A little askew of idm, but of industry relevance, Japanese telco NTT has made a $3.6 billion offer for global IT services firm Dimension Data. What’s the relevance you may ask? Well in 2007 Verizon made a similar move and bought Cybertrust for its security consulting, assessment and managed security services starting the transformation to a services company (ala IBM?). DiData also provides similar security services, though possibly not as many or as much (feel free to correct me if required guys). Disclosure: I work for the integrated Cybertrust at Verizon Business in Hong Kong.
What Dimension Data (aka DD or DiData) does have is a far more extensive IT systems integration capability than the old Cybertrust, which might make a more natural transition for a Telco. Its probably going to be easier for the NTT sales guys, used to selling pipes and telco kit, to understand how to sell IT kit / boxes/ networking thingies than perhaps managed security services and ‘x’ days of vulnerability assessment.
However, if NTT are thinking of doing another Telstra and buying an integrator (Kaz) to work on internal projects, this could go pear-shaped very quickly.
And linking it back to Idm, DD deploys Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager, Quest ActiveRoles, Imprivata SSO and others.
More coverage -> Ovum not so sure on the takeover
This will definitely be interesting!