TELUS Acquires 20 per Cent Stake in Alithya, a Quebec-Based Business IT Consulting FirmWednesday, January 28, 2015
TELUS and Alithya partner to better address growing customer demand for managed infrastructure solutions
Vancouver, BC, January 28, 2015--(T-Net)--TELUS (TSX:T)(TU) announced today that it has acquired a 20 per cent stake in Alithya, a Quebec-based information technology and consulting service provider with a Canadian and international scope.
Drawing on each firm's respective expertise, the two companies have struck a long-term strategic partnership where each will offer suites of information and communication technology (ICT) services, with a focus on managed infrastructure solutions, to their business customers.
"This partnership will address the business community's growing demand for managed infrastructure solutions centred on intelligent data centres and cloud-based technologies. This investment is part of a series of partnerships TELUS developed over the past three years to enhance our information technology offer and better support our customers in achieving their technology transformation objectives," said Benoit Simard, Vice-president, Business Markets at TELUS.
As a result of this partnership, the two companies will consolidate their expertise, with 94 employees from TELUS' Professional Services team joining Alithya in the coming weeks. Alongside Alithya's team of skilled advisors spread across nine Canadian and three French offices, they will create a single, consolidated team of nearly 600 seasoned consultants. For its part, TELUS will retain those Professional Services team members specializing in the provision of leading-edge expertise on application and managed infrastructure solutions, specifically managed cloud computing, hosting, and portal solutions.
"We are proud to partner with a Canadian leader of TELUS' calibre, with the resulting enhancement of our service offer to our business customers," said Paul Raymond, Alithya President and CEO. "This agreement represents the next logical step in the close business relationship we have enjoyed with TELUS for many years, and we are proud to put our joint expertise to work for the benefit of our customers."
TELUS(TSX:T)(TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $11.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.5 million customer connections, including 8.0 million wireless subscribers, 3.2 million wireline network access lines, 1.45 million Internet subscribers and 888,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $350 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 5.4 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by Executive Chairman Darren Entwistle, TELUS' 11 community boards across Canada have led the company's support of grassroots charities and will have contributed $47 million in support of 3,700 local charities organizations by the end of 2014, enriching the lives of more than two million Canadian children and youth. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
For further information, please visit telus.com
Alithya is an information technology and organizational management consulting services firm. Our more than 600 committed professionals work from offices throughout Canada and France. Alithya is recognized for its innovation, flexibility and reliability.
For more than 22 years, we have grown by partnering with our clients to support their effective use of information technology, offering high quality services and helping them achieve their business objectives.
Alithya and its professionals are also active in the communities in which they live and work.
For further information, please visit www.alithya.com
TELUS Media Relations
Burnaby, BC (InfoTech)
TELUS Communications Inc.
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