ACS Enters U.K. with Syan Buy

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The U.S. VAR acquires U.K.-based Syan for $60 million, a move that gives it two data centers in the United Kingdom.

U.S. solution provider Affiliated Computer Services has dipped its toe in the U.K. market with the acquisition of IBM VAR Syan for $60 million. 

Syan, which has trailing 12-month revenues of approximately $75 million, will be rebranded as ACS Syan and will continue to be run by Syan’s existing management team, the company said. The purchase means that ACS will have two U.K. data centers, which could help the VAR reach out further into Europe

"This acquisition strengthens ACS’ end-to-end IT services. Syan’s data center facilities in the U.K., combined with its exceptional subject matter expertise, will enable ACS to provide clients with multiscope IT services on a global scale," said Derrell James, ACS senior managing director of IT outsourcing, in a statement. " ACS will be able to leverage an impressive suite of ITO services for our global clients who have operations in the U.K. and Europe."

Syan plays mainly in the IBM midmarket space, and client services include server hosting and management, applications management, desktop management, high-availability solutions, and help desk operations, according to the firm.

ACS, which focuses on BPO and technology integration, is a Fortune 500 company with more than 62,000 employees and for its second-quarter fiscal 2008 reported revenues of $1.5 billion. 

Sara Driscoll began her journalism career at 16 years old on her local newspaper, The Watford Observer. Working part time, she covered a range of beats. Leaving to complete her Journalism Degree at Bournemouth University, UK, Sara then went on to graduate and work for Emap. She began as a reporter on APR, Emap's construction title, being promoted to senior reporter with a year.Sara then joined VNU Business Publications as Deputy News Editor on CRN, the weekly trade title for channel players. She covered industry/business news from vendors, distributors and resellers, product announcements, partner announcements as well as market and trend analysis, research and in depth articles to predict up and coming trends in the sector. She was promoted within a year to News Editor, a year later to Deputy Editor and the following year became Editor. Sara remained editor of CRN for three years, launching the magazine on new platforms including CRN TV and eBooks, as well as several magazine and web site redesigns. She was called on for expert industry comment from various publications including appearing on live BBC news programs. Sara joined Ziff Davis Enterprise as Editor of eWeek Channel Insider. She runs the title in all formats – online up to the minute news, newsletters, emails alerts and events. She also manages the brand of Channel Insider in all formats - events, shows, awards, panel debates and roundtables.Sara can be reached at:sara.driscoll@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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