Dimension Data sizes up information technology for its clients. South Africa's largest IT services company provides consulting, managed services, and systems integration to businesses worldwide. It specializes in converged communications, customer interactive services, data centers, network integration, and security. Dimension Data's product partners include such vendors as Cisco Systems and Microsoft. Customers have included companies in the automotive (Mazda), financial services (Compass Bancshares) education, government, health care, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing sectors, among others. The company is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based telecommunications carrier NTT.
Buoyed by the strength of the yen versus other currencies, NTT acquired Dimension Data in 2010 for about $3.2 billion as part of its push to expand internationally. The purchase more than doubled NTT's international business, and contributed to overall sales growth in 2011 as revenue from NTT's voice services continued to decline. Dimension Data's focus on developing and managing technology systems complements NTT's telecommunications infrastructure expertise.
Pushing again into the US, Dimension Data acquired US-based telecommunications expense management software developer Xigo in 2012. The purchase extended the company's ability to provide a full range of managed communications services supported by enterprise applications designed to automate such functions as spending analysis, sourcing, and invoice processing. Dimension Data plans to expand Xigo's brand in the US and eventually introduce services based on its technology to international clients.
Also that year the company rolled out software-backed services intended to help businesses establish their cloud computing systems. Dimension Data's CloudControl platform enables planning, design, deployment, and management of private and public cloud computing environments. It includes managed hosting, data backup, and other support services.
With offices in about 50 countries, the company moved deeper into the Latin American market in 2010 when it acquired a 51% stake in Magenta Computacion, a systems integrator based in Santiago, Chile. Magenta was rebranded as Dimension Data Chile. Dimension Data Americas has operations in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico, as well as Canada and the US.
Also that year Dimension Data bought UK-based videoconferencing systems integrator mvision as part of its effort to build its expertise in the managed video services market and expand its presence in the UK. mvision supplied, installed, and maintained videoconferencing systems for clients in a range of industries. Additionally it bought New Zealand-based IT services provider Integral Axon Computer Systems in a move that approximately doubled the size of its business in the Asia Pacific region.
In 2011 Dimension Data acquired OpSource to become part of its newly created cloud services unit. The deal added US operations in California and Virginia, as well as additional locations in the UK, Ireland, and India. OpSource specializes in cloud automation services for businesses, other service providers, and software vendors. OpSource had been a partner of NTT since 2008, and NTT bought a 5% stake in the company in 2009.
Also that year Dimension Data acquired the domestic distribution arm of Simms International to expand its presence in Australia, and Integral Axon, a New Zealand-based IT services provider. – less