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Two entities came together in the name of enterprise business and accessibility, as Axway, driver of business critical interactions for enterprise business, acquires Appcelerator. Known for a platform utilized in mobile app development amongst customers such as T-Mobile, PayPal and GameStop, the acquisition of Appcelerator means a totally new direction for Axway, as it expands B2B service incentives for new and existing clientele.
Appcelerator brings Axway competitive leverage by implementing mobile and API solutions into the new business initiatives at Axway. Axway, previously without mobile capabilities, will now be able to service clientele through end-to-end solutions that will allow corporate data to become accessible on mobile.
Appcelerator creates solutions, delivering native cross-platform apps, quickly and by bringing mobility to the life of any data source, utilizing cloud-technologies.
While no purchases price has been disclosed in the matter, it is said that this acquisition was a “cash on the table” deal. Perhaps the most important element in the deal, however, was that nothing at Appcelerator would be changed. The company’s purpose will simply expand. Because the product and brand has such a strong influence in the corporate world and a mutual customer base, Appcelerator will continue to operate similarly to how it has in the past.
“We don’t want to hug [Appcelerator] to death,” Axway CEO Jean-Marc Lazarri told Tech Crunch. He continues by saying, “We had long discussions and I’ve done that rodeo before — where you move from a startup to a larger entity… We will probably use Appcelerator as a kind of innovation center or digital lab… We have no intention not to try to leverage the maximum of the brands we are buying.”
While Appcelerator targets the developer, Axway has the total enterprise in mind. Appcelerator will now create solutions that will allow department heads more control of the system. This means that they will certainly have to simplify their platform to accommodate the executive that may be less tech savvy.
Ultimately, there will be integrations that will also accommodate productivity and better communication amongst corporate divisions in the way Axway is currently structured.
Axway’s goal here is to move customers towards bimodal IT, bringing stability through secure solutions that will allow them to become more agile while remaining competitive. It’s safe to say that it is this agility that could put them over the top, as companies continue to partner and integrate to meet mobile demands.
The acquisition of Appcelerator will allow Axway to become a prominent force in Silicon Valley. While this subsidiary is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, it is part of the larger Sopra Steria group, based out of France.