In what has to be the last acquisition of the year, open source Web CMS vendor DotNetNuke (DNN) has announced that it will buy Australian-based iFinity, which will add a comprehensive URL management solution to the platform.
DNN, which is based in California, will absorb the iFinity solution into its platform just about immediately and has already said that by v7.1 the integration of the two should be complete.
Given that DNN only released v7.0 at the end of November adding new functionality for both editors and developers aimed at enhancing the user experience, the addition of iFinity now shows how quickly this platform is actually developing.
However, the acquisition should be no surprise to those familiar with DNN. iFinity has over the years been a consistent contributor to the DNN portfolio in the shape of modules and consulting services, so the formal joining together of the two should be no surprise in this, the Age of Consolidation.
But let’s go to the horse’s mouth to find out exactly why they are getting together. Bruce Chapman is founder of iFinity and he had quite a bit to say about the deal in a blog post except, of course, the financial terms, which haven’t been publicized.
So why have they joined together. According to Chapman they did it so as to be able to offer DNN the benefits of its URL management capabilities.
The reason for this action has been to both provide DotNetNuke with tried-and-proven technology for greatly expanding the URL capabilities of the DotNetNuke platform, and to have access to my now extensive experience in dealing with all things related to URLs…This opportunity allows me to take that hard-earned knowledge and experience to a much wider audience than the sizable but still relatively niche customers of mine,” he said.
The immediate plans for the URL management solution is to integrate the codebase, but also to make it a standard way of powering all URL-related functions in DNN for all editions from v7.1 onwards.
While the majority of the URL management features will go straight into the commercial editions of DNN, the underlying capability and improved URLs will be in the open-source community platform too.
Existing customers will continue to get support as normal and the products will remain for sale for the immediate future.