IBM buys telco consultancy Sentaca

03 February 2022 2 min. read
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IBM has acquired Sentaca, a Boston-based technology consultancy focusing on telecommunications and media clients.

Founded in 2000, Sentaca specializes in helping telcos build and migrate critical applications on leading cloud service platforms. The firm helps clients solve challenges in automation, scalable and secure architecture, cost of ownership, and monetization, as well as seize opportunities in 5G, IoT, and streaming.

Sentaca has more than 90 employees across offices in Boston and Toronto, according to LinkedIn.

IBM’s acquisition of Sentaca will help it “meet industry demand and strengthen its position as a prime systems integrator for the emerging network and 5G market,” according to a press release from the Armonk, NY-based tech giant.

IBM buys telco consultancy Sentaca

"Our goal is to help modern networks thrive in an open, hybrid cloud environment that will bring edge and 5G to life for enterprises and consumers," said John Granger, SVP of IBM Consulting. "The proliferation of mobile devices, wireless connectivity, and new media platforms is driving convergence among telco, media, and entertainment, which makes our acquisition of Sentaca all the more valuable for our clients."

Sentaca will join the hybrid cloud services businesses within IBM Consulting – formerly IBM Global Business Services.

The Sentaca deal, which closed on January 31, 2022, is one of more than 20 acquisitions Big Blue has made since Arvind Krishna was named CEO in April 2020. The US transactions include BoxBoat Technologies, a Bethesda, MD-based provider of container strategy and implementation services; and the Adobe Workfront practice of Rego Consulting, a Centerville, UT-based firm specializing in work management software consulting.

"Sentaca's deep knowledge and experience of telecom networks, coupled with our expertise in hybrid multi-cloud and automation services and solutions, is a perfect fit to compliment IBMs telco/5G strategy," said Phil O'Neill, CEO of Sentaca. "We are very excited to join the IBM team and to be in a position to access additional resources and platforms to deliver on even larger and more ambitious enterprise cloud transformation projects within the telco and media industry sector."

IBM currently works with more than 80% of the world’s largest telcos, while more than 140 telcos are served by the company’s Red Hat open source software solutions.