EMC Acquires Interlink
Acquisition Strengthens and Expands EMC’s Growing Microsoft Practice
To further enhance its capabilities to serve customers that rely on Microsoft technologies, EMC Corporation, the world leader in information management and storage, today announced that it has acquired Interlink Group, Inc. (Interlink), a privately held North American-based IT professional services firm that specializes in application development, IT infrastructure, enterprise integration, enterprise content management and customer relationship management for Microsoft environments. The acquisition of Interlink significantly strengthens and expands EMC’s growing Microsoft practice and builds upon the Microsoft-focused services momentum established by EMC late last year with its acquisition of IT professional services firm Internosis and its recently expanded alliance with Microsoft. The acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on revenues and on EPS for 2006.
Derrell James, Senior Vice President, EMC Technology Solutions, said, “The acquisition of Interlink represents another key milestone in our professional services evolution as we significantly expand our capabilities to build and deliver tightly integrated solutions for our customers’ application infrastructures. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and the 2005 Microsoft Partner of the Year in the western U.S., Interlink and its extremely talented employees have a proven track record for providing award-winning technology solutions for customers on the Microsoft platform. With Interlink joining forces with our own well-established and growing professional services and solutions business, we will help customers realize the benefits of an information lifecycle management strategy more rapidly and cost effectively.”
Based in Englewood, Colorado, Interlink is a growing, U.S. IT services firm with nearly 180 professionals providing a wide range of client solutions that help businesses establish operationally-efficient infrastructures, automate business processes, collaborate more effectively and integrate enterprise applications. Interlink’s portfolio of services and solutions complements EMC’s existing Microsoft services capabilities around strategy, infrastructure and application development and managed services. Interlink also adds specific expertise related to Microsoft Dynamics customer relationship management software.
Bart Hammond, Interlink’s CEO said, “Interlink has differentiated itself with an ability to service the full lifecycle of customer needs across the spectrum of the Microsoft platform of products. We are thrilled to take our proven model and join forces with EMC to create one of the nation’s largest and most credentialed Microsoft services organizations. The quality brand that EMC offers along with strong customer relationships and a global footprint made them the ‘right fit’ partner to take the Interlink vision to the next level—providing even greater opportunities and more options to our customers and employees.”
Interlink will become a part of EMC’s expanding Microsoft Practice within EMC Technology Solutions, EMC’s professional services organization. Interlink’s services will be marketed and sold through their existing team as well as through EMC’s North American sales channels and business partners. With more than 9,000 technology experts globally, EMC’s services organization brings a unique mix of information infrastructure experience and strategic business focus to give customers a full range of consulting, design, implementation and support services. Details of the transaction are not being disclosed.
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