Borland has spun off the US consulting arm of its Open Environment (OEC) acquisition, and provided it with the start-up funds to create an independent, privately owned company.
NetNumina Solutions is now owned by three former OEC consultancy team managers, Anish Dhanda, Greg Sabatino and Imran Sayeed.
In the short to medium term, the Boston, Massachussetts-based firm will provide consultancy services to Borland customers related to OEC's Entera middleware product, including technical support, training, custom development projects and the placement and management of personnel on customer sites.
However, NetNumina hopes to take on other customers, particularly in the Internet space, into the long term. The unit generated about $5 million last year and has 15 staff.
Paul Wiltshire, OEC?s sales director, said: ?The OEC people wanted to go down this route on their own, so they managed to persuade Borland to back them. Borland couldn?t stop them leaving, but it could maintain their goodwill and ensure they stayed together as a coherent group by doing it this way. But, Europe is completely unaffected by this in a practical sense. It stays with Borland.?
The move follows the departure of about half of OEC?s US staff, following its acquisition by Borland in November last year.
Many had not been keen to move to California, while others were reluctant to move to a larger company, with a different business model.
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