Hitachi Solutions Acquires Ignify
Hitachi Solutions Acquires Leading Microsoft Dynamics Solution Provider Ignify
Strategic acquisition expands Hitachi Solutions’ global delivery model in Asia Pacific, deepens IP portfolio, strengthens retail and other industry solutions, and furthers Microsoft strategic partnership
IRVINE, Calif. and LONG BEACH, Calif. — December 14, 2015 — Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd., a leading provider of global industry solutions based on the Microsoft Cloud, today announced it has acquired Ignify, an award-winning solutions provider specializing in Microsoft Dynamics industry solutions. This strategic acquisition brings Hitachi Solutions’ expanded global delivery capabilities with the addition of more than 450 experienced technical and delivery resources. In addition, the company gains a portfolio of proven IP and industry solutions, particularly in the retail sector, to enable delivery of global turnkey industry solutions.
Founded in 1999 by Sandeep Walia and Pankaj Kumar, Ignify is an award-winning global solutions provider specializing in Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail Point of Sale solutions. Ignify is has offices in the U.S., India, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Japan. The company’s flagship product Ignify eCommerce is an end-to-end Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) ecommerce platform that provides full merchandising, inventory, and marketing capabilities. Ignify is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has received numerous awards for its technology innovation and excellence in delivery including being named the fastest growing business for seven years in a row by Deloitte, Inc. Magazine, and Entrepreneur Magazine along with the Microsoft Dynamics Reseller Award of the Year in 2015.
“I am pleased to work with Sandeep, Pankaj, and the Ignify team as Hitachi Solutions expands its capabilities to help our customers expand into new geographies and industries,” said Mike Gillis, President and Global Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi Solutions America, Business Solution Group. “As our two companies combine strengths and best practices, I am confident that we have the right combination of scalability and expertise to optimize our delivery capabilities, and to delight our clients with world class service.”
“Ignify is extremely pleased to join a global brand with the exceptional caliber of Hitachi Solutions,” said Sandeep Walia, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Ignify. “With its long history of technology excellence, industry leadership and vision for the future, I am confident that Hitachi Solutions will provide an environment where our employees can reach new levels of success. Our newly integrated company will also provide Ignify customers with global scale, access to worldwide expertise, and a broader pool of resources.”
With this acquisition, Ignify will immediately become part of Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. and will be operating under the Business Solutions Group. Walia and Kumar will become senior members of Hitachi Solutions’ management team and play key roles in the organization.
Expansion in Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific is a key geography for Hitachi Solutions and this acquisition is another important milestone in the company’s continued investment in the region. The company recently opened a subsidiary in Singapore to bring sales and support closer to its customers and to enable its global customers to realize local synergies. Hitachi Solutions operates four global development centers across India along with a successful academic program targeting students at engineering colleges and business schools with opportunities to develop skills in Microsoft Dynamics.
“We are excited to join forces with the talented team at Ignify to develop and deliver innovative business management solutions that provide exceptional business value to our customers,” said Ananth Subramanian, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Hitachi Solutions India and President/Director of Hitachi Solutions Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. “As we integrate our synergies and best practices, we will be well positioned to respond to the growing global delivery needs for Microsoft Dynamics in the region.”
Commitment to Microsoft Dynamics
Since its founding, Ignify has focused on developing innovative, industry-specific solutions based on the Microsoft Dynamics platform. Throughout its history, the company has consistently been awarded honors from Microsoft including Microsoft Partner of the Year 2011-2013, Microsoft ERP Partner of the Year 2014, and Microsoft ERP Partner of the Year 2015 (Philippines) and Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year for Asia Pacific region in 2015. In addition, Ignify has received multiple Microsoft Dynamics multiple Inner Circle and President’s Club honors.
“Hitachi Solutions continues to raise the leadership bar within the Microsoft Dynamics space,” said Victor Morales, Vice President, Dynamics Partner Programs and Sales, Microsoft Corporation. “With the addition of Ignify and the added global capabilities, we look forward to growing our partnership with Hitachi Solutions and together providing world class solutions that solve our customer’s greatest business challenges.”
Both companies will utilize their respective business process integration skills to work toward a smooth transition to maintain business momentum, retain personnel and continue to deliver the highest quality of client support.
About Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd.
Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. helps its customers to successfully compete with the largest global enterprises using powerful, easy-to-use, and affordable industry solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM enhanced with world class Business Analytics, and Portals and Collaboration. Recognized as the Microsoft 2014 CRM Global Partner of the Year and the 2014 Dynamics Global Outstanding Reseller of the Year, Hitachi Solutions America provides global capabilities with regional offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Japan, China, and Asia Pacific. For more information, call + 1 949.242.1300 or visit: http://us.hitachi-solutions.com.
About Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.
Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a core member of Information & Telecommunication Systems Company of Hitachi Group and a recognized leader in delivering proven business and IT strategies and solutions to companies across many industries. The company provides value-driven services throughout the IT life cycle from systems planning to systems integration, operation and maintenance. Hitachi Solutions delivers products and services of superior value to customers worldwide through key subsidiaries in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, China, and Asia Pacific. For more information on Hitachi Solutions, please visit: http://www.hitachi-solutions.com.
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.