SoftwareOne picks up AWS partner HeleCloud

Acquisition will add more AWS expertise, give depth to the managed services offering and bring more coverage across EMEA

SoftwareOne has acquired leading Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner HeleCloud as it adds some serious depth to its ability to compete in the cloud managed services space.

UK-based HeleCloud is an AWS MSP and premium AWS consulting partner and will give SoftwareOne more depth around that cloud technology across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), thanks to its operations here, in the Netherlands and Bulgaria.  

The plan is for HeleCloud’s current leadership team and employees to integrate into SoftwareOne’s AWS practice. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in the UK and operating since 2016, HeleCloud brings consulting expertise and knowledge of software architecture, infrastructure engineering and managed services. The firm has positioned itself as the ideal partner for those customers seeking help to navigate the often complex world of public cloud.

SoftwareOne is no stranger to acquisition and has struck numerous deals over the past couple of years, sealing six in 2019 and three in 2020, including GorillaStack, B-lay and InterGrupo.

Javid Khan, AWS global director of SoftwareOne, said it had been targeting growth from the public cloud and the deal would support that aim. 

“With its market-leading position, this acquisition will help us further build out SoftwareOne’s cloud migration service offering, one of our strategic growth initiatives, and accelerate our growth in AWS-related services in EMEA,” he said. “With HeleCloud joining us, we continue to expand SoftwareOne’s capabilities to enable our customers in their journey to AWS, as well as their overall cloud and digital transformation.”

Dob Todorov, CEO and co-founder of HeleCloud, said that the tie-up would also have benefits for its business.

“SoftwareOne gives HeleCloud the opportunity to operate at scale, a benefit for our customers,” he said. “It is the ideal platform for enabling customers of all sizes worldwide to benefit from cloud by using HeleCloud’s  repeatable success patterns and accelerators for cloud adoption.

“The integration into SoftwareOne will allow our employees to have an even bigger impact. Together with SoftwareOne’s global AWS practice, we will be able to amplify our capabilities and help a broader number of customers with their AWS-cloud adoption.”

Speaking to MicroScope earlier this year, Walter Heck, CTO at HeleCloud, said the pandemic had been a wake-up call for many customers and here had been increased adoption of public cloud.

“Corona was a wake-up call,” he said in April. “People started working from home, and that’s when companies started realising ‘hey, we thought we had everything together for a fully remote workforce’,  but actually it turns out that we have some gaps here and there and some are more significant gaps than others.”

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