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Sofigate acquires Headstart to become a forerunner in Cloud Business Solutions for midmarket companies in the Nordics

Sofigate has conducted several business acquisitions in the Nordics within the last two years. Now Sofigate is acquiring Headstart, an innovative Finnish company specializing in cloud-based ERP and business solutions. With the acquisition, Sofigate is aiming at becoming a forerunner in Cloud Business Solutions provider in the Nordics.

After the acquisitions of the Swedish companies Daymark and 3gamma, Sofigate became the leading IT management company in the Nordics. The newest acquisition Headstart will complement Sofigate’s Technology Solutions offerings with business solution and SAP consulting, development and services – and accelerate the company’s growth to new business areas.

“Management consulting and technology consulting are converging as business and technology have become inseparable. With Headstart, we bring together the best management capability with the industry leading technology expertise to meet the need of the digitized business. Our ability to combine technology capabilities with change management expertise will enable us to cut the implementation times in projects”, said Sami Karkkila, CEO at Sofigate.

Headstart, founded in 2005, is known for its agile approach as cloud-based business solution provider. By providing cloud-based solutions, the company has been able to cut the time and costs of ERP projects to a fraction. In 2017, the company’s ERP implementation for HMD Global won the Business Transformation category of SAP Quality Awards in the Nordics.

“By welcoming the best-in-class Nordic business solution company under our roof, we can offer our customers the best portfolio of consulting, services and solutions – concentrating on the combination rather than individual solutions. All technology providers develop cloud based solutions and Sofigate will become a forerunner in Cloud Business Solutions in the Nordics”, Karkkila continues.

According to Pasi Mantila, CEO of Headstart, the company is gaining an ecosystem of management expertise to utilize and grow with as it joins forces with Sofigate.

“Customers have a growing need to redesign or reinvent business critical solutions, to succeed in the rapidly digitizing world. With Sofigate, we can truly challenge the traditional it vendors and consultancy companies and offer customers a new unique partner operating in Business Technology”, Mantila said.

Clever acquisitions integral part of growth strategy

After the acquisition of Headstart, Sofigate will have 500 employees in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the UK. The company’s pro forma turnover will rise to 76 million euros. Sofigate’s aim is to become a 150 to 200 million-euro turnover company with more than 1000 employees by 2020.

According to Sami Karkkila, clever right-timed business acquisitions are an integral part of the company’s growth strategy.

“Our ambitious growth plans will continue to realize – both organic and inorganic. We will actively seek more inorganic growth with similar innovative companies as Headstart to join Sofigate’s family”, Karkkila said.

Pasi Mantila and Sami Karkkila