The recent acquisition of StorEx, a leading supplier of Third-Party Maintenance (TPM) for enterprise-sized organisations, by Evernex, a leading international provider of third-party maintenance services for data centre infrastructure, has enabled the locally built specialist to significantly expand its African footprint and operations.
Jan Beukes, founder, and CEO, StorEx, says that the company will retain its local branding, level 1 B-BBEE status, and South African-based team, as they continue to drive TPM awareness and adoption across the African continent:
“As an Evernex company, StorEx will expand its industry-leading solutions and services throughout Eastern and Southern Africa with offices in Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, and Nigeria. There is also a focused plan to expand our presence across the continent. We are excited about the new possibilities as a result of the acquisition while remaining steadfast and focused on providing the same level of service our local clients have come to expect from StorEx.”
The risk of moving from OEM support to a full TPM or hybrid maintenance solution has all but disappeared according to a report published by Gartner. It is now better understood that third-party maintenance providers can supply the best solutions when it comes to combining cost savings with optimal results. Rising software maintenance costs are also driving sourcing, procurement and vendor management leaders to explore the independent third-party maintenance market.
With more than a decade of TPM experience, Beukes says that the company’s ability to provide industry-leading services to multi-nationals has increased ten-fold: “As an Evernex company, StorEx now provides support in over 160 countries, has more than 10 global call centres, online experts and access to over 330 stocking locations worldwide, including the largest warehouse facility of spare parts in Europe.”
As a combined force with Evernex, Beukes says he is excited about the future growth prospects of StorEx. Collectively, the group services more than 220 000 IT infrastructures globally and has over 200 highly specialised engineers: “Combining our businesses will strengthen our position in Africa and enable us to grow our portfolio of blue-chip clients.”
Beukes says that while it is business as usual for StorEx, the future is an exciting one with many new prospects and project opportunities.