Australia's Odecee snapped up in Cognizant acquisition spree

Australian digital services company Odecee is the latest company to be snapped up in Cognizant's acquisition spree, which has claimed two other companies in as many months.

Australian digital services company Odecee has been acquired by US-based IT consulting firm Cognizant.

Odecee, with offices in Sydney and Melbourne, is a specialist in enterprise mobile, web, and cloud services, including application development, performance management, DevOps, and technology consulting. All of Odecee's approximately 150-strong workforce will join Cognizant under the terms of the deal.

Cognizant regional head for Australia and New Zealand John Burgin said the acquisition would help bolster the company's presence in Australia.

"This strategic acquisition underscores our commitment to the local market and our focus on strengthening our digital capabilities," said Burgin. "As businesses become increasingly technology intensive, and physical processes get instrumented and digitised, our strong portfolio of services, coupled with our aggressive investments in SMAC (social, mobile, analytics, and cloud) technologies, will help clients drive meaningful change and build ever more connected, collaborative, and real-time businesses.

"We welcome Odecee's talented professionals to Cognizant, and look forward to leveraging our combined strengths to empower clients to address the needs of the digital era," he said.

Odecee co-founder and managing director Con Mouzouris said that the move would enable his operation to expand its capabilities and industry breadth.

"This is a strategic step forward for us, and opens up a significant growth opportunity for us across newer technologies and industries," said Mouzouris. "Becoming a part of Cognizant will enable us to expand our capabilities, services, and exposure, while ensuring the long-term vitality and sustainability of the business.

"Expansion is critical for us to continue our strong growth, develop better solutions for our current and future customers, and provide greater opportunities for our employees. Our clients will now benefit from an expanded pool of specialised skills, global experience, and industry-acclaimed best practices," he said.

Cognizant, headquartered in New Jersey, has acquired three companies in as many months, snapping up Pennsylvania-based digital marketing agency Cadient Group in October, and signing a deal in September to buy healthcare information technology software and solutions company TriZetto for $2.7 billion.

The value of this latest acquisition has not been disclosed.