HCL Announces Purchase of IBM Products

HCL has announced that it will purchase seven standard software products from IBM in mid-2019. Including Notes Domino.

What does this mean from the point of view of GEDYS IntraWare?

AS the largest CRM provider on this application platform worldwide, GEDYS IntraWare will benefit from the new HCL dynamics and expressly welcomes it. The contact and cooperation with HCL at the managerial and operational level is very close.

In the 30-year history of GEDYS Intraware, there have been many acquisitions. The IT software industry is constantly reinventing itself, and both large and small vendors are equally highly innovative. Notes Domino has been a stable, secure, scalable and price-performance application platform under IBM. A great development environment for our excellent CRM. One of the first and leading low code platforms.

Back to 1995

We remember when IBM bought Lotus’ Domino product. The fears were great. The lean and fast-acting company Lotus, with whose product we have created an outstanding CRM application, switched to the large tanker IBM. Can we do well? Twenty-three years later, we know. It went well. The CRM and GEDYS IntraWare have grown many times over and have developed great.

Now the opposite is happening: big and sometimes too slow, is now acting too fast again, becomes innovative software versions like Domino 10 and becomes more flexible marketing. The new flexibility has been felt by many customers and employees over the past 12 months: Jam sessions, close contact with US decision makers, close collaborations with business partners and announced annual Notes Domino updates are just some of the milestones of the first Year. A great success in such a short time. We are convinced that HCL will continue to offer us good growth opportunities in the future.

About HCL Technologies

HCL Technologies is a world-leading technology company that helps global companies reconfigure and transform their businesses by transforming digital technology. HCL operates in 43 countries and generated consolidated sales of USD 8.2 billion in the 12 months to September 30, 2018. www.hcltech.com

Excerpts from IBM's official announcement

HCL Technologies Acquires Selected IBM Software Products

IBM and HCL Technologies (HCL) today announced a final agreement in which HCL will acquire selected IBM software products for USD 1.8 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed by mid-2019, subject to the completion of the applicable regulatory reviews.

The software products in the volume represent a total addressable market of more than 50 billion Us dollars and include:

  • Appscan can be used for secure application development
  • BigFix for secure device management
  • Unica (On-Premise) for Marketing Automation
  • Commerce for Omni-Channel E-Commerce
  • Portal for digital experience
  • Notes & Domino for fast application development of email and low code as well as
    Connections for Workstream Collaboration
  • HCL and IBM maintain an ongoing IP partnership for five of these products

“We still see great market opportunities to improve our range of Mode-3 (products and platforms). The products we purchase are in major growth areas such as security, marketing and retail, which are strategic segments for HCL. Many of these products are highly valued by customers and positioned by industry analysts in the upper quadrant,” said C. Vijayakumar, President & CEO of HCL Technologies.

He added: “The extensive implementations of these products provide us with a great opportunity to reach and serve thousands of global businesses across a wide range of industries and markets. I am confident that these products will show a good growth path. The commitment to invest in product innovations, coupled with our strong customer orientation and agile product development. In addition, we see enormous potential for creating compelling As-a-Service offerings by combining these products with our Fashion 1 and Mode 2 services.”

“Over the past four years, we have prioritised our investments in developing integrated capabilities in areas such as Enterprise AI, Hybrid Cloud, Cybersecurity, Analytics, Supply Chain and Blockchain, as well as industry-specific platforms and solutions such as healthcare, industrial IOT and in financial services. This is one of the emerging, high-quality segments of the IT industry. That’s why IBM is now a leader in these segments,” said John Kelly, senior vice president of Cognitive Solutions and Research at IBM. “We believe it is time to divest these selected collaboration, marketing and commerce software assets, which are increasingly delivered as standalone products. At the same time, we believe that these products have a strong strategic suitability for HCL and HCL is well positioned to drive innovation and growth for its customers.”

Official IBM Info: https://newsroom.ibm.com/2018-12-06-HCL-Technologies-to-Acquire-Select-IBM-Software-Products-for-1-8B