Enprise buys cloud portal developer Datagate Innovation

Summary:Enprise Group, which sold cloud provisioning system EMS Cortex to Citrix in 2011, reenters the cloud software market.

New Zealand-based Enprise Group has acquired Datagate Innovation, the developer of a cloud portal to deliver analysis, reporting and billing information to users of cloud and managed service providers.

Enprise CEO Mark Loveys said Datagate's software will help create a more responsive and richer relationship between companies that bundle and resell managed services and their customers.

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Mark Loveys, left and Tim Mulcock

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it brings back together members of the team that developed EMS Cortax, a cloud provisioning tool that Enprise sold to Citrix in February 2011.

Loveys said Datagate founder Tim Mulcock will continue to lead Datagate as a wholly-owned Enprise Group subsidiary, and also becomes a significant shareholder.

Mulcock was a co-founder of EMS Cortex, acquired by Enprise in 2006.

Loveys said Datagate's software is suitable for use by telco’s, utility companies and hosted service providers. Users of such services can log in and see useful analysis of spending, call information and data usage.

It also enable the service provider to deliver customer billing through the portal and to build their own identities, brands and customer relationships. As Datagate is built on Microsoft's Azure platform, it is scalable from the smallest of service providers to national telcos, he said. 

Loveys said there is no crossover between Datagate and EMS Cortex, but they are complementary and the same international customers will be targeted after the market is built in New Zealand.

According to Citrix's accounts, EMS Cortex was acquired for around NZ$14 million.

Loveys said Mulcock and his team have a great track record and ability to see a market need and use the cloud computing model to develop and bring solutions to market.

“Tim has a particular understanding of the telco and utilities markets gained from working within Telecom New Zealand, which was a foundation customer of EMS Cortex," he said. "He was also a co-founder of Bizo – a New Zealand hosted service provider that was later sold to Orcon - so he has particular domain expertise in the hosted service provider market."

Datagate will retain its own brand within Enprise Group, which now has has three operating divisions: Enprise Solutions (an MYOB EXO enterprise resource planning software service provider), Enprise Software (an SAP Business One software development partner) and Datagate Innovation.

Enprise Software’s flagship SAP add-on module "Enprise Job" is now used by more than 300 SAP Business One customers globally. Other add-ons include Enprise Rent, Enprise Service and Enprise ImportGL.

Both Datagate and Enprise are based in New Zealand but Enprise is listed on Australia's National Stock Exchange (NSX).

Topics: Cloud, Australia, Microsoft, New Zealand, Outsourcing, SAP

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Rob O'Neill is a writer for CBS Interactive based in Auckland, New Zealand covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet. He has previously worked for IDG, The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne's The Age as well as various business titles, most recently editing the Business Sunday section of New Zealand's weekly national news... Full Bio

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