Fresh off its acquisition of CKS, Internet services and
consulting firm USWeb has purchased two companies abroad to help raise its
Since January 1997, the Santa Clara, California-based firm has bulked up
by acquiring more than 30 U.S.-based companies.
Its latest purchases, Sysicom, a French networking and computer security products integrator, and Internetworking Systems Group, a Canadian network integrator, are part of USWeb/CKS's plan this year to expand its
international scope and grow the firm internally, the company said.
Sysicom, founded ten years ago, is shifting its focus toward data center reengineering, systems and network architecture, facilities
management, and intranet and extranet security. The company's clients
include automaker Renault and telecommunications firm Alcatel.
Internetworking Systems provides consulting and integration services to clients building networks to carry voice, images, and data.
ISG's customers include Applied Technology Solutions, AT&T Canada Long
Distance Services, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank Commerce, Cisco Systems, Sprint Canada, and Royal Bank of Canada.
Both companies' strengths will be folded into the USWeb/CKS Network
USWeb sealed its $540 million
merger with CKS last month. With this week's acquisitions, USWeb/CKS
has offices in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and
the United Kingdom.