Bluekey Holdings (Pty) Ltd, the pan-African professional business solutions company, today announced that Spanish headquartered global SAP partner, Seidor, has taken a major stake in the business. The strategic investment boosts the Seidor group to the top three global providers of SAP Business One solutions and services, and to number one in EMEA.
Bluekey’s 700+ customers across Africa will benefit from access to a global company with experience in delivering communication, infrastructure and enterprise resource planning (ERP) products and services in both developed and developing countries. In addition, a broader pool of expertise, technologies and services will further help Bluekey customer companies realise additional benefits from their investment in ERP – boosting productivity and efficiencies with the latest technologies.
Bluekey Holdings was an attractive investment for Seidor thanks to its network of self-sufficient regional offices, extensive partner network and dedicated customer support centres. In addition, the Bluekey group has a solid financial foundation with an excellent growth record. The deal fast tracks Seidor’s expansion into the African market — it already has a presence in North Africa — where it aims to support the subsidiaries of its multi-national customers based around the world. What’s more, the Spanish company also sees the opportunity for African SMEs to become regional and global businesses.
“We knew we could increase our business growth in Africa with the right alliance,” said Carlos Iribarren, head of SAP Business One at Seidor. “And Bluekey is the ideal partner to help us. It has the right people, know-how, experience, relationships and technology to offer innovative and excellent service across the continent. Plus, with a customer retention rate of 99%, and healthy growth in recent years, you know they are doing things right. This deal has set us on the right track to become the go-to SAP Business One partner for global roll-outs.”
As well as being the largest SAP Business One provider in Africa, with 300+ active SAP Business One customers, Bluekey is an early adopter of SAP HANA, SAP’s in-memory database. It is one of the top SAP Business One HANA partners in the world with more than 35 sites running HANA either in the cloud or on-site.
“After 10 years of steady, organic growth, we realised we needed a strategic partner with the skills, industry knowledge, and global expansion experience and ambitions to take us to the next level. This will allow us to realise the significant potential of the business and its resources in order to better serve our customers as they navigate the digital age,” said Kevin O’Brien, Bluekey co-founder. “As technology requirements become more complex, customers demand more from their suppliers. This deal ensures we can continue to help our customers scale their businesses into the future.”
Bluekey Holdings becomes part of the Seidor group, which will be reflected in the branding in due course. Operational management remains the same and customer relationships are unchanged.
About Bluekey Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Bluekey Holdings’ business units supply world-class enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and related services, as well as network infrastructure services and hardware to small- and mid-size companies in Africa.
The group consists of the following business units:
Bluekey Software Solutions (BSS) is the leading gold status, value-added reseller of SAP Business One in Africa, with offices in six cities and four countries (Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Tanzania).
Westrocon is a SAP Business Suite and SAP Business ByDesign consulting firm, as well as a SAP All-in-One software reseller with specialist expertise in SAP WM (Warehouse Management), SAP SD (Sales and Distribution) and SAP integration. Westrocon is a certified SAP Partner Centre of Expertise (PCoE).
Bluekey Network Solutions (BNS) provides end-to-end networking solutions for medium-sized companies.
Kiteview Technologies is a leading super platinum reseller of Sage Evolution, an ERP solution for SMEs.
Seidor is a Spanish multinational providing integral solutions in the area of software consulting and IT services with a wide portfolio of products and services covering consulting, infrastructure, implementation, development, and maintenance of applications and outsourcing services. With a turnover of 260 million euros, a staff of more than 3,000 professionals, and direct presence in Europe, Latin America, the USA, the Middle East and Africa, Seidor is one of the main service partners of SAP, IBM, Microsoft and Adobe, especially in Spain and Latin America. More than 30 years of experience in the market, cutting-edge technological knowledge and expertise in the sector make Seidor a solid and reliable partner for its customers, helping them to simplify the management of technology as a means to increase their businesses’ agility and profitability.
Seidor’s SAP Business One division, MSS Seidor, is in the top three of global SAP Business One providers. Significant operations in Europe are complemented by subsidiaries and offices throughout the Americas and in the Middle East and North Africa. MSS Seidor’s 240 certified consultants have implemented and support in excess of 1,200 customers and 18,000 users around the world.
As a group Seidor can scale to deliver complex local, regional and global projects to any enterprise, with a value proposition of delivering projects on time and within budget, supported by high quality of service and delivery.
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