Sources at integrator MCI Systemhouse say British Telecommunications wasted "a huge amount" of money preparing to merge Systemhouse with its own integration arm, Syntegra.
One former SHL Systemhouse director, who became a MCI Systemhouse employee when MCI acquired the company, said both companies were briefed on how the merger would go ahead. "All the senior staff were told what roles they would have and everything was ready for Concert [the proposed merger between MCI and BT]. We had business plans and everything.
"Then, suddenly, Worldcom is buying and everything changes." When asked how much both companies have invested, he said: "I don?t know. It was a huge amount and must be many hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars."
Worldcom has not announced its plans for Systemhouse or if it will be linked to UUnet, its Internet service provider. The merged Systemhouse and Syntegra would have been big enough to be a major challenge to multinational integration giants including Andersen Consulting, Infoproducts, Sema Group, Logica and EDS.
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