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Today, Columbus has acquired Advania Business Solutions, a leading Microsoft Dynamics cloud consultancy in Norway.

Copenhagen, 6 January 2020: Today, Columbus (OMX: COLUM) announces the acquisition of Advania Business Solutions in Norway. With the acquisition, Columbus creates a Microsoft Dynamics Powerhouse in Norway, thus establishing Columbus’ position as the leading Microsoft Dynamics cloud company in Norway.  

“We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues from Advania Business Solutions. Together, we become leading within Microsoft Dynamics cloud in Norway while strengthening our leading market position in the Nordic region. I am excited about how we will jointly create value for our customers and help them in the digital transformation of their business”, says CEO & President in Columbus, Thomas Honoré.

Advania Business Solutions is part of the Advania Group and Advania Norway and is among the leading Microsoft Dynamics cloud consultancies in Norway and the acquisition adds more than 45 highly skilled cloud professionals to Columbus’ Norwegian business. With the acquisition of Advania Business Solutions, Columbus creates a Dynamics cloud Powerhouse with new opportunities for creating further value for Columbus’ existing and new customers.  

Market leader in the Nordic region
Today, Columbus holds a market leading position within business applications, cloud, e-commerce and IT services in the Nordic region. With Advania Business Solutions on board, Columbus strengthens its Nordic cloud business, thus increasing the Nordic market footprint and market share significantly, comprising more than 1,000 cloud specialists. 

“With the acquisition of Advania Business Solutions in Norway, we accelerate our growth strategy and become an even stronger life-time partner for our customers. Norway constitutes a very attractive market for us with strong synergies to our remaining markets”, says Thomas Honoré.

Strengthened industry focus
Columbus and Advania Business Solutions share a common industry focus on retail, distribution and manufacturing. With this common industry focus, Columbus will further strengthen and expand its industry offerings, thus opening new opportunities for creating higher value for customers.

“Columbus is a leading global player within business applications, and I am convinced that the acquisition of our Microsoft Dynamics cloud business will give our consultants the opportunity to work and advance their career in a leading global Microsoft Dynamics environment”, says Espen Harz, CEO in Advania Norway.

About Columbus
Columbus is a Danish listed IT services and business applications company serving with more than 2,000 employees globally. We are experts in developing and providing digital business applications that help our customers in the digital transformation of their business. We are specialist within the industries retail, food and manufacturing and we have more than 30 years of experience. Columbus has offices in 17 countries and partners all over the world.

About Advania Business Solutions Norway
Advania Business Solutions contains of 45 skillful Dynamic Cloud specialist, with long experience providing Norwegian customer with excellent customer service. Advania Business Solution offers Microsoft Dynamics365 solutions to automate, streamline, measure, document and stimulate business and IT processes. The key to success is to make these three main components work together; processes, organization and software. Advania Business Solution has long experience in helping customers to increase productivity and value creation through the smart use of IT. Through our interests and competences, we ensure that we understand the customer's

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