UXC buys JD Edwards consultancy

UXC buys JD Edwards specialist
Written by Renai LeMay, Contributor

Local IT services group UXC has acquired Adelaide-based JD Edwards specialist Jigsaw Services for an undisclosed sum, bulking up its skills in the software now owned by Oracle.

The acquisition outlined in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange this afternoon will proceed through UXC business unit and Oracle specialist Red Rock Consulting.

UXC's statement said Jigsaw, which was only founded in 2001, had more than 85 staff located around the country and a customer base including big names like Coopers Brewery and Treasury Corporation Victoria. It claimed Jigsaw was the largest provider of JD Edwards software and services in Australia and New Zealand, with revenues of AU$12.9 million for fiscal year 2006.

"Jigsaw Services will form part of the Red Rock Consulting Group, a business unit within UXC's Business Solutions Group," UXC's statement said, adding Jigsaw's chief executive and founder Andrew McAdams would be retained, in addition to all existing staff.

Red Rock itself claims to have some 300 consultants, located in most of Australia's capital cities and specialising in Oracle, Peoplesoft and Microsoft SQL Server skills.

In the statement, McAdams pledged "business as usual" for Jigsaw customers. He added his group currently had ambitious hiring plans.

"We are in the market for 35 experienced JD Edwards specialists and 20 graduates, and have had a really strong response to date," he said, noting Jigsaw planned to double both its revenue and workforce over the next 24 months. The UXC acquisition would help Jigsaw open up prospects in the Eastern states, he said.

Jigsaw's current customer list includes:

  • Coopers Brewery
  • Hardy Wine Company
  • Orlando Wyndham
  • McGuigan Simeon Wines
  • Treasury Corporation Victoria
  • Canterbury City Council
  • Toowoomba City Council
  • Moreland City Council
  • Moonee Valley City Council

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