Aurelius, the German backer of services player Getronics, is to plough €10m (£8m) into the business to smooth its internal processes and help it better address its customers’ needs.
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The money will be spent in three areas, the implementation of an internal private cloud infrastructure across the entire group, easing workflow processes; the launch of an internal BYOD capability for Getronics employees, and an extension to its outward-facing cloud portfolio.
According to Getronics the third slice of investment will provide its clients with a true end-to-end managed services proposition, including hosted applications, online workspaces and provisioning of standard IT services.
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