Empired Limited acquires OBS

OBS Logo23 Sep, 2013OBS, a leading Australian IT services company and winner of the BRW Best Place to Work in 2012 has been acquired by Empired Limited (ASX:EPD).

Through the acquisition, Empired is adding 150 people to its nearly 300 person strong team. OBS adds a strong Microsoft capability and focus.  It also brings geographic coverage and strength on both eastern and western seaboards of Australia.

“After a strong FY13 and a private equity investment in March 2013, OBS’ future growth and path to continued success will be accelerated by joining Empired, an organisation that shares OBS’ vision and values around people and customer experience,” said Andy Neumann, Managing Director, OBS.

This acquisition realises significant immediate and long term growth for both organisations, as they are strongly aligned and complementary in terms of both business direction and business model.

“Empired is excited to combine the skills and experience of the OBS management team and staff with the Empired Group. OBS is a great business and Empired will be actively supporting the current leadership team” said Russell Baskerville, Empired’s Managing Director.

“The addition of OBS is complementary to the prior acquisition of Conducive, which was an initiative to diversify into application development and consulting to complement Empired’s strong infrastructure managed services business. OBS significantly enhances that capability in the Microsoft web content management and CRM space where we are seeing strong demand.

“This transaction firmly cements Empired as a major provider of IT services with a national footprint across Australia.”

“With such a complementary fit between the organisations, the combined strength of Empired’s managed services with OBS’ project services will be much sought after in the Australian marketplace,” Mr Baskerville said.

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About Empired
Empired Ltd is a national IT Services Provider with a broad range of capabilities and a reputation for delivering enterprise class IT services and solutions. Established in 1999, Empired is a publicly listed company (ASX:EPD) formed in Western Australia and with offices in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.

With a team of nearly 300 people, Empired has built a reputation for service excellence and is a leading provider of business technology solutions to both government and private sectors. We work with clients to deliver high quality solutions to meet their business requirements.

Empired operates through two interactive business streams, Enterprise Application & Consulting Services (EA&C) and Infrastructure Services.  Together they provide a breadth of service and expertise not seen in other consultancies bringing together a range of services to provide ‘end-to-end’ advice and solutions.

Our flexible service delivery approach and “can do” attitude has enabled Empired to secure clients that range from medium size entities through to large enterprise accounts with services delivered across Australia, South East Asia and beyond.

About OBS
OBS is a leading Australian IT Services Company focused on helping organisations transform their business with Microsoft technology. OBS provides world class consulting, implementation, development and managed application services around Microsoft SharePoint, Dynamics CRM and Cloud technologies.

OBS is recognised for its passionate people, innovative solutions, and proven success in more than 300 organisations across Australia including a quarter of the ASX 200.

Backed by TA Associates, Updata and Macquarie Capital, OBS has more than 150 staff in offices across Australia that service Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

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