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Adobe Finalizes Day Software Acquisition

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Not sure which company's logo to use... Goodbye, Day Software, as we knew you. Hello, Adobe WCM/CEM, or Adobe super-duper content authoring, or whatever it is Adobe will rebrand Day to.

The deal is a done deal though, as announced earlier, with more than 98% of shares in Adobe’s pockets. The acquisition is final.

As you may have heard, Adobe is focusing on CEM -- Customer ExperienceManagement -- across all channels. Day and its CQ5 Web CMS and CRX willbe an important part of the CEM proposition.

So far, the main news items are as follows:

  • Adobewants to embrace OSGi (comes in handy after the debate about whetherAdobe will let Day roll with its open source adventures). What about JCRand JSRs then?
  • Day Software stays as a brand for now, with Adobelogo attached closely to it and a note along the lines of “Day Softwareis now part of Adobe”
  • Day boasts their Q3 2010 that ended September 30 being the record quarter ever in the company’s history.
  • Day will be incorporated as a new product line in Adobe’s Digital Enterprise Solutions business unit.

Key Personnel After the Buy

UnderRob Tarkoff, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Adobe DigitalEnterprise Solutions (DESBU), we will see the usual Day suspects.

Learning Opportunities

As per the offer prospectus, the following managerial personnel of Day will remain onboard with new employment contracts:

  • Erik Hansen, in the function of CEO Day Software (VP DESBU) (current function: CEO and member of the board of directors of Day).
  • Richard Francis, in the function of CFO Day Software (Finance Director DESBU) (current function: CFO of Day).
  • DavidNuescheler, in the function of Vice President Products &Technology, Day Software (current function: CTO and member of the boardof directors of Day).
  • Kevin Cochrane, in thefunction of Vice President Solutions and Product Marketing (current function: CMO of Day).
  • Roy T. Fielding, in the function of Principal Scientist (current function: Chief Scientist of Day)
  • Jean-Michel Pittet, in the function of Director of Engineering (current function: Senior Vice President Engineering of Day).

This doesn’t mean yet there will be any headcount cuts for the rest of the Day population.

Despitewhat you may have heard about a complete dismantle of the Day board ofdirectors, it doesn’t really matter who stays on the board, as it willbe replaced by Adobe forces anyway, once all the loose bits of the dealare tied.

As ever, we will keep you posted as we know more.

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