Capita expands data analytics capabilities, buys Barrachd

Capita buys small BI analytics firm to improve “digital expertise”

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Outsourcing firm Capita bought business intelligence analytical company Barrachd, in a bid to improve its "digital expertise", for an undisclosed sum this morning.

Barrachd - which means ‘more’ in Gaellic - develops bespoke software tools to help customers track key business issues, including complex resource management and financial forecasting. It counts Aegeon, Premier Oil, Waterstones and Avis amongst its customers. 

The company has 38 employees and was listed in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for two years running (2012 and 2013). It will continue to be led by current directors, Grant Smith, Clark Wilson and Robbie Crawford, and will join Capita’s Digital and Software Solutions division.

Andy Parker, Capita chief executive, said: “Our clients in both the private and public sector are increasingly looking at how they can benefit from analytical technology, both to enhance their customer service but also to explore new markets and opportunities for growth.

“Barrachd has a great record of working with companies to detect, gather and monitor business critical information, helping them to identify problems and solve issues.”

Capita expanded its data storage capabilities with the acquisition of Basingstoke-based specialist, Solid State Solutions (S3) at the end of last year.

S3 offers a range of data storage and storage management services on-premise and via its Tier 3+ data centre in Farnborough, Hampshire. This includes data protection software, big data analytics and backup 'as a service’.

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