Fujitsu Consulting acquires Aussie IT services company

Okere will create SaaS capability

Fujitsu Consulting today announced it has acquired Okere, an IT services company that was the brainchild of Australian John Orrock.

Okere provides planning, design and implementation services in the deployment of customer relationship management (CRM) and custom solutions based on the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.

The acquisition will form the basis of a new business unit within Fujitsu Consulting focusing on the rapidly expanding SaaS model.

Gartner forecasts a compound annual growth rate for SaaS of 22.1 percent through 2011, more than double the growth rate of enterprise software.

Fujitsu Consulting CEO, John Rose, said by incorporating SaaS capabilities the provider has an optimal blend of expertise, agility and customer responsiveness.

Okere founder and CEO, John Orrock, is excited about being a part of Fujitsu Consulting.

"We are combining our expertise in SaaS-based CRM solutions with the scale, global reach and resources of Fujitsu," he said.

Salesforce.com senior vice president of worldwide channels, Bobby Napiltonia, said Okere continues to be a strategic partner with a track record of success serving clients of every size, from pilot programs of 250 users to multi-year deployments for more than 20,000 users.

Okere's operations in the United Kingdom and Australia will remain intact as part of the new business unit within Fujitsu Consulting.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited reported revenues of 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.

- with Sandra Rossi

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