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Sambiri, Integrated Technology merge

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SAMBIRI and Integrated Technology have entered into an agreement to merge and form a new company known as Sambiri Integrated Technology (Sit). Integrated Technology is a company made up of forme

r key IBM Zimbabwe employees.

“This team, which consists of Gerald Mashingaidze, Danisa Chimbane, Kennedy Ntini, Chipo Garwe-Msimanga, Sobusa Dube, Simbarashe Dzinotizei and Regis Chingombe has been integrated with the Sambiri team and clients will begin to realise value during the first quarter of this year,” said Sambiri chief executive officer Tapua Tunduwani who will head the combined company.

The new company, Sambiri Integrated Technology (Sit) aims to benefit Zimbabwean organisations looking for more flexible technology solutions.

Under terms of the agreement, Sambiri and Integrated Technology management will own shares in the new entity.

The combined team has strong expertise across all IBM products and the integration change management process will focus on preserving the skills.

“That will put us in the ideal position of being able to supply customers with the most appropriate skills for their unique needs,” Tunduwani said.

“The agreement is a way for both companies to strengthen their clout in the competitive computer services and software solutions businesses.”

Tunduwani said he believes the combination of Sambiri’s existing reputation and the new partnership would help the firm realise its goal to become the number one IT service provider in the southern African region within three years.

The deal combines two of the most experienced service providers into a unified force that will rival all IT companies in Zimbabwe.

The combination means that Sit will have a service team of seven IBM certified engineers – certified on servers, personal computers, line printers and IBM Lotus Notes and Domino, DB2 and Websphere software.

“We want to make it easy for clients to do business with us by increasing our consulting and service offerings. In today’s environment, companies need to revisit their business models to be more competitive,” said Mashingaidze, the new chief operating officer (systems).

“Together, therefore, we offer customers thought-leadership, economies of scale and excellent levels of service and quality.”

Sit will unite all its hardware and networking offerings with its software services unit and positions itself as a much more service-oriented company, a major advantage in the Zimbabwean market.

Customers want (information technology) to be delivered in new and more flexible ways, said Stewart Maluphaso, chief operating officer (software).

Looking to the future, Sit believes the secret for continued growth and on-going success will be to continue improving the recipe that is tried and tested, while adapting to changing market demands and identifying opportunities to ensure revenue growth.

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