Nearshore Americas

CDW Acquires Scalar Decisions in its Push to Expand Canadian Operations

US technology solutions provider CDW has finalized a deal to buy out its Canadian rival Scalar Decisions Inc., gaining a wider access to the North American market.

Toronto-based Scalar Decisions runs eight offices across the country, with 350 employees and CAD$250 million (US$ 188 million) in annual revenue. Neither company has disclosed the financial details of the deal.

“Scalar will enhance CDW Canada’s technical capabilities and expertise in areas such as professional and managed services, infrastructure, security and cloud,” stated the US company in a press release.

Founded in 2004, Scalar won Canada’s ‘Best Managed Companies’ award from Deloitte, and most of its IT solutions are focused around enterprise security, cloud, and infrastructure.

“This strategic acquisition expands our CDW Canada solutions and services portfolio, extends our in-market presence across Canada and enhances the value that we can deliver to our customers,” said Chris Leahy, chief executive officer, of the US firm.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. Once the deal is closed, Scalar will be folded into its American parent.

The Vernon Hills, Ill.-based CDW has employed more than 8,900 workers. For the 12 months ended September 30, 2018, the company generated net sales of approximately US$16 billion.

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CDW was a small IT vendor until 2006 when it acquired Berbee Information Networks. Since then it has grown up into a full-scale IT solutions provider. Its last major acquisition was Kelway, a London-based solutions vendor.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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