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Outsourcing monolith Capita has coughed up £65m to buy Northgate Managed Services (NMS) in a deal announced to the London Stock Exchange this morning. As revealed by The Channel last year, VC Kholberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and Company - owner of NMS parent Northgate Information Solutions, touted the division with a price tag of £ …

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Anonymous Coward

There was a rumour that 2e2 were trying to buy Northgate last year, but fell through because the banks wouldnt fund it. I dare say this wont make the Northgate staff feel any better though.

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Anyone know what capita's accounts look like? If they ever end up in a 2e2 situation its going to get very messy.

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Does it matter how well Capita is doing? No bonuses or pay rises regardless!

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Anonymous Coward

Re: pay rise

That's true of other "service" suppliers as well!

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Anonymous Coward

Oh shit

and we've just finished moving to one of their services ...

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Re: Oh shit

"and we've just finished moving to one of their services ..."

AH, HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

Who sold you that, then?

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Anonymous Coward

Buying them piece by piece

Capita seem to be buying Northgate piece by piece over time, as AFAIK they bought Northgate Arinso 12-18 months ago.

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FAIL

Why would ANYONE want to buy Northgate?

Nuff said.

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Angel

Benevolence...

This is a bit like taking away a young elephant from a sick& dying mother......corporate benevolence...but will the child thrive and prosper in a much larger bloated herd? Time will tell....

;-)

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In the end, what difference does it make?

Apologies for the anon post but I would like to keep my job... :-| As a public sector IT worker ( scottish local gov) with day to day experience supporting/upgrading/fixing both Capita and Northgate systems, to me it seems that it doesn't really matter which of the big Public Sector suppliers you deal with, it is a complete lottery entirely dependent on the tech staff you are dealing with at the time. There is no consistency of service - a product of the way these companies grow by relentless acquisition - and often the staff feel completely marginalised if they don't happen to be in the business unit that is flavour of the month, and consequently their motication suffers. I previously worked in the private sector where exactly the same has happened. IMHO bigger is definitely not better.

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