Columbus IT teams up with AGIS for Middle East
Columbus IT, an international consulting company specialising in the implementation and support of Microsoft Business Solutions, has formed a joint venture in the Middle East with Algosaibi Information Systems (AGIS).
Columbus IT, an international consulting company specialising in the implementation and support of Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS), has formed a joint venture in the Middle East with Algosaibi Information Systems (AGIS).
The move forms part of Columbus IT’s efforts to strengthen its international presence and set up offices in fast-growing markets. The newly founded Columbus IT Middle East will take control of AGIS’ Microsoft business in the region.
AGIS has 25 Microsoft professionals focused on Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics NAV — formerly referred to as Axapta and Navision respectively. AGIS also has approximately 35 MBS customers in the region.
Columbus IT Middle East’s regional headquarters will be located in Dubai with the operation also taking advantage of AGIS physical points of presence in Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah and Bahrain. Ayad Algosaibi will become the managing director for Columbus IT Middle East.
“This transaction is a part of Columbus’ global expansion strategy to invest in new markets and expand our geographical presence in order to work with international and local customers. Together with our recent Mexican establishment, Columbus will have from today offices in 24 countries,” commented Michael Gaardboe, CEO at Columbus IT.
Ayad Algosaibi, managing director at Columbus IT Middle East, said: “We are delighted to partner with Columbus IT in serving the growing enterprise needs of the Middle East. While AGIS has already established a strong reputation as a quality-oriented, experienced MBS partner in the Middle East, now we shall leverage the international expertise and brand recognition of Columbus IT at the regional level.”
“Definitely, there is a clear need for world-class solution providers in the Middle East, and Columbus IT will provide the region with international MBS-based solutions and services, localised to suit regional needs,” he added.
Microsoft also welcomed Columbus IT’s new venture in the region. Fayez El Khoury, Microsoft Dynamics group manager at Microsoft Gulf, said: “Columbus IT’s presence comes in line with our solid growth plans for Microsoft Dynamics in the Gulf. We welcome Columbus IT to the region and believe that their international expertise combined with AGIS’ strong regional presence and market knowledge is vital to sustain that growth.”
Columbus IT has over 900 staff and has carried out some 5,000-plus implementations spanning 57 countries. The company received a global partner of the year award from Microsoft in 2005.