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Avanade has made a move to bolster its standing in the Microsoft ecosystem by acquiring Quantiq, which specialises in the vendor’s business applications.
The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, hands Avanade a business with a track record in Dynamics 365 and Microsoft’s enterprise-focused applications and a handle on enterprise resource planning (ERP).
Founded in 1991, Quantiq has built up a team of 300 professionals focused on Microsoft Dynamics 365, Power Platform and Azure. Outside the UK, the firm has offices in India, the Philippines and the US. In its most recent results for 2020, the business reported growth of 31%, revenues of £31.3m and operating income of £3.3m.
The tie-up is expected to give Avanade a bigger profile in the Microsoft partner ecosystem, and will help the firm provide more support for customers looking for help with their digital transformation strategies.
“Microsoft continues to make strong investments in Dynamics 365 as a key pillar of digital transformation,” said Andy Gillett, general manager for Avanade UK and Ireland. “With Quantiq and its strong reputation as a trusted Microsoft partner, we see a huge opportunity for Avanade to quickly scale up to meet the growing need for solutions that help organisations realise much-needed business efficiencies, agility and resilience, and also help overcome barriers to growth.”
Stuart Fenton, CEO of Quantiq, said combining with Avanade would give the business more opportunities to support customers.
“Avanade represents an opportunity for Quantiq to expand its client offerings, making use of its entire range of technologies and service capabilities, as well as gain access to a global network of Dynamics professionals to help serve our international client base,” he said.
The pace of consolidation across the channel has been fairly brisk this year, and earlier today, CloudCoCo moved for IDE Group Connect and Nimoveri from IDE Group Holdings for £250,000.
There has also been consolidation in the Microsoft ecosystem, with e-commerce gifting, sales and distribution specialist Hemingways acquiring Microsoft gold partner Bliss-Systems for an undisclosed sum back in May as just one example.