Tadpole has acquired California-based Endeavors Technology, which develops web hosted workflow software, in a stock swap deal valued at $3m.
Endeavors has been in operation for four years and developed out of a research project undertaken by the University of California, Irvine. It develops workflow engines that run across web servers, including the open source Apache server.
Bernard Hulme, Tadpole's group chief executive, said the purchase would enable the UK based mobile computing specialist to sell the workflow engine as a commercial product to the Apache open source web server community.
He claimed that Endeavors' appeal lay in the ability of its technology to work with Tadpole's Cartesia offering. Cartesia enables field workers to receive job and mapping information from head office via the company's J-Slate mobile internet devices. These are based on a stripped down version of the Apache server.
"The acquisition marks a major step in bringing about Tadpole's vision of the mobile busienss era. With Endeavors' components, executing a once complicated workflow process will become as easy as sending a document via email," Hulme attested.
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