South African business continuity service provider, ContinuitySA, part of
the AltX-listed Dialogue Group, has acquired SunGard Availability Services
SA, the South African operations of SunGard Availability Services – the
pioneer and leading provider of information availability and business
As part of the arrangement, ContinuitySA has taken over SunGard Availability
Services' premises in Randburg and Midrand. For SunGard's customers it is
business as usual as they continue to receive their regular services
following the completion of the acquisition.
Allen Smith, MD of ContinuitySA, says the two companies are remarkably
similar and that the new combined business will be able to offer services to
existing customers with multiple sites and a stronger marketing message to
attract new customers.
"Both companies operate in the business continuity and disaster recovery
space and offer office recovery and call centre outsourcing services," says
Smith. "These services will continue and will be bolstered by the solutions
on offer from ContinuitySA's consulting arm.
"I am confident that the customers who have come to know and trust SunGard
will continue to be in good hands with ContinuitySA. The acquisition will
strengthen the quality of business continuity and disaster recovery services
on offer to existing and prospective customers in South Africa as a whole.
SunGard's existing premises and staff will continue to operate as normal.
"Our customers can be assured of continued service from a leading business
continuity and disaster recovery company in South Africa," says Keith
Tilley, executive vice president: UK & Europe, SunGard Availability
SunGard Availability Services SA operated in a variety of industries
including the financial services industry, retail, mining and government.
ContinuitySA has a very strong presence in these arenas.
"ContinuitySA has also expanded its Midrand premises to include a new 8 000
square metre location and was looking to meet customer requirements and
establish a second centre closer to the West Rand," adds Smith. "The deal
with SunGard Availability Services will give us immediate premises in
Randburg. More than merely a location, it will provide staffed and equipped
premises with an existing base of customers."
The acquisition met with completion requirements on 13 June 2008.