Mägenwil/Basel, 28 October 2019 – Bechtle Steffen Schweiz AG acquires Basel-based algacom AG. Specialising in IT services for collaboration, identity management and access management, the company was first established in 1997 and will now bolster Bechtle Steffen’s cloud-driven solution business. algacom’s 34 employees are concentrated in Basel, with satellites in Vienna and Tucumán, Argentina. In 2018, they generated revenues of some CHF 6.4 million. The IT service provider’s broad customer base is composed of international public and industrial enterprises. In selling his company, founder René Altorfer enables his business to live on under future-oriented management. He will remain aboard and continue to contribute under the Bechtle Steffen brand. algacom will be fully incorporated into Bechtle Steffen, reinforcing the company’s software solutions unit.
“The acquisition of algacom will introduce some outstanding specialists to our organisation. They are a great addition as we respond to the soaring demand for collaboration and messaging solutions. For Microsoft Office 365, in particular, we are very well equipped to deliver large-scale, global rollouts,” says Hanspeter Oeschger, Executive Vice President, IT System House & Managed Services Switzerland, Bechtle AG. With aMIRA, algacom has its solution for identity and access management on offer, which will become available as a service from Bechtle Steffen’s cloud platform.
algacom’s customers now benefit from the whole breadth of the Bechtle Group’s IT portfolio, including cloud services and cross-vendor infrastructure solutions. “We are very excited to make our experience and expertise available in our new context. We’ve previously worked with Bechtle on a number of customer projects, we hold each other in high esteem and we believe strongly that joining forces is a win for all our stakeholders—employees, customers and partners,” adds René Altorfer, founder and managing director, algacom AG. Both partners have agreed to keep the acquisition price confidential. The acquisition remains subject to the approval by the relevant competition authorities.