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Didata to focus on cloud

Audra Mahlong Dec 13,2011 0 Comments

Didata logo Didata to focus on cloudDimension Data says it will beef up its cloud solutions in the next 12 months as the company announces strong financial result.  In the next 12 months, the company says will focus on building its cloud solutions and services portfolio and global cloud infrastructure and platform.

“The Group’s acquisition of OpSource in July and the formation of our Cloud Business Unit were critical steps in accelerating our cloud computing strategy. We are on track to go-to-market with our cloud value proposition which includes a world leading architecture and set of innovative solutions and services.”

“There’s enormous value in what our heritage in systems integration brings to cloud, and I believe our expertise and skills are critical differentiators in the marketplace. The extension of our services expertise and capabilities, coupled with our ability to bring clients a cloud solution for every stage on their journey to cloud will prove a true game-changer for Dimension Data,” the company said.

Commenting on the Group’s overall performance, Brett Dawson, Dimension Data’s CEO said the company performed well against the difficult economy.“Against the backdrop of a volatile global economy and tough trading conditions, this year’s double digit growth is an outstanding performance. In addition, our growth in Managed Services was particularly pleasing. We have built a strong foundation from which to generate growth. That’s because we anticipated key market trends such as IP networking, Unified Communications, virtualisation and cloud, and moved early to provide our clients with the relevant solutions and services,” he said.

Dimension Data has announced what the company calls a strong set of results for the year ended September 2011 with revenue increasing   14.8% to reach US$ 5.79 billion from US$ 4.74 billion in 2010, and double digit operating profit growth of 10.8%. Dimension Data’s System’s Integration business, which makes up 78% of total revenue, continues to be the main thrust behind the Group’s success, recorded total revenues of US$ 4.5 billion and a 12.8% growth year-on-year with an operating profit of US$ 202.7 million – up 7% on FY10.

By region, Europe, Asia and Australia delivered good growth, while MEA was steady the company says . In the Americas, Canada, Mexico and Chile recorded excellent growth, with operating profit in the USA flat year on year. In the Group’s other businesses, Internet Solutions grew revenue by 6.9%; Plessey lifted revenue by 22.9% and Express Data’s revenues expanded by 24.3%, with Merchants and Learning Solutions delivering strong contributions.

Internet Solutions grew operating profit by 9.1% at an operating margin of 12.6%, supported by an ongoing capital expenditure programme. Operating profit in Express Data declined by 5.6% for the year reflecting product margin pressures while Plessey’s operating profit improved substantially off a low base in FY2010.

Services revenues in the Group’s SI business were up 17.7%, supported by solid Managed Services and Professional Services.  The company says while Managed Services was consistent throughout the period, Professional Services growth slowed in the second half, in line with lower Product growth. Gross margin was 21.8%, slightly lower (0.4%) than 2010.

“This was mainly the result of lower Managed Services margins, while Product and Professional Services margins were stable. Product revenues expanded 12.8%, with a weaker performance in the second half, in an environment where clients were holding back on major new technology projects,” the company stated.

This year, the Group also continued to build on its substantial Annual Services Contract Value, with growth of 13.0% over the previous year. “This gives us tremendous confidence knowing that we are providing value to our clients and that they trust our ability to deliver. Over the next 12 months, we will accelerate our multi-vendor, multi-geography, and pro-active services, specifically Managed Services and IT Outsourcing,” explained Dawson.

Dimension Data continues to be perfectly positioned to meet clients’ network integration requirements. “The network remains the integral, mission critical platform not only for core business processes, but for all forms of IT and communications. And as clients start to exploit new technologies such as data centre networking, performance optimisation, and wireless to enable their networks to act as a true platform for business, our portfolio of assessment services will help them determine their roadmaps and architectures.”

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