Information technology juniors Fortix and Echidna Web Design have responded to rising demand for cloud computing services by announcing a merger plan to expand their offering.
Fortix managing director Paul Faix said the merger would give clients access to Google, Microsoft and other cloud-based computing systems for automated business and web development.
"We saw the opportunity to join forces, rather than compete with successful businesses like Echidna," Mr Faix said.
"We can now assist clients to better capture the growing masses of data available to them and to identify and utilise the information that will be of greatest value to them in increasing efficiency, identifying opportunities and growing profits."
Since its formation in 1999, Echidna has built a diverse client list, in industries spanning from automotive trade, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and tourism.
Fortix's flagship software suite is Fortix Freedom, a management platform that can automate up to 75 per cent of a business' operations.
Fortix has clients in Perth, Singapore and the United States.
Echidna managing director Simon Gare said the merged entity would focus on ensuring clients' would realise cost and efficiency benefits from having web pages and business systems e compatible with cloud services.