ECi Software Solutions acquires BlueSky Systems Solutions (BlueSky)

Deal summary

ECi Software Solutions, a leader in industry-specific information technology solutions, has acquired BlueSky Systems Solutions Ltd (BlueSky), a leading back office systems supplier for the European office products industry located in Derbyshire, England. BlueSky becomes part of ECi’s Office Products Division, which includes the Horizon, Horizon Web, Office2Net, Vision, NGV, EasyOrder, Progress and Prolink Web products. With the acquisition of BlueSky, ECi has further established its position as the most comprehensive office products software provider in Europe and will be able to offer customers an ever-expanding array of products and services to meet their needs.

“Both ECi and BlueSky have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the European office products industry,” says Ron Books, President and CEO of ECi. “At the core of both organizations is a strong desire to serve our customers and better enable their success. Bringing our companies together, we will be able to fulfil industry requirements and dealers’ needs at a faster pace than would have resulted operating independently. Uniting two successful companies will allow us to collaborate to provide rich functionality, superior customer service and an expanded solutions suite. This will allow BlueSky customers to take advantage of the complete ECi portfolio of products.”

What our client said

“We are very excited to join the ECi family,” says Adrian Billingham, founder and Managing Director of BlueSky. “The quality products and services that ECi provides, along with its highly regarded position in office products software development, fit perfectly with BlueSky’s commitment to customer service and cutting-edge technology. By joining forces with ECi, we will be able to expand our product offerings to our customers and improve product implementations and conversions. We will also be able to increase investments in the resources we have developing for this market.” Billingham will remain in a leadership role with BlueSky and serve as Director of Development

What we said

Roy Farmer, Corporate Finance Partner at Dains comments: “It was great to play a part in this transaction – Bluesky have built an impressive product and the acquisition by ECi reinforces this. We wish all parties involved every success and look forward to working together in the future.”