CenturyLink acquires SEAL Consulting, expands IT, integrated services capabilities

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SEAL is just one of several smaller tuck-in acquisitions CenturyLink had made in recent years to bolster its IT and cloud service capabilities. Image: CenturyLink

CenturyLink has acquired SEAL Consulting, an SAP solutions provider, in a deal that enhances the telco’s integrated application transformation capabilities.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not revealed.

What Edison, New Jersey-based SEAL brings to CenturyLink’s table is its expertise in implementing SAP solutions for customers across manufacturing, retail and consumer products industry verticals.

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These include SAP ECC, SAP S/4HANA, SAP Business Suite, SAP BW/4HANA, SAP Ariba, SAP Hybris, SAP CRM, SAP Basis, SAP Security, SAP Fiori, SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence, plus solutions across supply chain management (SCM) and governance, risk and compliance (GRC).

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“This acquisition significantly expands our existing integrated SAP solutions, leveraging our hosting and cloud infrastructures to add broader SAP implementation and application managed services capabilities to our portfolio,” said Girish Varma, president of global IT services and new market development at CenturyLink, in a release. “The acquisition also gives us deeper expertise in several additional industry verticals.”

CenturyLink is not a stranger to offering SAP solutions. The service provider is already a supplier with SAP, offering premium supplier services for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. Upon closing the acquisition, CenturyLink said it expects to continue to leverage the expertise of SEAL Consulting’s employees.

SEAL is just one of several smaller tuck-in acquisitions CenturyLink had made in recent years to bolster its IT and cloud service capabilities.

Previously, CenturyLink acquired Orchestrate, which enhanced its Cloud platform with a Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) offering. The service provider also acquired disaster recovery specialist DataGardens, while its acquisitions of Tier 3 and Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider AppFog enhanced its cloud application capabilities.

Although CenturyLink is in the process of selling off its data centers, acquisitions like SEAL reflect the service provider plans to maintain and grow its presence in the cloud market.

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