Bechtle has acquired a Microsoft Gold partner in Switzerland as the German VAR continues to build its software business in the country.
Bechle snapped up algacom, a Gold-level Microsoft Messaging partner which hit revenues of CHF 6.4m (€5.8m) in 2018.
Algacom employs 34 staff across its headquarters in Basel as well as small sites in Vienna, Austria and Tucumán in Argentina.
It claims to provide migration expertise for collaboration and messaging apps. The Swiss firm also offers its own identity and access management solution called aMIRA, which will now be added to Bechtle's cloud platform.
Algacom will be fully integrated into Bechtle's Software Solutions Unit with founder René Altorfer putting in place a succession plan as a result of the company's sale.
"With algacom, highly trained specialists come to us. We are thus further expanding our expertise, especially in the rapidly growing field of collaboration and messaging. Especially for the integration of Microsoft Office 365, we are excellently positioned for large, global rollouts," said Hanspeter Oeschger, Switzerland divisional director of IT System House and Managed Services Switzerland at Bechtle.
Acquiring algacom is just one of many Microsoft-focused acquisitions Bechtle has made in Switzerland over the last few years. The reseller has been buying up small software outfits across the country. It acquired ERP and CRM specialists Alpha Solutions and Acommit in May 2019 and January 2018 respectively and bought up Microsoft data analytics and cloud partner Evolusys in May 2018.
Including algacom, Bechtle has only made three acquisitions so far this year. The firm acquired six companies in 2018, including €420m-revenue French reseller Inmac Wstore.
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