Telstra Acquires Readify, Adding Enterprise Cloud App Expertise

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Australian telecom Telstra has acquired software developer and Microsoft services provider Readify, according to an announcement on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Readify builds apps for customers, but also has a Microsoft focus, and has helped build some of the largest Azure implementations in Australia. Readify architects, implements, and supports products like SharePoint and Office 365, and has received several awards from Microsoft.

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“As we know, apps and software in general are playing an increasingly important role in businesses. Readify is recognized globally for its innovative software solutions and will further help us create software-led digital transformations with our customers,” Telstra Executive Director Global Enterprise and Services, Michelle Bendschneider said. “Readify will provide application development and data analytics services, nicely complementing Kloud’s existing services. It will enable Telstra to add incremental value to customers in enterprise cloud applications, API-based customisation and extensions as well as business technology advisory services.”

Readify acquired Huegin Consulting in September, and its team includes 160 software developers and about 40 other staff. The announcement seems to imply that they will be integrated with the Telstra team, which has been the company’s tendency over a string of recent local acquisitions.

Australian cloud companies Telstra has acquired since 2013 include migration provider Kloud in January of this year, network integrator and consultancy O2 Networks, information security, data management, and network integration company Bridge Point Communications, and unified communications and call center technology integrator NSC.

Telstra acquired the Singapore and Hong Kong-based data center and submarine cable network operator Pacnet for nearly $700 million in early 2015. It subsequently broke the company up and sold its holdings in Singapore and Thailand for $4.4 million. The company also invested in Chinese cloud storage firm Qiniu early in 2016, and has been ramping up its cloud capabilities to serve not just its domestic market, but the whole region.

To that end, Telstra launched a multi-cloud managing gateway in April.

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