As you may have heard, governance and content migration vendor Vamosa (news, site) fell into administration, despite the recent investment of £1 million through Glasgow-based Maven Capital Partners. According to our sources in the U.S., Vamosa has been sold.
As the ink is still drying on the deal’s papers, a note on“administration”: it can be somewhat likened to filing Chapter 11 in theU.S., with the goal of selling the business or finding other means ofrescue.
Who Is the Buyer?
Out of several bidders that were involved, the buyer appears to be T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer arm.
What T-Systems is about:
- About 45,300 employees worldwide
- global infrastructure of data centers and networks
- Information and communication technology (ICT) systems
- For global corporations (in pretty much every vertical) and public sector
- Integrated solutions for “the networked future.”
Infinancial year 2009, the company generated revenue of around EUR 8.8billion.
What’s the Value?
What’sinteresting about T-Systems is their “intelligent networks” approachand cloud computing work with dynamically scalable SAP services.
WhereVamosa could be of value to T-Systems is their Enterprise ContentGovernance (ECoG) technology (for web and documents) that provides thefollowing functionalities:
- Content migration
- Content cleansing
- Version management
- Metadata management
- Content compliance and eDiscovery
Governanceis really the main part of the appeal here, as Vamosa has thetechnology to develop and enforce policies, evaluate and fix governanceissues in the initiate -> create -> control ->consume lifecycleof content.
Vamosaemploys about 30+ people (with a subsidiary in the U.S.). We don’tforesee major cutbacks on the HR front. It would make sense to invest inVamosa, and keep and grow internal knowledge and expertise. But noacquisition goes without trimming the fat.
With Vamosa being arelatively established brand in the field of content management andrelated technologies, chances are we will not see much rebranding.
Neither Vamosa nor T-Systems were available for comments at the time of publishing, but we will keep you posted as we know more.