Monday, 31 August 2015 22:42

Landesk pulls Xtraction acquisition out of the bag


IT systems and service management specialist Landesk has acquired Melbourne-based Xtraction Solutions.

"We do a pretty good job of gathering in a lot of data" relating to IT systems, Landesk president and CEO Steve Daly (pictured) told iTWire, but "most people have unique situations and want to look at [their] data in a special way."

So Landesk has acquired Xtraction Solutions, which has developed a product that simplifies the delivery of such data via customisable dashboards.

This customisation can be in terms of appearance, the data presented, and to incorporate additional sources of data, Daly explained.

Xtraction started as a services organisation, so it understands how people think, said Daly. The company used these insights to produce software that delivers value out of the box.

Importantly, the software can display measurements in terms of business value. For example, improved uptime can be shown in terms of productivity savings.

Preconfigured dashboards are provided for Landesk Service Desk and Management Suite, and for dozens of products from other vendors. The plan is to continue and expand support for third-party software, and to integrate Xtraction's capabilities into Landesk Workspaces IT management tool.

Xtraction Systems CEO Clive Smith will continue to lead the operation, and "the people are all coming across," Daly told iTWire.

The acquisition will "give the Xtraction team a lot more reach" in terms of sales, he added - the company has been constrained by its limited global presence and distribution arrangements.

Xtraction has been part of the Landesk One technology partnership, which has already introduced the product to a wider audience.

“We’ve built a great product and strong team,” said Smith. “We are excited to be a part of Landesk, and to take what we’ve built to a broader, worldwide audience.”

The value of the transaction was not disclosed.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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