IBM acquires telco consulting firm Sentaca for 5G and hybrid cloud
In its release, IBM said that the acquisition will accelerate its hybrid cloud consulting business to solve clients’ strategic and technology challenges such as cost-of-ownership, monetisation, scalable and secure architecture, and address opportunities including 5G, IoT, and streaming.
Since Arvind Krishna was appointed IBM CEO in April 2020, the company has acquired more than 20 companies. Through acquisitions such as Sentaca, IBM has been aligning the company towards hybrid cloud and associated IT consulting opportunities.
Other cloud consulting firms bought by IBM include Nordcloud, Taos, BoxBoat, and SXiQ, which all fit in with IBM Global Business Services’ new and rebranded name ‘IBM Consulting’.
According to its release, these acquisitions have all significantly expanded IBM’s multicloud transformation, management expertise, and capabilities in Europe and North America.
IBM takes on a large percentage of the telco sector with more than 80% of the world’s largest telcos working with the company, and more than 140 telcos served by IBM and Red Hat – another company the tech giant bought.
“Our goal is to help modern networks thrive in an open, hybrid cloud environment that will bring edge and 5G to life for enterprises and consumers,” said John Granger, senior vice president of IBM Consulting. “The proliferation of mobile devices, wireless connectivity, and new media platforms id driving convergence among telco, media, and entertainment, which makes our acquisition of Sentaca all the more valuable for our clients.”
“Sentaca’s deep knowledge and experience of telecom networks, coupled with our expertise in hybrid multi-cloud and automation services and solutions, is a perfect fit to compliment IBMs telco/5G strategy,” said Phil O’Neill, CEO of Sentaca. “We are very excited to join the IBM team and to be in a position to access additional resources and platforms to deliver on even larger and more ambitious enterprise cloud transformation projects within telco and media industry sector.”
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