Horizontal Applications

Business application software companies offer applications that can govern the entire enterprise, and/or specific functions/business units.  In addition these solutions govern business communications within the enterprise.

 

Due to heavy consolidation, business application software as a sector has become very broad in scale and includes:

 

Business Intelligence (BI)
Content Management (CM)
Communications
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Human Resources (HR)
Supply Chain Management (SCM)

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Transactions

Allegiance, Inc. Consolidates the Enterprise Feedback Management Market by Acquiring Inquisite

Allegiance, Inc., a leading provider of voice-of-the customer (VOC) solutions that help companies capitalize on customer and employee engagement, today announced that it has acquired Inquisite, Inc. an innovative provider of online survey software based in Austin, Texas. With the purchase of Inquisite, Allegiance accelerates its leadership position in next-generation Enterprise Feedback Management (EFM) solutions.

Inquisite offers a robust and proven end-to-end survey solution designed for gathering and understanding the opinions and insights of customers, partners and employees. The flexible, self-administered survey product gives users the ability to build higher quality surveys and make better and faster decisions. Inquisite solutions are preferred by a growing customer base of Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Chevron, Dell, Intel, Visa, Citi, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott, Dupont, Xerox, SAP, Siemens, USPS, FDIC, REI, GAP, and Target.

Announcement Date: July 13, 2009
Deal Value: Undisclosed


Apax Partners' strategic investment in Plexus Systems

Plexus Systems, a Mich.-based provider of a broad suite of applications that automate business processes for discrete manufacturers.

Plexus Systems was a logical investment for Apax Partners by expanding their on-demand solutions portfolio.

Plexus Systems employs an “on-demand”, or “Software as a Service” (SaaS), delivery model that allows its single, standard code base to be accessed and shared by multiple customers via the Internet. The Plexus Online™ automates the business processes of mid-market discrete manufacturers, principally within the mission-critical areas of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Enterprise Resource Planning applications (ERP).

“Plexus has been hugely successful in addressing the needs of this market, as evidenced by their significant growth and fierce customer loyalty,” said Ward Carter, Corum president. “When it came time for the shareholders to survey their options, there were many strategic and financial players who were anxious to participate. A combination of strong sector expertise, flexibility on structure, and the ability to act quickly weighed strongly on the decision to work with Apax.”

Announcement Date: August 16, 2006
Deal Value: Undisclosed

Other Horizontal Transactions

quotesCorum gained a true understanding of our company and then went out and found the right type of potential buyers, companies that we would have never found on our own. Once a suitable buyer was established, Corum guided us carefully through the complex M&A process. Ultimately, Corum helped us to not only achieve our financial goals, but to exceed them.quotes

Rob Beatty
Plexus Systems