Scots energy IT specialist Swarm Online takes over Open Platform in new move into oil and gas services sector

Pictured, from left, are Andrew Duncan, Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown and Tony McKenzie
Pictured, from left, are Andrew Duncan, Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown and Tony McKenzie

Swarm Online – a Glasgow based tech company – has taken over Open Platform, an Edinburgh digital agency for an undisclosed sum in a move it hopes will strengthen its presence in the oil and gas and financial services sectors.

The move was announced during a visit to the company by Keith Brown MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Infrastructure and Investment.

The combined turnover of the two businesses – which will trade under the Swarm Online name – is forecast to hit £2 million in the next financial year.

Its founder and managing director, Andrew Duncan, said: “The offerings of the two companies are very closely aligned and we both have particular expertise in building web based systems for internal employees as well as consumer facing systems.

“We are experts at building apps across multiple platforms and build hardware in-house for the energy sector. Open Platform is well known in the oil and gas sector and this will be a focus for the new business going forward.”

Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown, said: “Scotland’s digital economy is growing fast, with huge opportunities available to innovative for ambitious technology companies such as Swarm Online.  I am therefore delighted to visit Swarm Online and hear first-hand about their expansion into the oil and gas sector and wish them every success moving forward.”

Tony McKenzie, Managing Director at Open Platform will take on the new role of Client Services Director. He said: “Our combined expertise and client lists are complementary and whilst we are particularly strong in oil and gas and financial services, Swarm Online have a fantastic reputation in energy, utilities and property.”

The new business has 21 staff, but hopes to increase that to 25 over the next 12 months.

Swarm Online recently recruited Dr. Richard Gamble as Technical Director from his previous role as solutions architect at E.On.

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