IT firms in all-Ireland merger

2 May 2007

Two indigenous IT companies, Real Time Systems Ltd (RTSL) and 4sol, have merged their operations to become Ireland’s leading partner for Citrix, Microsoft and VMWare. The new company will be rebranded and will operate strategically on an all-Ireland basis.

Staff numbers across the two operations are set to increase from 40 to 60 in the next year, with a purpose-built headquarters being opened soon in Belfast along with new offices in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

RTSL is one of Northern Ireland’s premier access infrastructure services providers based in Carryduff, Co Down. RTSL employs 24 staff and is Northern Ireland’s only Citrix Platinum Partner. It was founded by Patrick McAliskey and David Hughes in 1994.

4sol has offices in Belfast and Dublin and is the highest certified indigenous Microsoft Gold Partner in Ireland. Founded in 2002 by John Lennon and Simon Hamilton, it employs 16 staff members responsible for delivering a range of infrastructure and business intelligence services.

RTSL’s managing director Patrick McAliskey said: “Both companies are perfectly aligned, have a common vision and share the same tradition of excellence. I am very excited about the merger and the opportunities this will bring to all our stakeholders.”

John Lennon, managing director at 4sol, commented: “The skillset of the new company will create an unrivalled capability to deliver leading-edge solutions in the Irish market place. This merger will allow us to provide solutions to customers who truly believe that technology is an asset.”

By Niall Byrne