GOconnectIT strengthens its position in the fast growing glass fiber market with the acquisition of Swiss Knife from Almelo, the Netherlands. This is the second acquisition for GOconnectIT in a short period of time, again supported by Main Capital.
GOconnectIT, supplier of innovative and specialist software solutions for the infrastructure industry, is taking the next step in building the leading player in software for the cables and pipes industry. After the acquisition of Geodan van den Berg, Swiss Knife is now added to the group. This enables GOconnectIT to strengthen its position in the glass fiber market. In addition, intensive efforts will be made to further internationalize the joint product portfolio.
Swiss Knife supplies cloud solutions and apps for the field and office staff to a large customer base, particularly in the glass fiber sector and the contractors industry. More than 50% of all optical fiber connections rolled out in the Netherlands are planned with software from Swiss Knife. PLANRRR is a cloud solution for integrating field and office activities and defining business processes in a workflow. The APPEEE platform enables field staff to save a lot of time through digital work orders, inspections, visit reports, time registration, quality reports, surveys and more. The software solutions of Swiss Knife are used by NKM, BAM, Van Gelder and VolkerWessels Telecom and many others.
The combination of GOconnectIT, Geodan van den Berg and Swiss Knife creates an organization with more than 75 employees. The joint goal of this group is to facilitate contractors and network operators, telco’s and government agencies with smart (mobile) solutions and a broad product portfolio. Connections between the Swiss Knife and GOconnectIT software already exists, and these platforms will be further integrated.
Cooperation GOconnectIT – Swiss Knife
Matty van Leeuwen (CEO GOconnectIT): “There is a good fit with Swiss Knife in terms of culture and vision. It has acquired a strong position in the glass fiber market, which means that we are now able to better serve this market. With the product portfolio of Swiss Knife, we are taking further steps in the automation of all registrations in the field.”
Renzo Lunenberg (CEO Swiss Knife): “By joining forces with GOconnectIT, Swiss Knife accelerates its growth on both product(technical) and organizational level. The company culture is very similar and the products are complementary. Together we will enable actual first-time right processes for the customer with minimal administrative effort.”
Charly Zwemstra (CEO Main Capital): “In close cooperation with the management team of GOconnectIT, it is our ambition to build a larger software group with a broad product portfolio to facilitate and support contractors, network operators, telco’s and government agencies with smart (mobile) solutions.”
About Swiss Knife
Swiss Knife automates the exchange of information between office and mobile staff with smart flexible software for both office and field staff. Their no-nonsense approach and knowledge of how field processes work makes them unique. Swiss Knife connects the registrations in the field to the administrative processes at the office. The typing of written information is no longer needed. They choose the most suitable registration method for field registrations; a tablet, smartphone, handheld computer with barcode scanner or a digital pen. With software and apps, Swiss Knife makes the total automation of large scale rollouts of FttH infrastructures paperless. More than 50% of all optical fiber connections in the Netherlands are scheduled to connect via the Swiss Knife systems. At Swiss Knife, user friendliness and service come first. The office of Swiss Knife is located in Almelo.
Whether it concerns progressive software solutions, conditioning of cables and pipelines, or legal advice: GOconnectIT brings the cable and pipeline sector into motion. GOconnectIT works for and together with excavators, network operators and (semi-) government. By making GEO information and knowledge available to everyone in a unique way, GOconnectIT brings innovation in the industry and contributes to the reduction of excavation damage. In addition, GOconnectIT guides the cables and pipelines process within infrastructural projects, ensuring that progress made. Right from the beginning, GOconnectIT has focused on GIS and the coordination of the cables and pipelines process for infrastructural projects. Based on this specialism, groundbreaking technology has been introduced for field staff and the team is currently working on GIS for the entire sector. GOconnectIT’s office is located in Nieuwegein.
About Main Capital
Main Capital is a strategic investor with an exclusive focus on the software sector in the Benelux, Germany and Scandinavia. Within this sector, Main Capital is the most specialized party in management buy-outs and later-stage growth capital. Main Capital manages approximately € 400 million for investments in mature but growing software companies in the Netherlands and Germany. An experienced team of professionals manages this group of software companies from offices in The Hague and Düsseldorf.
Main Capital invested in GOconnectIT at the end of 2017 and actively supports the group in further expanding the company in the coming years, both with organic growth and growth through selective acquisitions and strategic partnerships.
Besides GOconnectIT, the current investment portfolio of Main Capital consists of other growing (SaaS) software companies such as Enovation, SDB Ayton, JobRouter (Germany), Verklizan, Inergy, MUIS Software, artegic (Germany), OBI4wan, Axxerion, b + m Informatik (Germany), Ymor, Roxit, Onguard, Sharewire, SecondFloor, Sofon, ChainPoint, RVC and TPSC. Main Capital also has an interest in managed hosting provider Denit. Main Capital has a long-term perspective with the intention to build larger and stronger software groups.
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