Perceptive has been busy again. Already this month it has added federated search, text through the ISYS acquisition, document imaging through the Nolij acquisition and integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX. Now it has expanded its cloud offerings internationally.

Perceptive, Lexmark

It often happens that, when a company is bought out by a bigger, if not necessarily better, company, the smaller company just gets sucked up and their products released under the buyer's brand name.

We don’t want to point any fingers here but… well, we could. However, this does not appear to be the case with Perceptive, which was swallowed up by Lexmark at the end of 2010, but still managed to make it into the Forrester Wave for Enterprise CMS "Strong Performers" category in Q4 last year alongside HP, Microsoft and Xerox.

Lexmark, at the time of the Perceptive acquisition, said that it would leave Perceptive as a standalone company and let it continue to work on its process and content management products -- something that Lexmark has actively assisted in by buying the pieces Perceptive needed to strengthen the product.

Perceptive, Data Management

And such is the case with its data management centers. To make Perceptive’s cloud offerings truly international, it needed international data centers.

We already saw earlier in the week when we took a look at Office 365 that it has had to open data centers around the world, not just for performance reasons, but also for performance reasons.

Perceptive is going the same way. It established data centers in North America as early as 2006, but as of this week it now has centers in Europe, Asia and Australia to cater for the 28% of its new customers that are coming onboard through its subscription services.

CIOs and IT executives need to support business growth through carefully managed cost centers and by tying applications to organizational innovation and competitive advantage. Perceptive Software believes process and content automation solutions delivered via the cloud play a key role in driving this transformation,” said Lynne Wilson, Vice President of Cloud.

It’s a nice sound-bite, but at the heart of it is the reality that many, if not all, companies will have at least a part of their software portfolio delivered through the cloud.

It is also providing a number of deployment options, including -- crucially -- the ability to isolate server and storage environments at most of its data centers around the world.

We say crucially as we have seen in the past that among the biggest barriers to cloud adoption is concern over security and privacy.

The other big one -- compliance -- won’t be entirely sorted by international data centers, but it will certainly take one of the headaches around compliance out of the equation: Notably, the geographical location of stored information.

Lots to consider here, and undoubtedly not the last we’ll be hearing from Perceptive. Watch and wait.