SecureCom acquires Atmospheric

SecureCom acquires Atmospheric and ramps up its cloud services capability

Privately-held IT services provider SecureCom has today acquired cloud specialist Atmospheric Ltd.

Atmospheric is an Auckland-based technology company that was recently placed in receivership. Five of Atmospheric’s staff will join SecureCom’s team at its Auckland site, taking SecureCom’s total employee numbers to over 50 people.

Atmospheric is a recognised industry leader in the architecture, deployment and support of cloud technologies, including Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Cloud Platform. With over eight years of experience deploying and supporting Microsoft cloud, it was named Microsoft’s Cloud SMB Partner of the Year in 2015 and was a finalist in its 2016 Partner of the Year Awards.

Greg Mikkelsen, director of SecureCom, says that the acquisition adds further momentum to the growth strategy of SecureCom, expanding its market reach and strengthening its cloud and managed services offerings.

“We are pleased to bring Atmospheric’s cloud services capability and its terrific team into SecureCom to accelerate our plans for growth,” says Mikkelsen.

“Our goal is to help firms and organisations with their digital transformation, to not only satisfy customer demands but to also drive the agility and operational efficiency they need to stay competitive. This acquisition better positions us to assist New Zealand businesses in the areas of platform IT services and cloud computing.”

The acquisition is highly complementary to SecureCom’s existing managed ICT and cloud services business.

“By acquiring Atmospheric we now have an even deeper capability to deliver innovative end-to-end cloud solutions and managed services for our clients, which span SMEs through to mid-sized and larger corporate businesses,” he adds.

Mikkelsen says that Atmospheric’s team are highly skilled, experienced and qualified in the implementation and support of Microsoft cloud solutions.

“We gain effective and immediate access to the skills of the talented people who have been supporting Atmospheric’s customers over recent years. Atmospheric has a reputation for high quality service which has attracted clients nationally, including organisations with branch sites in Australia, the US and the UK.”

“We are proud to be a Microsoft partner and we look forward to working more closely with Microsoft in the future,” Mikkelsen adds.

The deal provides long-term security for Atmospheric’s existing customers and remaining staff.

“SecureCom has over 13 years of cloud and managed service experience, and our team will ensure the transition is smooth and seamless, working with the Atmospheric team to ensure that each client’s business carries on without any interruption.”

The transaction also has cost and revenue synergies.

“The benefit for us is that we will achieve synergies by combining these businesses, through economies of scale gained from our 24×7 service desk and engineering capability, the consolidation of premises and rationalisation of costs. In addition, there are significant revenue synergies available, including the potential to attract new customers and cross-sell opportunities to existing clients,” says Mikkelsen.

Microsoft New Zealand Partner Group Director Brent Kendrick says that the acquisition will provide a positive solution for Atmospheric’s clients and staff, and builds on SecureCom’s existing Microsoft cloud capability.

“This is a good solution for SecureCom and Atmospheric, and more importantly, for clients of both companies,” says Kendrick. “It combines the skills, experience and qualifications of the two organisations to offer kiwi businesses a highly competent provider for the implementation and support of Microsoft cloud solutions.

“We are working closely with SecureCom to ensure that there is minimal disruption to Atmospheric’s services and customers during the transition,” adds Kendrick.

About SecureCom

Founded in 2003, SecureCom is a pioneer in cloud services in New Zealand, designing, building and managing ICT systems and processes for local businesses. It uses fresh thinking to help its clients with their digital strategy and transformation, ensuring that they get real value from their technology investments.

It provides a range of cloud, hosting and managed ICT services for clients spanning SMEs through to mid-sized and larger corporate businesses. In September 2016, it acquired Atmospheric Ltd, a leader in the architecture, deployment and support of Microsoft cloud technologies, including Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Cloud Platform.

SecureCom has built its reputation on exceptional service delivery, with long-standing client relationships founded on its reliability, flexibility and integrity.

SecureCom’s directors and shareholders are Andrew Holding, Chris New and Greg Mikkelsen – three senior business executives with many years of management experience with leading cloud, infrastructure and managed ICT service providers. SecureCom is a privately-held company, with over 50 staff based at its office in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information, see www.securecom.co.nz