Reed Elsevier unit acquires Danish software firm Atira

Elsevier BV, a division of Anglo-Dutch publisher and professional information provider Reed Elsevier Group PLC (LON:REL, AMS:REN), said it had acquired Denmark’s Atira A/S without disclosing the financial particulars of the deal.

Atira was established in 2002 and its activities are concentrated in Northern Europe. The company operates in the computer science and software engineering domain, focusing on server-side architecture and systems integration. Its flagship product is a research information system called Pure. It allows researchers to plan, assess and report activities, facilitating the task of data sources aggregation and visualisation. By using Pure, research project leaders can monitor and manage activities and identify improvement opportunities. The system is currently used by more than 47,000 researchers.

With the acquisition of Atira, Elsevier adds complementary capabilities to its SciVal suite, helping academic institutions improve project management and research outcomes. Nick Fowler, who runs Elsevier’s Academic and Government Institutions segment, said that research and funding organisations were increasingly looking for solutions that provide a clear and comprehensive picture of research activities and outcomes. The software developed by Atira helps users get the information that allows them to manage resources effectively and attain their research goals, Fowler said.

Atira director Thomas Jorgensen said that both companies were focused on providing institutions and researchers with quality solutions that improve outcomes. By becoming part of a company with a global footprint, Atira will be able to take its products faster to academic and government institutions worldwide, Jorgensen added.

France’s Dassault agrees to acquire Canadian Gemcom Software

French software and consulting services group Dassault Systemes SA (EPA:DSY) has revealed it will take over Canadian mining industry software provider Gemcom Software International Inc in a cash deal worth around USD360m (EUR272.3m).

Bernard Charles, Dassault Systemes’ president and CEO, said the combination of Gemcom with the group’s 3D Experience platform would help its goal to model and simulate the planet with the aim of improving predictability, efficiency, safety and sustainability within the natural resources sector.
As a step towards that ambition, Dassault Systemes has created the new GEOVIA brand, the CEO added.

In turn, Gemcom expects the combination to enable it to offer global support to its customers and address global issues for them as a real partner, said its president and CEO, Rick Moignard, who will head the new GEOVIA organisation as CEO after the deal.

The transaction will also boost the buyer’s geographic presence in Australia, Africa, Canada, South America, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Indonesia and Russia, it said.

Gemcom’s 360 staff and management will remain in place, with its managers to further develop Dassault Systemes’ strategy of modeling the natural world.

Completion, subject to regulatory clearance, among other conditions, is expected in July 2012.

Gemcom is currently owned by JMI Equity Fund VI LP, The Carlyle Group LP and Pala Investments Holdings Limited. Its solutions are used in 5,500 operating mines and around 15,000 mining projects by all major miners in the world.