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News Analysis: Epicor Acquires Solarsoft, Moves Closer To $1B in Annual Revenues
Posted By R "Ray" Wang On September 13, 2012 @ 12:55 In acquisition,acquisitions,Cloud,Constellation Research,Enterprise,enterprise applications,enterprise apps,Enterprise apps strategy,Enterprise Software,enterprise strategy,Epicor,Epicor Software,ERP,mergers,mergers and acquisitions,News Analysis,R "Ray" Wang;,rwang0,Software Insider,SoftwareInsider,vendor strategy | 2 Comments
In Epicor’s first major acquisition since Apax partners brought Activant and Epicor together, the near $900M Dublin, CA-based enterprise software announced its acquisition of Solarsoft from Marin Equity Partners. Based in the UK, Solarsoft focuses on MES, ERP, and distribution software in specialty verticals for over 2500 customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Expected ramifications from the deal include:
The Bottom Line: Epicor’s Acquisitions Enable Market Viability and Vertical Industry Specialization
In less than a decade, the market has moved from 100 ERP vendors to about a dozen that matter. Epicor’s ability to continually acquire and innovate sets it apart in the market place. As one of the few vendors who made the transition to a fully multi-tenant SaaS/Cloud ready SOA architecture, Epicor has a modern platform that can be applied to acquisitions over time. Despite the diminished ERP choices in the market place, customers will find that consolidation will bring more vertical and industry specialization to the market. Mid market vendors such as Epicor must go micro vertical, mobile, and cloud to win over SAP and Oracle customers.
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