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With the acquisition of Columbus’ Private Cloud business area, Atea is further boosting two significant growth areas; cloud and managed services. The sale is part of Columbus’ Focus23 strategy, which reinforces Columbus’ position as the customers’ preferred digital advisor

January 5, 2021 – Atea has entered into an agreement to acquire Columbus’ private cloud services business. The agreement will take effect from January 2021 and as part of the acquisition a small number of employees will join Atea.

“The agreement with Columbus has great strategic value for us. In 2020, we have invested heavily in cloud and managed services and have experienced significant growth in the areas included in this agreement with Columbus. It’s a perfect match and we see ourselves as a natural cloud partner for the customers we are now taking over, and we are looking forward to helping them continue their digital journey”, says CEO in Atea, Kathrine Forsberg.

The investment in Columbus’ Private Cloud business is to be seen in the context of Atea’s recent agreement with SKAT as well as a major partnership agreement with Microsoft to bring the Azure platform to far more Danish customers. As part of the latter, several hundred Atea consultants have upgraded their cloud capabilities with the highest certifications, and this all reflects Atea’s significantly increased focus on managed services and the cloud.

Columbus focuses its business
With the sale of the Private Cloud business, Columbus is focusing its Infrastructure Managed Services business on public cloud solutions that target the company’s customers within the key industries; food, retail and production.

”With the sale of our Private Cloud services and customer portfolio to Atea, we can focus our Columbus Care business on public cloud and our large portfolio of Application Management Services while ensuring our Private Cloud customers the best expertise with Atea Cloud”, says Interim CEO & Corporate CFO in Columbus, Hans Henrik Thrane.

The sale of the Private Cloud business is part of Columbus’ Focus23 strategy to simplify the business and focus more on digital advisory and services for larger customers. Today, Columbus provides a wide range of solutions within Infrastructure Managed Services such as private cloud, public cloud and application management under the Columbus Care Services umbrella.


For further information, please contact;
Maja Nordal Brenøe, Director, PR & Communication, Atea
E-mail: Maja.Nordal.Brenøe@atea.dk
Phone: +45 4214 0246

Tine Rasmussen, Communications Director, Columbus
E-mail: tra@columbusglobal.com
Phone: +45 29 69 06 77

About Atea – We build Denmark with IT
Together with our customers and partners, we build a digital Denmark that we can be proud of. We provide tailer-made IT solutions that future-proof and create value for our customers’ business. We do this because we believe that IT is and will be the main driver of Denmark’s success. With our more than 1,500 employees, we have a strong local presence throughout Denmark. Atea Denmark has the highest international anti-bribery certification: ISO 37001. The Atea Group is represented throughout the Nordic and Baltic countries and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. www.atea.dk

About Columbus
Columbus is a global IT services and consulting company with more than 1,600 employees serving 1,100 customers worldwide. Columbus helps ambitious companies transform, maximize and futureproof their business digitally. We are specialized within the industries retail, distribution, food and manufacturing. We offer a comprehensive solution portfolio with deep industry knowledge, extensive technology expertise and profound customer insight. Columbus has offices and partners all over the world and we can deliver our solutions and services locally – on a global scale. Columbus is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen. www.columbusglobal.com

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