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Thursday, 12 April 2012

ATOS acquires Paris-based online communities vendor blueKiwi

blueKiwi, the small French provider of SaaS-based online community solutions, has been acquired by ATOS for an undisclosed amount. BlueKiwi has a staff of 30 and is thought to have turned over around EUR 5 million last year. BlueKiwi has over 100 corporate clients, including BNP Paribas, SFR and Dassault Systemes, who use its software to set up a collaborative platform linked to external communities. Dassault invested USD 5.2 million in the start-up, and Soffinnova Patners USD 6.5 million. The companies and BlueKiwi founders Carlos Diaz and Christophe Routieau sold 100 percent of the company to Atos. The acquisition is part of the group's strategy to focus on future means of enterprise communications. Atos CEO Thierry Breton last year announced the objective of eliminating all in-house e-mail within three years in favour of instant messaging and collaboration software.

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