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LINKBYNET announces the acquisition of Objectif Libre

and strengthens its expertise position in the Cloud and DevOps consulting market

After raising 50 million euros from Keensight Capital in 2016, LINKBYNET, major IT outsourcing and cloud player, continues its development.

LINKBYNET is strengthening its organic growth already supported by a new acquisition, Objectif Libre, on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
This merger is part of the development strategy of its consulting division, addressing the Cloud and DevOps transformation markets in France and abroad, particularly in Open Source.

Objectif Libre is a reference in the areas of consulting, training and implementation, specializing in the field of free software. OpenStack, Ansible and Kubernetes technologies are at the heart of the company’s activity.
Objectif Libre’s constant growth since 2009 and the reliability of its services have enabled the creation of strong relationships with its Clients as well as a reputation based on community commitment, satisfaction and technological innovation.

For Christophe Sauthier, General Manager & Founder of Objectif Libre:
Christophe Sauthier

The merger that is being recorded today is an important step. I immediately think back to all the progress made over the last 10 years and in particular to the fantastic work done by the teams with our clients and partners. Our ambition, by joining LINKBYNET, is above all to accelerate our development and our presence with our customers. Joining this group which is focused, like us, on human and innovation, it is also a guarantee to preserve our values while deepening our expertise.

For Philippe Crochet, Partner at Keensight Capital : 

« LINKBYNET is now completing its offer of services in the Cloud and confirms its development ambitions. Objectif Libre had been identified for its particularly talented consulting teams. After Treeptik and Securiview, we are pleased to support Stéphane and Patrick Aisenberg, outstanding entrepreneurs, for their third strategic acquisition in a year and a half. LINKBYNET is actively pursuing its growth to strengthen its position as a leader in the Cloud. »

For Stéphane Aisenberg, Co-founder and CEO of LINKBYNET

« With Objectif Libre, we have identified a consulting company with high added value, having developed a high level of expertise around Cloud environments such as OpenStack, Kubernetes, Docker, etc… These skills will sediment our development around consulting and will directly benefit all our Clients. »

 

For LINKBYNET, this acquisition completes the response provided to customers addressing the new challenges of transformation to the cloud, using innovative methodologies and technologies. It is also the strengthening of the portfolio of solutions made available with both proprietary partner solutions as well as Open Source technologies.

LINKBYNET’s consulting entity will now benefit from a denser scope of action in France with the presence of Objectif Libre in Toulouse in addition to Paris and Aix-en-Provence, extended internationally with offices in Canada, Stockholm in Sweden, and Singapore.
By the end of 2019, this entity will have about 100 consultants, representing a 100% increase in the number of employees in the consolidated consulting division.

This merger strengthens LINKBYNET’s offering and operational capacity on OpenStack and Kubernetes technologies, at the heart of the transformation of IT departments wishing to fully benefit from the capabilities of the Cloud, using DevOps approaches or implementing CI/CD software factories.

Beyond this entrepreneurial project, the human dimension and the social values that constitute the DNA of both companies have been the driving force behind this merger.

« A common set of values and a shared ambition for rapid development will have accelerated this rapprochement with the pleasure for LINKBYNET of having been able to rally a team so committed to Open Source environments. » concludes Stéphane Aisenberg.

After this operation, the management of Objectif libre remains at the head of the team and integrates the shareholders and the board of directors of LINKBYNET.

 

About LINKBYNET

Since 2000, the LINKBYNET group has been providing innovative services and technological solutions to enable and secure the digital transformation of companies.
With a consulting approach, LINKBYNET helps companies to modernize methods, applications and infrastructures with Cloud and Security as the main drivers.

LINKBYNET teams have developed a strong culture of customer engagement and expertise sharing in the key roles of Designer, Architect, Orchestrator and Information Systems Operator.
With offices around the world, LINKBYNET has built a “Follow the Sun” organization for 24/7 availability of all its services.
LINKBYNET has offices in France, Canada, the United States, Asia and Mauritius. It employs more than 800 people worldwide and has a turnover of 72 million euros in 2018. LINKBYNET raised €50 million in 2016 from the Keensight Capital investment fund and carried out its first external growth operation in 2017 through the acquisition of TREEPTIK, a company specialising in agile training, DevOps & Docker. In 2018, LINKBYNET strengthened its cybersecurity expertise with the acquisition of SECURIVIEW, a company specializing in SOC and cybersecurity.

Website : http://linkbynet.com/

Press Contact : Matthieu DEMOOR – Marketing Manager at LINKBYNET
Tél : +33 (0)1 48 13 21 15 – Email : m.demoor@linkbynet.com

About Keensight Capital

Keensight Capital, one of the leading European Growth Buyout firms, is committed to supporting entrepreneurs as they implement their growth strategies. For 20 years now, our team of seasoned professionals have leveraged their knowledge in investment and growth industries to invest for the long term in profitable companies with high growth potential and revenues in the range of €15 million to €250 million.
Drawing on our expertise in the sectors of Information Technology/Internet and Healthcare/Wellbeing, we identify the best investment opportunities in Europe and work closely with management teams to develop and achieve their strategic vision.

Website : http://www.keensightcapital.com/

Press Contact : Anne de Bonnefon – abonnefon@keensightcapital.com – +33 1 83 79 87 37
Alienor Miens – alienor.miens@citigatedewerogerson.com – +33 6 64 32 81 75
Alexandre Dechaux – alexandre.dechaux@citigatedewerogerson.com  – +33 7 62 72 71 15