Public software group MACH AG, backed by Main Capital, joins forces with Stuttgart-based DATA-PLAN

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Main Capital Partners
16/02/2021

Lübeck / Stuttgart, 16. February 2021 – MACH AG, the Lübeck based e-government software provider for the public sector, together with software investor Main Capital, announces the 100% acquisition of DATA-PLAN Computer Consulting GmbH, a financial management software specialist for municipalities based in Stuttgart, Germany.

DATA-PLAN was founded in 1991 by Gerhard Bosch and has since developed into a leading provider of financial management software for municipalities, state operated businesses, and other public institutions. With several hundred installations, DATA-PLAN is today one of the fastest growing companies in this sector. With around 50 employees based in Stuttgart and Chemnitz, the company provides proprietary software, consultancy and support services for their customers. The FINANZ+ solution is currently used in 13 federal states. In Baden-Württemberg, DATA-PLAN is the market leader in the area of autonomous financial software.

The cooperation between the two companies is highly complementary both from a product and customer perspective. DATA-PLAN’s core solution is the modular FINANZ+ platform, which is specialized for the use in municipalities. With its budgeting, controlling, cost accounting, credit management, dunning, enforcement and billing functionalities, as well as e-signing and archiving, it is a strategically valuable addition to the MACH ERP solution. The merger enables MACH to significantly strengthen its offering at the municipal level and provide customers, among others, with a comprehensive solution for financial and HR management as well as payroll accounting.

About 90 municipal institutions and cultural enterprises in Germany currently rely on MACH software. DATA-PLAN has over 240 clients in the public sector. While DATA-PLAN has a particularly strong presence in southern Germany, MACH mainly covers the northern and western part of Germany. The merger of the two companies strengthens their position in the municipal market with ample potential to jointly tap into further federal states. Together with its 450 employees, the new group has an impressive footprint on all levels of the German government market (federal, state and municipalities).

Rolf Sahre, CEO of MACH AG, explains the reasoning of the merger: “We are very pleased to add the DATA-PLAN team with its excellent reputation to our group. DATA-PLAN has developed into an important player in the German e-government market at the municipal level and beyond, and is now one of the most sought-after software providers in this field. We have been in contact with DATA-PLAN for several years and are happy that we are now joining forces. The merger opens new opportunities for both companies to jointly grow in the municipal field and beyond.”

Gerhard Bosch, CEO of DATA-PLAN, adds: “ The prospects offered by the merger of MACH and DATA-PLAN could not be better: MACH is an e-government specialist that has been established for more than 35 years, supporting public administrations in digitizing their processes with their own ERP software and consultancy services. This ensures that DATA-PLAN will continue to be successful in the market together with MACH AG for decades to come. For our employees and long-standing customers, this provides the security that FINANZ+ will continue to exist and will be further developed in the long-term.”

Sven van Berge Henegouwen (Partner Main Capital DACH): “We are impressed by how strongly the team around Mr. Bosch has positioned the company in the market for municipal software. DATA-PLAN’s modular FINANZ+ solution is precisely tailored to the needs of the municipal market and delivers, in combination with MACH, a comprehensive one-stop-shop solution for finance and personnel management as well as payroll accounting. We look forward to working with the DATA-PLAN team to support the company’s next growth phase.”

About MACH AG
Digitization of paper files, more transparency in the financial budget or modern personnel processes – MACH AG has been supporting public administrations in digitization projects since 1985. With deep sector know-how and our own software, we strengthen our customers in the long-term – and thus Germany. More than 100,000 users in federal and state authorities, church administrations, educational and research institutions and NGOs rely on our solutions on a daily basis. These institutions benefit from our holistic approach because MACH provides a one-stop solution for software, consulting and execution. Further information is available at https://www.mach.de.

About DATA-PLAN Computer Consulting GmbH
DATA-PLAN Computer Consulting GmbH is a software vendor with a focus on public administration. The proprietarily developed financial management system FINANZ+ is able to map both the Kameralistik and the Kommunale Doppik.  FINANZ+ is used in almost all federal states and DATA-PLAN has established the market leading position in the field of autonomous financial software in Baden-Württemberg. With several hundred installations at municipal administrations, state operated businesses and other public institutions, DATA-PLAN is a competent partner for its customers. With the know-how of approx. 50 employees at two locations in Stuttgart and Chemnitz, DATA-PLAN offers consulting, support and hotline services for their clients, before, during and after the transition.

About Main Capital Partners
Main Capital is a strategic investor with exclusive focus on the software sector in the Benelux, DACH and Nordics. Main has a long term horizon around successful partnerships with management teams, aiming to build larger software groups together. Main has about € 1 billion of assets under management for investments in mature and growing software companies.

Main Capital’s current portfolio includes fast growing software and SaaS-software companies such as Relyon (NL, field service management), Perbility (DACH, HR software), Pointsharp (SE, Security Software) MACH AG (DACH, government software), Textkernel (NL, HR software), Exxellence (NL, government software), WoodWing (NL, ECM/DAM software), Alfa (SE, healthcare/government software),  Optimizers (NL, SCM software), Assessio (SE, HR software), GBTEC (DACH, BPM/GRC software), Onventis (DACH, procurement software), HYPE Innovation (DACH, innovation management software), cleversoft (DACH, RegTech), Enovation (NL, healthcare software), SDB Group (NL, healthcare HR software), JobRouter (DACH, BPM/WFM software), GOconnectIT (NL, GIS/FSM software), Inergy (NL, BI software), KING Software (NL, ERP/accounting software), Artegic (DACH, marketing software), OBI4wan (NL, social media monitoring software), b+m Informatik (DACH, financial services software), ChainPoint (NL, SCM software), Sofon (NL, CRM/CPQ software). Successful former companies that grew significantly under Main’s leadership include Connexys (NL, HR software), Roxit (NL, government software), Axxerion (NL, facilities management software), Ymor (NL, APM software), Onguard (NL, credit management software) TPSC (NL, healthcare GRC software), and RVC (NL, healthcare software).

 Note for the editor:
This press release is issued by Main Capital. For more information, please contact:
Sandra Obendorf
MACH AG, Wielandstraße 14, 23558 Lübeck
Tel.: +49 451 70 64 70
presse@mach.de
www.mach.de

Sven van Berge Henegouwen (Partner)
Main Capital Partners GmbH, Rathausufer 17, 40213 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 (0) 211 7314 9339 / +31 (0)70 324 34 33
sven@main.nl
www.main.nl

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