Telstra boosts software capabilities with Readify buy

Acquires Melbourne-headquartered Microsoft partner

Readify managing director Graeme Strange

Readify managing director Graeme Strange

Software development company Readify has been snapped up Telstra.

The Microsoft partner has some 200 staff, including 160 developers, Telstra said.

The telco said Readify would complement the capabilities it acquired when it bought Kloud. Telstra announced in January that Kloud, which offers cloud-migration services to enterprises, would join its Network Applications and Services business.

“As we know, apps and software in general are playing an increasingly important role in businesses,” Telstra executive director, global enterprise and services, Michelle Bendschneider, said in a statement.

“Readify is recognised globally for its innovative software solutions and will further help us create software-led digital transformations with our customers.”

“Readify has a proven record of creating innovative solutions with our customers and, with Telstra’s scale, the opportunities are tremendously exciting,” said Readify managing director Graeme Strange.

In its announcement Telstra pointed to a number of other acquisitions it had made that have augmented its technology capabilities, including the acquisition of unified communications and contact centre integrator NSC in 2013, 2 Networks in January 2014, and Queensland-based systems integrator Bridgepoint in October 2014.

CEO Andrew Penn has previously described the Telstra’s vision of becoming a “world class technology company that empowers people to connect”.

“[W]hen I say that our vision is to become a world class technology company, that does not mean to say that we expect to become Microsoft or Google,” the CEO told an investor briefing earlier this year.

“The point is, Telstra, through our capabilities and partnerships, is in a position to provide a window into the best of technology available today and deliver it across our networks to our customers. And there is virtually no technology innovation today that is happening that does not rely on the underlying network”

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