The acquisition will help IBM accelerate its hybrid cloud consulting business by adding critical skills to assist communications service providers (CSPs) and media companies.
Sentaca, a leading provider of telco consulting services and solutions, has been acquired by IBM. The acquisition will help IBM accelerate its hybrid cloud consulting business by adding critical skills to assist communications service providers (CSPs) and media companies in modernising on multiple cloud platforms, innovating, and transforming their businesses.
Sentaca will join IBM Consulting’s fast-growing Hybrid Cloud Services business to address clients’ strategic and technological challenges such as cost-of-ownership, monetization, scalable and secure architecture, and address opportunities such as 5G, IoT, and streaming that can accelerate the creation and delivery of new services.
Sentaca’s domain expertise, assets, and client relationships will assist IBM in meeting industry demand and solidifying its position as a prime system integrator for the emerging network and 5G markets.
“Our goal is to help modern networks thrive in an open, hybrid cloud environment that will bring edge and 5G to life for enterprises and consumers,” said John Granger, Senior Vice President, IBM Consulting. “The proliferation of mobile devices, wireless connectivity, and new media platforms is driving convergence among telco, media, and entertainment, which makes our acquisition of Sentaca all the more valuable for our clients.”
The announcement of the Sentaca acquisition follows several acquisitions by IBM of leading cloud consulting firms – Nordcloud, Taos, BoxBoat and SXiQ – in 2021, which significantly expanded IBM’s multicloud transformation, management expertise and capabilities in Europe and North America.
“Sentaca’s deep knowledge and experience of telecom networks, coupled with our expertise in hybrid multi-cloud and automation services and solutions, is a perfect fit to compliment IBMs telco/5G strategy,” said Phil O’Neill, CEO of Sentaca. “We are very excited to join the IBM team and to be in a position to access additional resources and platforms to deliver on even larger and more ambitious enterprise cloud transformation projects within the telco and media industry sector.”
91% of high performing communications services providers surveyed by the IBM Institute for Business Value expect to outperform their current financial expectations in five years as a result of using 5G-enabled edge computing. 5G will allow CSPs to offer a range of tailored network experiences for use cases across industries. To innovate and modernize around 5G and edge, telcos are embracing a hybrid cloud future which is expected to grow into an estimated $50 billion annual cloud professional services market1 by 2025.
This acquisition closed on January 31, 2022. Financial details were not disclosed.