Avanade to acquire KCS.net to expand European footprint

Avanade plans to utilize KCS to expand its Dynamics CRM services in the region, focusing on the areas of enterprise resource planning, data and analytics.

Seattle-based technology integrator Avanade says it plans to acquire KCS.net, a large Microsoft Dynamics partner based in Switzerland. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Avanade plans to utilize KCS.net to expand its Dynamics CRM services in the region, focusing on the areas of enterprise resource planning, data and analytics. KCS.net has been a Microsoft certified partner since 2004.

It's not clear how many of KCS.net's 300 employees will survive the transition to Avanade, however the company's chief executive hinted to an acqui-hire scenario.

"This will be the next step toward expanding our service and product portfolio for clients," KCS.net CEO Kay Laukat said in a statement. "As part of Avanade we will be able to offer new opportunities and perspectives to our employees."

Avanade was originally founded as a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture, but is now majority-owned by the latter. Its services are still centered predominantly on Microsoft technologies.