Today I learned that SDL acquired XyEnterprise, maker of the Contenta XML content management suite and the XPP publishing platform. This is a marriage of what many of us in the industry consider to be two of the strongest XML component content management platforms in the industry: Trisoft, a more recent entrant with a very formidable offering, particularly strong in DITA; and Contenta, also with great DITA support but a unique set of capabilities for S1000D and custom schemas / DTDs, and a tight, powerful publishing integration.
This is a very exciting development which assures the future of both product lines inside one XML powerhouse with all the resources of SDL behind it. SDL plans to manage both products from a single business unit, to be called SDL XySoft. The merger creates organizational stability, a seasoned and unified management team, a strong combined customer base, complete product offerings, and deep XML technical expertise. We can expect the roadmap to develop quickly to align and rationalize the two platforms. SDL has already disclosed intentions to focus Trisoft on DITA, and to aim Contenta at S1000D and DocBook.
The full text of the press release follows:
SDL Announces the Acquisition of XyEnterprise, a Leader in XML Publishing and Component Content Management Software
With this Acquisition, SDL Offers the Most Advanced Technologies in the Market for Sharing and Publishing Structured Component-based Content
SDL Maidenhead, United Kingdom – June 29, 2009
SDL, the leading provider of Global Information Management (GIM) solutions, today announced the acquisition of XyEnterprise®, an award-winning leader in XML Component Content Management (CCM) and Dynamic Publishing solutions. With tight integration into SDL’s GIM technologies, this acquisition adds another building block for managing global content. SDL provides the industry’s only end-to-end solution for creating and managing global content. The technology provides a solution from authoring, to translation supply chain management, right through to the publishing of global content.
The acquisition of XyEnterprise builds on the momentum created by SDL’s earlier acquisition of Trisoft™ in 2008. Since that acquisition, SDL has seen a growing demand for technologies that manage, reuse and deliver product information across a company’s base of global customers, including everything from service manuals to user documentation. Moving into XML standards such as DITA and S1000D, companies are seeking ways to create, translate and publish structured content once and share that information across their global organizations and customer base. Global companies that have already adopted SDL Trisoft Component Content Management (CCM) system include companies such as HACH, VMware, NetApp, FICO, ESRI, Micro Focus, Yokogawa, DAF Trucks and Atlas Copco.
With the acquisition of XyEnterprise, SDL significantly expands its CCM and publishing product offerings and technical capabilities. XyEnterprise products are recognized in the industry for leadership and innovation and currently support more than two hundred enterprise companies with thousands of users.
In particular, XyEnterprise brings to the SDL portfolio both XML publishing products (XPP™ – XML Professional Publisher and LiveContent™, an intelligent interactive delivery solution), as well as a new XML standard (S1000D) with XyEnterprise’s Contenta® content management software. In addition, XyEnterprise brings mature R&D, professional services and support teams into the larger SDL Group.
“XyEnterprise has a strong set of innovative products and is an impressive organization with expertise that will complement and enhance our current SDL Trisoft offerings,” said Mark Lancaster, Chairman and CEO of SDL. “XyEnterprise’s products and expertise will enable us to scale faster to meet the needs of our enterprise customers who are seeking competitive advantage in the global marketplace.”
“Our acquisition by SDL will significantly enhance our ability to execute the product vision and meet the needs of a growing base of customers,” said Kevin Duffy, CEO of XyEnterprise. “The backing by a large public company in a consolidating market and the ability to tightly integrate our products with SDL GIM technologies will accelerate our ability to deliver on our customers’ vision of delivering tailored content to their customers on a global basis.”
With the XyEnterprise acquisition, SDL PLC, a UK-based company, is creating a merged business unit of XyEnterprise and SDL Trisoft that will be branded SDL XySoft™. XyEnterprise Inc., the legal entity, will continue to do business as a US-based, Delaware company. The addition of this new business unit makes SDL the definitive leader in XML Component Content Management and Dynamic Publishing. Global companies selling products into ten or more markets need to manage ninety percent of their content in other languages. SDL’s integration of SDL XySoft products with SDL’s GIM technologies will mean that companies can truly manage global content efficiently, moving products to global markets faster and at lower costs.
SDL XySoft will have a combined management team from the SDL Trisoft and XyEnterprise organizations, with Kevin Duffy, President and CEO of XyEnterprise, as CEO of the newly combined business unit, reporting to Mark Lancaster, Chairman and CEO of SDL. SDL will continue to support both XyEnterprise and SDL Trisoft customers and products as the R&D organization moves to a shared component development model.
Join us for an informational webinar on July 2nd, 2009 at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm BST to learn more about the acquisition, the management team and the product roadmap. Register today at www.sdlxysoft.com/briefing.
You can also find additional information, as well as a podcast interview between Mark Lancaster and Kevin Duffy online at www.sdlxysoft.com/acquisition.
SDL is the leader in Global Information Management (GIM) solutions that empower organizations to accelerate the delivery of high-quality multilingual content to global markets. Its enterprise software and services integrate with existing business systems to manage the delivery of global information from authoring to publication and throughout the distributed translation supply chain.
Global industry leaders rely on SDL to provide enterprise software or hosted services for their GIM processes, including ABN-Amro, Best Western, Bosch, Canon, Chrysler, CNH, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Philips, SAP, Sony, Sun Microsystems and Virgin Atlantic.
SDL has implemented more than 500 enterprise GIM solutions, has deployed over 170,000 software licenses across the GIM ecosystem and provides access to on-demand translation portals for 10 million customers per month. Over 1,000 service professionals deliver consulting, implementation and language services through its global infrastructure of more than 50 offices in 32 countries. For more information, visit www.sdl.com
XyEnterprise develops, markets, and supports standards-based component content management, automated XML publishing and intelligent content delivery solutions that exceed customer expectations for reliability, productivity and ROI. XyEnterprise’s unmatched XML, DITA and S1000D expertise is the result of hundreds of successful deployments and is forged from lasting partnerships with customers for more than 20 years. Named one of KMWorld’s “100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management” for four consecutive years, XyEnterprise is committed to providing innovative solutions that deliver the highest possible performance and value to its customers, including dynamic publishing via the Web, IETMs and IETPs. XyEnterprise is headquartered in Wakefield, Mass. and has offices worldwide. For more information, please call 781.756.4400, visit www.xyenterprise.com or follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/xyenterprise.
About SDL Trisoft
SDL Trisoft is one of the worldwide leaders in Component Content Management (CCM) systems for technical writing organizations. SDL Trisoft’s software empowers global organizations to single source content, easily sharing, reusing and personalizing content in various publication formats and in multiple languages across global markets.
Through efficiency gains, SDL Trisoft customers are able to accelerate the time to deliver information to global markets, drive down the cost of content development and translation, provide more agility for the overall business and increase customer satisfaction through access to better information.
SDL Trisoft customers include a number of large consumer electronics and mobile communications companies as well as the following: Atlas Copco, DAF Trucks (a Paccar Company), Océ, Micro Focus, HACH, FICO, NetApp, VMware, Still, Blondé,Yokogawa, Maruboshi, Linde Material Handling, Nautilus, and Mitsubishi. SDL Trisoft headquarters are in Mechelen, Belgium.
Find out more on SDL Trisoft at www.sdltrisoft.com.
EMEA – Amy Hall (SDL)
US – Mary Galoski Parsons
Nate Tennant (Kirk Communications)