The Deal to Buy XyEnterprise
The deal to acquire XyEnterprise builds on the previous 2008 acquisition of Trisoft, a provider of Component Content Management (CCM) systems for technical writing organizations. With this acquisition, SDL has seen a rapidly growing demand for component based technology solutions, particularly those built on DITA.
SDL is creating a new business unit within SDL, called SDL XySoft, an integration of SDL TriSoft and XyEnterprise. XyEnterprise, the legal entity, will still operate as a US-based Delaware company.
According to SDL, SDL XySoft will have a combined management team with Kevin Duffy, President and CEO of XyEnterprise, as the CEO of the new business unit. Duffy will report to Mark Lancaster, Chairman and CEO of SDL.
An Expanded Product Line
With the acquisition, SDL picks up two publishing solutions (LiveContent and XPP --XML Professional Publisher), support for XML standard S1000D and additional DITA capabilities.
Here's what the new combined offering will look like:
SDL TriSoft continues to be the lead platform for DITA solutions, with XyEnterprise Contenta DITA capabilities being built into TriSoft where it adds value. Contenta will be the prime platform for S1000D and Custom DTDs.
SDL's overall product strategy is to move towards a Common Enterprise Architecture Framework, something they announced earlier this year. This should enable more functionality to be shared among the individual products with a strong focus on building vertical solutions for specific industries.
Integration of XyEnterprise and SDL TriSoft
The Benefits to XyEnterprise
XyEnterprise gets access to a wider global market than it had on its own, particularly in Europe. Additional DITA capabilities are also going to add to their solutions as is the tight integration into SDL's GIM solutions.
Customers of both XyEnterprise and SDL TriSoft will continue to be supported along with their products while they work to develop a shared component development model that can be leveraged in both platforms.
“XyEnterprise has a strong set of innovative products and is an impressive organization with expertise that will complement and enhance our current SDL Trisoft offerings,” said Mark Lancaster, Chairman and CEO of SDL. “XyEnterprise’s products and expertise will enable us to scale faster to meet the needs of our enterprise customers who are seeking competitive advantage in the global marketplace.”
You can register for a briefing that will take place July 2nd at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm BST to get more information on the acquisition and the planned roadmap for SDL XySoft. If you can't wait till then, there's more information and a podcast from the CEO's of XyEnterprise and SDL here.