Jasco acquires Reflex, bolsters Enterprise business
13 November 2017
Jasco has recently announced its acquisition of a 51% share in Reflex Solutions, a specialist in IT managed services, hosted IT infrastructure, cloud services and Fibre-to-the-X (FTTX) solutions. This move will bolster the Jasco Enterprise offering, enhancing its existing services and solutions and adding value through FTTX, as well as expanding Jasco’s customer base within the retail, logistics, education, telecommunications and financial services sectors.
Reflex was established in Johannesburg in 2000, and has grown over the years to include operations in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban. Its solid track record of double-digit revenue growth since 2013, along with consistent operating margins above 10% and a solid customer base of blue chip clients, made it an ideal strategic acquisition for Jasco.
“Our acquisition of Reflex will enhance the Jasco Enterprise offering within the blue-chip corporate market, enabling us to offer IT WAN (wide area network) and LAN (local area network), desktop and server managed services, hosted IT Infrastructure, cloud unified communications and unified communication solutions. Jasco will now also gain access to the lucrative growth market of FTTX solutions. Reflex’s customer base further expands our existing customer base within the retail, logistics, education, telecommunications and financial services sectors. The acquisition fulfils Jasco’s strategic intent of moving up the value chain towards a higher-margin professional service and annuity- based offering,” says Mark van Vuuren Chief Operating Officer at the Jasco Group.
Through this acquisition, Jasco Enterprise will gain additional managed services capability in the IT WAN/LAN market, as well as the addition of a world-class Unified Communication-as-a-Service (UCaaS) to the group’s existing and new enterprise customers, complementing Jasco’s existing offerings. The acquisition also allows for further expansion of Jasco’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering through Reflex’s Virtual Machine (VM) server environment and gives Jasco access to the FTTH growth market. In addition, Reflex operates its own Network Operation Centre (NOC) / Service Operations Centre (SOC), which will enable Jasco to offer proactive monitoring services to its existing customer base.
Van Vuuren adds, “This mutually beneficial acquisition allows Reflex further opportunity to cross-sell to the Jasco customer base and Jasco to cross-sell the rest of the products and solutions portfolio to the Reflex customer base. It also gives Jasco access to an experienced and capable management team within the information technologies solutions market.”
Greg Wilson, MD at Reflex Solutions says, “Jasco has added weight to our fast-growing business, giving us access to additional funding, a largely untapped enterprise client base and strong BEE credentials. We intend to focus on our ability to provide strong connectivity solutions and the services that converge onto this infrastructure giving access to new business models and opportunities within the Jasco client base.
About the Jasco Group
Jasco delivers end-to-end best-of-breed solutions across the entire ICT value chain. Our services include solution design, business consulting, project management and logistics to manage the supply, installation and commissioning of solutions; and professional services to provide integration and customisation of solutions; managed services, support and maintenance.
Jasco’s operating divisions, namely Intelligent Technologies, Enterprise, Carriers, Channel and Electrical Manufacturers deliver a range of solutions and services. Intelligent Technologies delivers broadcast, power, Data Centres and Property Technology Management (PTM) solutions as well as Energy Optimisation and Co-location services, a carrier-neutral co-location telecommunications hub where the network infrastructure serves multiple service providers. The Carrier business provides solutions and components for access and transmission networks as well as hi-sites. The Enterprise business is a specialist in multiple disciplines across numerous solutions, including business communications, contact centres, IT Infrastructure, surveillance and access control, as well as, fire detection and prevention solutions to name but a few. Channel offers interaction recording and management solutions through the Datavoice product suite, Electrical Manufacturers delivers contract manufacturing of white goods.