Outsourced IT services firm Comms-care has acquired UK channel-based professional services firm Platform Consultancy Services for an undisclosed fee.
The acquisition enables Comms-care to penetrate deeper into the professional services market as it looks to expand its customer propositions around Microsoft, VMware, Citrix and NetApp technologies.
Ben Davies, Managing Director at Comms-care, said: "Platform is a perfect fit for Comms-care because it already delivers high end professional services in technology areas that our customers have immediate requirements for.
"We invest substantial time forging close relationships with our customers to ensure our services proposition is aligned with the needs of their business, and the addition of Platform will bolster those relationships further by demonstrating our commitment to both them and the channel as a whole."
Platform was established in 2002 and delivers a range of professional services to many of the UK's top VARs.
Simon Day, Partner Director at Platform, added: "Many of our partners are Comms-care's partners too so it makes sense to join forces and provide all partners with an enriched collaborative services model."
Comms-care currently supports in excess of 700 channel partners, some of which already use Platform's professional services. The acquisition will consolidate those partner relationships by delivering a much richer customer experience through enhanced partner services and increased operational capabilities.
Davies added: "We have seen a huge increase in requests from our partner base to provide more professional services around emerging Microsoft technologies such as Office 365, Lync, Hyper-V, System Centre, as well as Citrix and VMware virtualisation solutions.
"The business combination with Platform enables us to meet that demand while still providing the levels of service our partners have come to expect."
As part of the business combination Platform's original board members of Sean Armstrong, Andrew Mansfield and Nigel Roberts will all remain within the business and continue to drive forward their relevant technology streams.
Platform's Partner Director, Simon Day will take a seat on the Comms-care Board as Professional Services Director and will be responsible for all Platform related business.
Comms-care is in advanced stages of identifying other opportunities that will add further capability to its expanding services portfolio.