Vodafone Global Enterprise – the business within Vodafone which manages the communications needs of its largest multinational customers – is strengthening its professional services arm through the acquisition of European IT and communications consultancy, Bluefish Communications Ltd.
Bluefish will form the nucleus of a new Unified Communications and Collaboration practice within Vodafone Global Enterprise, which will focus on advising multinational companies on how to get the most from their mobile, fixed line and IT services, as well as offering guidance on the adoption of cloud services.
The practice will also advise large corporate customers on how new collaboration services, such as video conferencing and presence awareness, can boost their business’s performance.
Unified Communications seeks to make fixed and mobile communications more efficient, optimise and reduce costs, and enable better collaboration between employees, business partners and clients.
Bluefish has been recognised as one of the fastest growing technology companies in both the UK and Europe. The acquisition will expand Bluefish’s geographical reach as it becomes part of Vodafone Global Enterprise’s global network.
Further services on offer to Vodafone’s multinational customers will include:
• An audit of existing infrastructure and future communication needs.
• Advice on moving to a communications strategy that spans mobile, fixed line and IT.
• Management of system integrators and vendors to ensure an effective and unified communications network closely aligned to business strategy.
Nick Jeffery, CEO of Vodafone Global Enterprise said: “The acquisition of Bluefish further develops our expertise in unified communications and broadens the range of services we can offer to our multinational customers. Having the right information at the right time, in the right place, has never been more important to business success and this acquisition will enhance our ability to advise multinationals on how to maximise value from their communications.”
The value of the gross assets being acquired is £3.14m.