formidable BI and data warehouse companies in the country.
“The acquisition gives us a broader access to skills and vice versa,” says KID MD Aubrey van Aswegen. “The culture, vision and ethos of the two businesses fit well. We actively started the merger eight months ago, treating it with the proper gravity to ensure tight integration of the two teams. We support the model that one and one gives us three. In this case MD Adrian Fivaz obtains traction into a larger customer base, he fast tracks his growth through KID's value-add, and we gain equity in a business that will deliver immense value to both sets of shareholders.”
Fivaz will remain as MD of ITB and all of the company’s employees will remain in place and retain their equity in the business.
ITB, with experience in the financial services, healthcare and administration, manufacturing, and gaming industries, will share KID’s operational infrastructure and administration facilities.
“KID’s strategy matches ours,” says Fivaz. “The two companies are closely aligned and I’ll be able to leverage off KID’s solid operational disciplines so that I can more rapidly implement my sustainable growth plan.”
ITB already boasts a blue-chip client base, including household brands in the financial services sector. Fivaz says people are critical to his operation and retaining scarce SQL skills in the current market means garnering the cream of the BI project crop.
“The calibre of person who becomes a BI consultant must be able to push the envelope and be at the forefront of the industry,” says Fivaz. “KID will open doors for us into top projects.”
Van Aswegen says while KID will have access to ITB’s specialised Microsoft-based BI skills, ITB will gain access to KID’s broad-based BI and data warehouse skills and technologies.
KID has close ties, and accesses technologies and skills from, Informatica, Oracle, Cognos, Microsoft, MicroStrategy and IBM.
“We have skills sets in multiple technologies, focus on the business issues and deliverables and ensure the best technologies are deployed to support specific applications,” says van Aswegen. “We also consult on strategy development, capability development, realisation programmes, offer training courses and are committed to knowledge transfer.”