SAP specialists continue to be hot property
Less than eight weeks after the US’s Vision33 snapped up UK SAP Business One specialist B1 Systems, Boston-based Alfresco Software has moved to acquire Germany’s pernexas, an SAP specialist interface provider.
Alfresco Software (itself recently acquired by private equity firm Thomas H. Lee) is an open source company that provides Business Process Management (BPM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) tools.
Its move for SAP specialist pernexas, founded in 2008, boosts its enterprise content management market offering and adds “fully-certified, native integration with line-of-business SAP applications” it said.
Terms were not disclosed.
With cloud bookings up 38 percent year-on-year, SAP’s pivot away from on-premises software appears to be gaining steam and its various flavours of enterprise software continue to be widely used across the enterprise. (SAP said in April that it aims to triple cloud revenue by 2023.)
The pernexas acquisition hands Alfresco Software a fully-certified, native integration with line-of-business SAP applications, including SAP NetWeaver, SAP S/4 HANA, and SAP Fiori. It comes as Alfresco itself moves to boost its cloud presence; last month introducing an AWS hosted “Alfresco Cloud” — a development platform for organisations to build and run process and content -intensive apps in a fully managed and hosted environment.
Volker Blaesig, MD, pernexas, noted: “The SAP landscape has been changing with greater focus on Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) business models and it makes sense that SAP customers will be looking to integrate with a cloud-native, open source Digital Business Platform.”
pernexas is a long-standing Alfresco partner. Its SAP-certified products let customers connect structured data within SAP with unstructured data hosted in Alfresco.
Tony Grout, Chief Product Officer, Alfresco said: “With many joint Alfresco-pernexas customers using SAP ERP systems, we are thrilled with the acquisition of pernexas and the incorporation of its secure and reliable connexas product line in the Alfresco product portfolio.
“The connexas product line makes it easy for our customers to natively integrate their SAP ERP systems with our Digital Business Platform using an SAP-certified connector.”