Camwood becomes 100% employee-owned

  • Application Intelligence experts have bought out their institutional investors in an MBO led by their CEO, Frank Foxall.
  • Customers and partners will benefit through the accelerated investment in innovative products and services that address complex application migration and portfolio management challenge
London, UK, 30th April 2012 – Camwood, the Application Portfolio Management company, (and original creators of the App-DNA toolset), today announces that it has bought out its existing Venture Capital (VC) investors and is now 100% self-owned. The deal, completed on 26th April 2012, means that Camwood is now entirely owned and run by members of its own board. This represents another milestone in the extraordinary journey of the world’s foremost specialists in application intelligence and ‘Enlightened Migration’. Camwood concluded its deal with its existing venture capital investor groups, Matrix Partners and Foresight Group, on 26th April 2012. The current Directors, led by CEO Frank Foxall are now the sole owners of Camwood. “We have worked with Matrix Partners and Foresight since 2003 and are grateful for the insight and support they have given us but the time is now right for the management buy out,” commented Frank Foxall.  “The new structure will enable us to move forward and take advantage of new market opportunities and further develop our products and services.” Four years ago, App-DNA, a software toolset for application management, was spun out of Camwood. App-DNA was then acquired by Citrix in October 2011 for $92million, providing the institutional investors with a substantial return of 32 times the initial investment which is a Silicon Valley-type result. “If App-DNA represents a distillation of just a part of Camwood’s expertise in application migration and portfolio management services,” added Frank, “it gives you a perspective on just how valuable and unique our skillset is. We’re looking forward to the future, and are very excited about realising our bullish plans for mid-to-long term growth. Those parties now determining Camwood’s future have been working within this field of expertise for many years, and are ideally placed to drive the continued growth of the company. This will ultimately translate into the continued innovation of Camwood’s products and services for our customers and greater market agility.”

Five Steps to Achieving Application Intelligence

The philosopher George Santayana once said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” He probably didn’t have desktop application migration projects in mind when he said it, but it will nevertheless ring true for any IT manager who’s been through more than one big migration. All that effort to get the application portfolio into shape: the horror of finding you had several hundred more apps than you thought, the long nights of emergency remediation to get incompatible apps ready for the new platform, the endless helpdesk calls from users who couldn’t get their favourite app to work on the new OS…you swore you’d never go through that again. But fast-forward a few years to the next desktop OS migration (or move to a virtual desktop environment, or push into the cloud) and you find yourself running into exactly the same problems. The app portfolio has got out of control: no one knows exactly how many apps there are, who’s using them, or what work they need to get ready for the new platform. Put an end to the chaos with Application Portfolio Management There is a way out of this. It’s called Application Portfolio Management, and it’s easier to implement than you might think. We’ve created a quick, five-step checklist to help you banish application chaos forever and ensure your app portfolio is always in lean, agile shape, ready for the next challenge. Download the checklist now to see how you can move from chaos to agility in five key areas:
  1. Documenting your apps: moving from a load of messy spreadsheets to a single, elegant repository of all the app-related information you’ll ever need.
  2. Managing user requests: ensuring your users get the apps they need without blowing your budget or cluttering the estate up with software that doesn’t get used.
  3. Monitoring application usage: so you can tell which apps are truly popular, which are rarely used, and where you can safely ‘true up’ or ‘true down’ on licenses.
  4. Automating management processes: getting the right tools to discover and map your app estate, monitor usage, highlight duplicated functionality, check compatibility with target platforms, and run reports on everything from license cost to energy efficiency.
  5. Ensuring ‘Excellence as Usual’: implementing a set of best-practice application governance processes to ensure your estate never gets out of control again
With an intelligent approach to application portfolio management, you’re no longer doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. Start your journey to Application Intelligence today. Download “Five Steps to Application Intelligence”

Join us on the 3rd May 2012 to find out how to accelerate your move to Windows 7

Camwood’s “Accelerating your move Windows 7” event

Part of the Microsoft App Compat Sessions

With support for Windows XP coming to an end on the 8th April 2014 and IE6 dependencies standing in the way of many Windows 7 migrations, what better time to start taking the leap to a more modern browser? Legacy – yet still business-critical – web applications are all too often a key migration blocker, so we have teamed up with Microsoft to help jump-start your browser migration and accelerate your move to Windows 7. Join us on Thursday the 3rd May 2012, for a packed agenda discussing the technical challenges faced by IT departments looking to migrate to a later version of IE. We’ll show you how to overcome these challenges with new tools and innovative solutions, including Browsium Ion which enables enterprises to run IE6- and IE7-dependent web applications in IE8 or IE9, thus unblocking upgrades to Windows 7. The agenda will cover:
  • The benefits of migrating to a modern browser
  • How to identify problem web applications
  • How to remediate these applications, while minimising cost and complexity
  • Best practices for a successful IE migration
Date: Thursday 3rd May 2012 Time: 9.30am – 12.45pm Venue: Cote St Paul’s, London Agenda: 9.30am – 9.45am – Arrivals and Registration 9.45am – 9.50am – Welcome and Introduction 9.50am – 10.20am – Microsoft – The benefits of migrating to a modern browser 10.20am – 10.30am – Coffee 10.30am – 11.00am – Camwood – How to prepare for an IE migration and identify problem web applications 11.00am – 11.30am – Browsium – How to remediate these applications, while minimising cost and complexity 11.30am – 12:00pm – Q&A Panel 12:00pm – 12.45pm – Light lunch and networking This event has now taken place – To find out more about this topic and how Camwood can help you with your web app migration please contact us directly.