GlobalOne (Cloud Sherpas) acquires Australian Salesforce consulting firm Weblinc

24th Jan 2012. GlobalOne, a New York-based leader in Software as a Service (SaaS), social collaboration and cloud computing professional services for the enterprise, announced today the acquisition of Weblinc, one of Australia’s most innovative providers of cloud computing applications. Terms have not been disclosed.

Weblinc, a salesforce.com premier consulting partner, brings GlobalOne strategy and design expertise for building cloud technical architectures, including a library of blueprint designs and templates that can help clients solve business problems such as revenue scheduling and complex quoting. The team has evolved an agile delivery method and tool chain tailored to cloud app projects.

Headquartered in Brisbane with operations in Sydney and Melbourne, Weblinc is believed to have more certified Salesforce professionals than any other Salesforce partner in Australia. Weblinc also brings with it a diverse client base including companies in the high tech, utilities, construction and field service industries.

The acquisition deepens GlobalOne’s capabilities in the Asia Pacific region, while broadening the company’s expertise in building and deploying enterprise cloud applications across the globe.

“We are now in a position to dominate the cloud computing services market in Australia.. Acquiring Weblinc gives us the necessary knowledge, experience and tools to create a Global Architecture Practice,” said John Orrock, COO at GlobalOne. “This new practice will take cloud computing foundation assets and thought leadership in cloud architecture to market. Clients will see benefits in terms of strategy around governance, design, delivery, training and certification of their staff.”

“Weblinc’s expertise strategically complements GlobalOne’s business and offers customers a deeper and broader set of cloud services from a single provider,” said Paul Mansfield, Weblinc CEO. “Weblinc is a key contributor to the evolution of the cloud technical architecture community and holds a seat on salesforce.com’s International Technical Architecture Review Board. The Weblinc team has built large custom apps on the Force.com platform with complex integration requirements to ERP core systems.”

“This acquisition makes GlobalOne the largest cloud computing partner in Australia – in terms of certified staff,” said Ken Struthers, Australian Country Manager, GlobalOne. “We are now in a position to dominate the cloud computing services market in Australia.”

Footnote – Merger Between Global One and Cloud Sherpas

March 6, 2012 — Cloud Sherpas, recently named the Google Enterprise 2011 Partner of the Year, has merged with GlobalOne, a salesforce.com platinum consulting partner. The new company, to be called Cloud Sherpas, has also received a $20 million investment from Columbia Capital, which last year invested $15M in GlobalOne. David Northington, who was CEO at GlobalOne and previously was COO of CapGemini’s North American Applications Services group, will be CEO of Cloud Sherpas. Former Cloud Sherpas CEO Douglas Shepard will be president of Cloud Sherpas’ Google business unit.

The investment from Columbia Capital, a prominent enterprise-focused venture capital firm with over $2.5 billion under management, will be used by Cloud Sherpas to solidify its position as a leader in the Cloud Service Provider market (CSP). The funds will allow Cloud Sherpas to extend its reach into new geographic regions, further development of vertical market solutions, and continue to expand its portfolio of cloud-based applications that unify cloud interoperability.

“Both GlobalOne and Cloud Sherpas were born in the cloud as pure-play cloud service providers,” said Northington. “The combined firm further enables our singular mission—to help customers transform their businesses by leveraging the power of the cloud. The new Cloud Sherpas has the talent, domain expertise and geographic reach to help businesses improve IT agility and lower costs through a series of cloud consulting, integration and support services.”

Founded in 2008, Cloud Sherpas was among the first Google Enterprise partners devoted to Google Apps. In less than four years, the company has transformed the IT foundation of businesses, governments, organizations and educational institutions large and small, by replacing legacy, on-premise email systems with messaging, collaboration and security solutions in the cloud. The company was recently named the Google Enterprise 2011 Partner of the Year, based in part on their deep-rooted commitment to Google technologies and customer success, as evidenced by the number of Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialists throughout its organization.

In addition, GlobalOne has developed an offshore delivery center based in the Philippines and recently acquired a mobile app development team from Vodafone. These teams have helped transform how customers interact with technology at their organizations. Leveraging the power of the Salesforce platform, the GlobalOne team has built custom applications and award-winning social and mobile apps for businesses around the globe.

The following are a few relevant data points about the new Cloud Sherpas organization:

  • Over 1.5 million workers migrated to the cloud
  • Over 1,500 clients across dozens of industries
  • Partnerships with leading cloud vendors, including Google and salesforce.com
  • Backed by over $40 million in venture capital
  • 300% revenue growth year over year
  • Nearly 300 employees in the US and APAC

Offices in Atlanta, Brisbane, Chicago, Manila, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Wellington

Douglas Shepard, president of Cloud Sherpas, says, “Bringing together a dominant salesforce.com partner with a leading Google Enterprise partner enables us to provide customers around the globe with a more comprehensive range of enterprise cloud solutions.”

“The demand for cloud services in Asia-Pacific continues to grow at breakneck speed,” added John Orrock, founder of GlobalOne and senior vice president for Asia-Pacific, at Cloud Sherpas. “Our cloud consultants in Australia and New Zealand, combined with our newly acquired mobility practice and offshore development capabilities in the Philippines, sets the new Cloud Sherpas apart from other cloud service providers in the region.”

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