Johannesburg – Microsoft has named JSE-listed technology company Altron as a Licensing Solution Provider (LSP) in South Africa.
This agreement comes as Altron is positioning its recent acquisition, Altron Karabina, to be the go-to partner for everything Microsoft, said Altron Group Chief Executive Mteto Nyati.
“This LSP contract provides us with actionable insights to be trusted advisors to our customers as they embark on digital transformation. They invest in technology to increase sales; improve operational efficiencies; transform customer experience; and drive innovation. Altron Karabina will help them extract business value.”
Microsoft South Africa Managing Director, Lillian Barnard added, “We are excited to extend our partnership with Altron. Altron is a business that seeks to address business and societal challenges through innovation in finech, healthtech, safety and security, and learning and development, and as such our values, purpose and strategy are very much aligned. Partners—whether they build applications or offer services—play a critical role in helping our customers realise business value. Ultimately, together with our partners, we want to create and prepare our South African community for new opportunities today and into the future.”
Being appointed as an LSP also ushers in an exciting time for Altron Karabina, said Grant van der Wal, Altron Karabina Managing Director. “The LSP licence allows us to launch our software services division, adding to our Microsoft competencies in data and analytics, artificial intelligence, customer relationship management, ERP, modern workplace, Azure, and DevOps.”
The software services division will include LSP, direct CSP and software asset management services and will be launched at a time when there is a significant shift to cloud-based services, as seen following the recent opening of the Microsoft data centers.
“We will offer consumption billing to our customers as they unlock the strategic value delivered through the cloud. The software services team will work closely with the consulting services team to serve customers in the best way possible,” concluded van der Wal.
Altron, through its subsidiary, Bytes UK, is one of Microsoft’s biggest LSP partner in the United Kingdom; a position the technology company plans to extend to South Africa. Altron Karabina is working closely with Bytes UK to duplicate their success locally.