Business & Decision Acquires IT and Management Consulting Company Mi Services

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Business & Decision, the consulting and data engineering company specializing in Business Intelligence, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and E-Business solutions, today announced the acquisition of Mi Services Ltd., the international IT and Management Consultancy company with offices in the USA and the UK.

Founded in 1984, Mi Services ( is renowned for its expertise in helping organizations improve their communications, interactions and transactions in their stakeholder relationships. The company has provided ERP solutions for clients from the Life Sciences, Public Sector and Financial Services industry sectors and is renowned for its Validation and Compliance solutions to Life Sciences companies. Clients include American Pacific, BP, Johnson & Johnson, Keystone Foods, Novartis, Philadelphia Youth Network, Smith & Nephew, St. Jude Medical, SunGard Availability Services, Teva Pharmaceuticals, United Utilities, the Universities of Manchester, Oxford Brookes and Southampton, VaxGen, WageWorks and Wyeth.

Mi Services is an Oracle Certified Advantaged Partner in both the North America and Europe, which is the highest level of Partnership status with Oracle. This reflects Mi Services' extensive and in-depth levels of expertise in delivering Oracle-based solutions across the two continents.

“This acquisition marks an important milestone in Business & Decision’s growth plans for North America” added Sylvain Thauvette, President & CEO, Business & Decision North America. “With its prestigious customers, strategic expertise and market penetration, Mi Services will well complement the proposition currently being offered by Business & Decision North America. With this major acquisition, we will achieve 3 strategic objectives: an expansion in our critical mass both in the USA and UK, the acquisition of a strong ERP practice with specific strengths and competencies in the pharmaceutical industry and an increase of our customer base in the USA and UK to which we can extend our other areas of expertise.””

Mi Services is a privately held company with staff in the USA and UK. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2005 Mi Services reported revenues of around $25M. The combined entity will strengthen Business & Decision’s presence both in North America (with offices in Montreal and now Philadelphia) and in the UK (with offices in St Albans, Chester, Edinburgh, London, Oxford, Windsor and now Sunderland).

Robin Kearon, CEO, Mi Services North America concludes “I consider the acquisition by Business & Decision to be very positive for our employees and customers and is a clear step forward in-line with the well-conceived strategy of the company.”

This acquisition is being funded by cash.

Rapid Expansion in North America

Following the launch of North American establishments in Montreal in September 2005, Business & Decision North America counts amongst its customers many corporations from the electronics, aerospace and aeronautical industry as well as large corporations from the Fortune 500. Business & Decision North America’s first milestone was achieved in October with the addition of 15 ERP consultants: by the end of 2005 this had doubled. The acquisition of Mi Services will see the Business & Decision North American team strengthened to approximately 100 consultants.

About Business & Decision:

Business & Decision specializes in providing solutions and related consultancy in Business Intelligence, Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning and E-Business. Founded in 1992 and listed on the Euronext Paris (ISIN code FR 00000 7895 8 / BND), the Group has a reputation for its functional and technological expertise and has forged partnerships with the key technology vendors. Business & Decision currently employs over 1,400 consultants globally and has implemented over 2,100 projects at 1,150 client sites including AXA, Celetronix, Ducommun Aerospace, La Poste, LVMH, Rolls Royce and Tyco. For more information, visit

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