VADition’s recent acquisition by Exclusive has been a very significant event for us all to absorb, and I’ve understandably been getting lots of questions from partners and others in the ‘VADition family’ about what it means for us all. Let me be clear: this is outstanding news for everyone – and I’m not just saying that.
I’ve experienced acquisitions working elsewhere in the past, and what’s characterised almost all of them is the concerted onset of ‘takeover’, as familiar processes, working practices and – most importantly – the culture and buzz gets slowly assimilated by the dominant partner in the transaction. Quite sad really, but not inevitable. Certainly that’s the direct opposite of what Exclusive and VADition together envisage.
The acquisition – coming as it does after just five years of extraordinary success since VADition was set up from scratch – vindicates the vision we had from the beginning, and the delivery of that vision will continue. Mass collaboration, automation, cloud, IT consumerisation, the social enterprise; anticipating the market; driving demand for our committed partners; adding value into big margin opportunities… The tie-up with Exclusive sees us sticking to the guns that got us this far, and joining forces together, rather than throwing away what’s been achieved thus far and rolling over.
So where are we going next? Well keep reading this blog. But in the meantime, rest assured that our outlook on the market is becoming more and more cognizant of the ‘mobile’ social enterprise. All enterprises are continually evolving, and must cope with the dramatically increasing scale and complexity of the traffic on their networks generated by user-specified, application-drenched smart devices, both from a security and a management perspective. We’ll continue helping our partners to evolve too.
You should only stick to your guns if you know they’re any good. Ours are locked and loaded, and aiming straight at the next challenges and opportunities to come.