Consona Corporation Announces Acquisition of Configuration Solutions, Inc.
Configuration Solutions Complements Consona ERP Product Lines and Strengthens To-Order Manufacturing Expertise in the ERP Software Market
INDIANAPOLIS, March 31, 2008-Consona Corporation (Consona), a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software and services for the enterprise, today announced that it has acquired substantially all assets of Configuration Solutions, Inc. Configuration Solutions, headquartered in Portage, Mich., is a leader in the development of product configuration solutions for to-order manufacturers.
The acquisition of Configuration Solutions reinforces Consona's aggressive acquisition strategy to acquire specific manufacturing expertise within the ERP software space.
"Configuration Solutions has been a Consona technology partner for years, providing add-on configuration tools for both the Made2Manage and Intuitive product lines," said Scott Malia, general manager of Consona ERP. "The Configuration Solutions products will significantly enhance our manufacturing execution functionality for the make-to-order (MTO), engineer-to-order (ETO) and assemble-to-order (ATO) manufacturing environments, and will open up seamless cross-selling opportunities across several of our ERP product lines."
"By combining the resources of two leading companies, we'll be able to provide more proactive service and support to our shared customers," said Bill Haynes, vice president of sales for Consona ERP. Haynes added that the acquisition will not impact Configuration Solutions' partner relationships with ERP solutions that compete directly with Consona ERP. "It is our ongoing objective to provide unsurpassed service and support -regardless of the ERP foundation a customer is using," he said.
According to Malia, Configuration Solutions will continue to operate from its headquarters as a product line of Consona ERP, serviced by dedicated sales, support, services and development staff. Consona will maintain the Configuration Solutions brand and product names and remains committed to the ongoing sales, maintenance, support and enhancement of Configuration Solutions' product and service offerings to meet the needs of both existing and future customers.
Ryan Colosky, former vice president of sales for Configuration Solutions, has assumed the role of general manager of the product line, reporting directly to Malia. After 16 years of focused dedication to the industry, Founder and CEO Dale Colosky has decided to retire.
"We are extremely excited about the acquisition," said Colosky. "Our customers will immediately begin to realize significant benefits from the financial and intellectual capital, management processes, and customer-centric philosophies for which Consona is known. We're looking forward to operating as a part of Consona, and uncovering synergies and best practices that will contribute to the ongoing growth of the Configuration Solutions business."
The specific terms of the agreement were not released.
About Consona Corporation
Consona Corporation (Consona, formerly known as M2M Holdings Inc.) is a worldwide leader in providing customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services for the enterprise. Consona is dedicated to becoming a valued business partner by helping each and every customer continuously improve business processes over time. Toward this mission, Consona invests in the people, processes, technology and tools needed to provide its customers with a unique combination of customer care; product fit; a broad range of consulting, IT and business services; and industry expertise. Consona serves more than 4,500 customers worldwide and across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, financial services, health care, high tech and local government. Battery Ventures and Thoma Cressey Bravo jointly own Consona. Consona is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. For further information, visit www.consona.com, e-mail email@example.com, or call (888) 8 CONSONA.
About Configuration Solutions
Configuration Solutions (CS) is a leader in the development of product configuration software applications for make-to-order, and engineer-to-order manufacturing environments. The CS enterprise suite of applications enhance and compress quote-to-delivery cycles and streamline business processes enterprise wide, resulting in significantly improved production times and enhanced supply chain efficiency. Clients using CS applications are able to compress sales, order entry, engineering and manufacturing cycles between 50 and 80 percent. Readily integrated to existing enterprise/e-commerce systems, the web-based CS-enterprise applications leverage existing IT investments to optimize utilization and drive rapid ROI. For further information, visit configurationsolutions.com or call (269) 329-2541.
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