Synergies, organic growth in plans for Dimension Data

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

South African IT services provider Dimension Data will focus its efforts in Latin America on realizing synergies in its operations and growing organically during the next few years, Sylvio Mode, Dimension Data's senior VP and managing director for Latin America, told BNamericas.

In October last year, Japanese telco NTT purchased Dimension Data, a deal in which both will be looking to realize significant synergies between Dimension's know-how and NTT's assets.

"Before we didn't have an MPLS network; now [with NTT] we do, with high capacity, global reach and low latency. We didn't have data centers; NTT has 31 very good data centers throughout the world. Our muscles also grew with a US$100bn company backing us for our investments," he said.

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At the same time, within the region the company will focus on the strengths of each of its offices - in Brazil, Chile and Mexico - to aid in the areas that may be lacking in other offices.

"For example, in Chile we're strong with service providers, but we're investing in the enterprise segment - mining companies and banks, for example. In Brazil, we're not strong with the service providers, so now we're investing to become a core technology provider with services firms. We're using the synergies with Chile to bring the know-how to Brazil," Mode said.

"In Mexico, we have the world's largest video presence project with the presidential office and all the ministries. But we're not as strong in government in Chile or Brazil, so we're bringing that focus over," he added. "Our strategy for Latin America is one of centers of competence. We want to grow, but in making deployments with capacity that we already have."

To read the full interview with Mode, see this week's IT Perspectives, for subscribers only.