Ideagen snaps up Aussie Microsoft 365 specialist

Ben Dorks

Nottingham-based software provider Ideagen has made its second acquisition of the year after swooping for Australian firm OnePlace Solutions.

The deal, says Ideagen, will enhance its collaboration capabilities, enabling greater connectivity of Microsoft 365 within organisations.

Ideagen OnePlace Solutions, as the newly-acquired company will be called, is a Microsoft Gold Partner providing cloud-based software that enables organisations to do more with their existing Microsoft 365 suite.

Ideagen CEO, Ben Dorks, said: “Today’s globalised world means secure and effective collaboration is essential to do business. In highly regulated industries, the need for auditable information management becomes even more crucial.

“What James and the team at OnePlace Solutions have created is a trusted suite of solutions, that provide a simplified and consistent way for people to engage with business systems built on Microsoft 365. We know these will bring significant value to existing Ideagen customers and new prospects as we use our global footprint to help extend its reach.

James Fox, founder of OnePlace Solutions, headquartered in Sydney, Australia, said: “When we looked at our ambitions for the company – to execute on our product roadmap and continue to lead the market with innovative solutions to help our customers – then this alignment with Ideagen made complete sense.

“We like that Ideagen’s values mirror our own, it feels like a good fit, and it already has a footprint in the sectors and countries we operate in, so understand what we are trying to achieve.

“The opportunity this presents is exciting and I’m looking forward to the journey ahead of us.”

Fox will remain with Ideagen as head of Ideagen OnePlace Solutions.

Dorks, who also joined Ideagen through an acquired business, added: “I’m pleased that James is choosing to stay with us and be part of our exciting and ambitious plans. His knowledge and experience of Microsoft integration and enterprise collaboration requirements is a real asset to our team.”

The acquisition, Ideagen’s second of 2023 following food safety software Ideagen Qadex in January, builds on Ideagen’s presence in Australia which already includes Ideagen CompliSpace, providing governance, risk and compliance support for sectors such as education and aged care. It also adds to Ideagen’s collaboration portal: Ideagen Huddle, its customisable secure client portfolio, Ideagen PleaseReview, a document review, co-authoring and redaction software application and Ideagen Mail Manager, which solves the problem of storing and sharing important information contained within emails.