Webcom acquires 50 percent stake in RDB Consulting

7 July 2009

The Webcom Group, an Information Communication Technology (ICT) solutions company, has bought a 50 percent stake in professional ICT consulting services provider RDB Consulting. The acquisition, which is effective immediately, will see RDB Consulting bring established Database and OS skills to Webcom’s existing successful end-to-end ICT products and solutions offering, allowing The Group to extend and enhance its current value proposition to the Global marketplace.

The RDB Consulting deal is part of Webcom’s growth-by-acquisition strategy which entails the company acquiring skills and expertise already available in the South African market. Webcom has also, however, shown tremendous organic growth since its establishment in 1998, with customers throughout Africa and the Middle East as well as representation in the United Kingdom
(UK) and the United States of America (USA).

According to Glen Miller, CEO of The Webcom Group: “RDB Consulting provided us with the expert database and operating system skills we require to expand our forte. It made complete sense to buy a 50 percent stake in an organisation that already has entrenched experience and an impressive customer reference list. We look forward to our relationship with RDB Consulting, which believe will be mutually beneficial in terms of business growth and skills cross-pollination.”

RDB Consulting provides professional database, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Business Intelligence (BI) and operating system (OS) support, as well as network and security maintenance, consulting, project management, solutions architecture and more.

Webcom and RDB Consulting have worked together in the past on synergistic projects where the similarity in company cultures and RDB Consulting’s ability to add value in terms of its database and OS expertise became clear to Webcom.

Says Jaroslav Cerny, MD of RDB Consulting: “There is undoubtedly a natural fit between our organisations in terms of product and services. Both companies, for example, focus on the financial and telecommunications industries. We believe our newfound relationship with Webcom will indeed be beneficial.”

The Webcom/RDB Consulting deal will enable both organisations to increase their footprint and leverage new opportunities through their respective customer bases. Of particular significance, Webcom’s clients in the banking sector include some of the top financial services companies, including international banks. RDB Consulting will be provided with the opportunity to penetrate this industry with synergistic solutions – and assist Webcom in offering its clients an extended range of services.

In order to more closely align the company brands, RDB Consulting has recently undergone a comprehensive branding exercise, redeveloping its branding in line with its now expanded business offering, which includes networking and security maintenance services.

About RDB Consulting

Established in 1995, RDB Consulting is an outsource and consulting company that specialises in six areas: relational databases, Operating Systems, Business Intelligence/Performance Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Security Managed Services and Network Managed Services. The organisation also offers project management, solutions architecture, on-going maintenance and support and more. Our services are designed to provide businesses access to expert technical resources whether full time, part time, co-managed or via remote administration. This allows companies to focus on their ‘core’
business and leave their ICT issues to the experts.
For further information contact:

Mark Robinson
Service Delivery Manager
RDB Consulting
Tel: 011- 807 7663
Cell: 082 893 0925
E-mail: mark@rdbconsulting.com

The Webcom Group
Glen Miller
Tel: Tel: 011-2346747

Email: glen.miller@webcom.co.za