The transaction provides SSA with access to Epiphany's CRM suite as the vendor continues to build a portfolio of enterprise applications.
"With Epiphany, we expect to enhance SSA's CRM and the broad portfolio of solutions that will help customers and prospects address demand-driven business issues," said SSA chief executive Mike Greenough.
Both companies use similar architectures that revolve around service oriented architecture and Java 2 Enterprise Edition technology. SSA said that this will allow customers to easily integrate the SSA suites with existing enterprise applications.
The acquisition spree in which SSA and its competitors is engaged provides further proof that the enterprise applications industry is becoming more mature, according to Paul Hamerman, vice president at Forrester Research's enterprise applications research group.
"A lot of it is about customer acquisition. Vendors depend less on licence revenues and more on maintenance," he told vnunet.com.
Hamerman described the deal as a good move for SSA and Epiphany's customers, giving SSA a "best in class" CRM application that allows the company to make more cross sales.
Users now have the assurance that their vendor is financially stable and profitable, noted Hamerman. Epiphany has not posted a net profit for any fiscal year since its initial public offering in 1999.
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