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India-based Persistent acquires Akumina service business

India-based Persistent acquires Akumina service business

by: David Rubinstein

Persistent Systems, an India-based software services provider, today announced it has acquired the services business of SharePoint platform provider Akumina. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Persistent and Akumina share the vision of helping enterprises make a digital transformation, and content management-specifically SharePoint, from the Microsoft catalog-is a big part of that, said Anand Deshpande, founder and chairman of Persistent. "A lot of this transformation is driven by line-of-business people, and Akumina is strong there,? he said. "We are working with companies that are building software products, that need an architecture that combines data, APIs and user experiences like personalization. Akumina complements our skills space.?

Ed Rogers, CEO of Akumina, explained that the company had built out both a software practice and a software product business, and he noted that in the April/May timeframe the software side gained traction. "Now it's time to focus on our software line of business, and we wanted to make sure we had a home for our software practice.?

Along with the acquisition, Persistent is making an investment in Akumina's product business, and in effect will become a reseller of Akumina's software in its engagements, Rogers said. "Persistent has a core vision of how to change companies to a software-driven business, and we're doing it on the SharePoint platform,? he said. Akumina's flagship product, InterChange, is a SharePoint platform on which people can update or changes pages "and not see SharePoint,? he added.

The introduction of the App Model in SharePoint 2013 played into Akumina's strengths, and now Rogers said the InterChange platform going forward will "make it intuitive to build out pages and mobile apps, using the different personas of content, search, taxonomy and security as services. This, he noted, will help Persistent "deliver the right experience for their clients.?

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