Brisbane IT Company Acquires UK Distributor
Softlink International, a Brisbane-based developer of library and information management solutions announced the acquisition of its UK distributor, Softlink Europe this week.
Headquartered in Brisbane, the deal ranks Softlink among Australia's leading IT exporters with approximately 4,000 additional customers extending from Europe to the Middle East, India and Africa.
With 10,000 customers across 108 nations, 25 years industry experience and solutions in 13 major languages, the acquisition boosts sales and export opportunities for Softlink across the UK, Africa and the Middle East.
The acquisition also strengthens Softlink's position in the International Information Management Industry with an Oxford-based office, staff and customers that include Emirates, Birmingham Law Society, Dubai Financial Services and Cambridge University.
The deal follows Kim Duffy's commencement at Softlink as Chief Executive Officer in August last year. Formally of Internet Security Systems and Mincom, Duffy was appointed by Softlink's Board of Directors to expand the company's international customer base and distribution network of 30 offices and agents.
"I am pleased to announce this milestone as we build on a foundation of 25 years development experience, premier solutions, a global distribution network and customers across more than 100 countries." he said.
Established in 1983, Softlink today has offices in Seattle, Oxford, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Auckland and supports clients such as Microsoft, Kellogg's and NBC in the US, Feilding Public Library in New Zealand and Curtin University in Australia.
"At a time where many home-grown businesses are concerned about the state of the Australian dollar, this deal represents fantastic export opportunities for Softlink. Despite the state of the world economy, Softlink is well positioned to respond to Government initiatives to improve literacy and learning and increases in Government spending," said Duffy.
With market leadership in schools in Australia and the UK, Softlink has most recently established success with corporate and government organisations in Australia and overseas. Softlink's web-based Liberty, with industry-leading SQL architecture and Web 2.0 features has quickly gained market share as organisations seek best-of-breed solutions to enhance decision-making information across the enterprise.
The acquisition deal leads into a week-long Global Forum chaired by Duffy at Softlink's Brisbane head office. The meeting, attended by key executives from Softlink's US, UK and New Zealand offices will consolidate global market opportunities, strategy, and tactics for the company, its solutions and services.