April 19, 2001, 5:00 PM — IT Factory Inc. today announced that it has acquired Enterprise Communications & Messaging Solutions (ECMS), a software vendor that builds applications for Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange collaboration software.
The acquisition of Columbia, S.C.-based ECMS follows IT Factory's announcement in October that it would build collaborative software applications for Exchange as well as Lotus Development Corp.'s Notes.
Cambridge, Mass.-based IT Factory is the largest independent software vendor for Lotus Notes, which is the most popular collaboration platform in the world. Lotus Notes has 78 million licenses worldwide; Exchange has 68 million.
IT Factory recognizes the growing importance of Exchange for corporate collaboration and aims to work across either Notes or Exchange, according to CEO Lars Johansen.
"The company's acquisition of ECMS is an essential part of this plan and will speed the delivery of solutions on the Exchange 2000 platform," IT Factory said today in its announcement.
IT Factory also announced that Jeff Papows has been elected chairman of the board. Papows, who was president and CEO at Lotus until he resigned in February 2000, joined the IT Factory board of directors last summer. He also serves on the boards of other companies, including Burlington, Mass.-based Maptuit Corp.