Australian Public Company Tambla Acquires Datacom Business Services


Tambla is based in North Sydney currently supporting over 180 customers in over 5,000 global locations, including leading organisations within the government, global ports, aviation, transportation, retail, hospitality, and health. 

Despite COVID-19 putting a halt on most of the global business transactions including merger and acquisitions, Tambla, a developer and provider of intelligent workforce management solutions, have taken the strategic move of acquiring the Data Business Services (DBS), which is part of Datacom’s enterprise payroll service business in Australia. In the acquisition of DBS, about 40 Datacom staff is expected to join Tambla.

The acquisition is anticipated to strengthen Tambla’s presence in the enterprise and government human capital management (HCM) sector as well as grow its national customer base with DBS’ staff in Melbourne and Brisbane. More importantly, Tambla’s revenue and net profit are expected to double by bolstering its presence in the ANZ Healthcare industry, capitalising on the sector’s growth.

Bob Peebles, Datacom’s managing director for strategy in Australia, stated:

“This is an opportunity for Tambla to grow and develop this part of its business and take the DBS product to the next level.” 

“Datacom will continue to operate in the enterprise and payroll market with our existing lines of business,” he added.

DBS’ SAP Payroll and HCM Capabilities

Datacom Business Services has over 25 years of experience in the enterprise and government sectors providing payroll services, SAP system integration, and hosted services.

In 2013, Datacom has started offering SAP enterprise applications via its cloud platforms. Even back then, Datacom’s initial focus was on “People Services,” through which it will deliver the SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM) application, including payroll.

Today, with DBS’ acquisition, in particular, Tambla leverages its existing SAP integrations for “seamless, complementary solutions” to both DBS’ and Tambla’s customers–much needed in an increasingly challenging workforce and payroll environments. The strategic development reinforces Tambla’s position in the A/NZ market backed up by the company’s innovative workforce management solutions and long-term industry experience.

Chris Fydler, Managing Director of Tambla said:

“Tambla has provided workforce management solutions to Australia’s and New Zealand’s large government and enterprise organisations for nearly two decades. The addition of DBS’ SAP payroll and HCM capability means that we will be one of only a very few organisations that can truly provide an end to end HCM solution for the complex A/NZ enterprise markets.”

“We are excited by this new addition to the Tambla family, which brings increased scale and capability to the products and services that we are able to provide our valued customers,” he added.

Fydler shared that Tambla’s growth strategy is to achieve critical mass in the industry sectors in which it operates by focusing on solutions for both the enterprise and government sectors.

About Tambla

Tambla positions itself as an enterprise human resources (HR) software company that delivers cloud-first, intelligent workforce solutions to organisations to efficiently manage large shift-based workforces. Tambla’s solutions include Workforce Planning, Rostering & Scheduling, Award Interpretation, Labour Cost Management, Fatigue Risk Management, Leave Management, Time & Attendance, Employee Self-Service Portals, Risk Management & Safety Compliance, and Workforce Analytics.

The company has been providing workforce solutions for over 40 years.

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