Computacenter has announced the acquisition of Digica, a specialist IT infrastructure management and application services provider for £15.9 million.

The managed IT services company said yesterday it had bought Digica for its datacentre managed services and SAP/Oracle application services for medium sized public and private sector organisations to complement its historical focus on servicing to larger organisations.

It said the investment, which also includes settling £12.1m of debt it inherits with the deal, will enhance its datacentre, remote services and application management offerings. And the services Digica provides from purpose built datacentres in Nottingham, Warrington, Leeds and an offshore centre in Cape Town, South Africa will enhance its international service delivery model. The addition of the Cape Town remote management facility complements Computacenter purpose-built service desk in Barcelona.

Simon Walsh, Managing Director of Computacenter Services, comments, “I’m excited about the opportunities this creates for our collective clients, of which there is limited overlap. Specifically, the opportunity to bring a broader services portfolio through Digica to their clients, and strengthen our datacentre operations via existing Digica assets and competencies”.

Digica will continue to operate as a separate entity and the brand will be retained. While existing client relationships with Digica will remain largely unchanged, Computacentre said acquired customers will have access a broader range of service offerings.

Digica’s main client base is drawn fro the corporate mid-market and local authorities and NHS trusts. It was founded in 1994, employs 248 and earned£20 million of revenue in FY06 from its transformational outsourcing and managed IT services portfolio.