IT services company CS Rand has entered into a strategic partnership with South African IT company AST Offshore Development, which is part of the AST Group.

The alliance will give CS Rand access to AST Offshore's pool of more than 2,500 IT professionals and data centre facilities.

Roy Stew, managing director of CS Rand, said: “This will allow us to provide clients with more cost-effective integrated enterprise application services on a wider scale than ever before.”