Our Acquisition Strategy

Delivering the world’s best Information Management solutions by aligning the best products and people

Global enterprises need to quickly turn disparate data sources into actionable insight they can use to make business decisions. As organizations have increasingly turned to best of breed and as a result heterogeneous application environment, gaining accurate insights based on the data has grown increasingly complex, and organizations are struggling to keep up with the demands of a competitive and regulatory environment. Yet most of the enterprise information management (EIM) products they turn to do not address the challenges of heterogeneous application and fragmented data environment — the solutions offered by incumbent ISVs are extremely labor-intensive, requiring companies to spend many times more on services and in-house labor than the technology itself.

That’s why Magnitude Software is taking a disruptive rather than incremental approach to EIM, offering solutions that can stay well ahead of our customers’ needs. Our vision is to enable organizations to gain actionable and accurate insights from their heterogeneous application and fragmented data environment, to support business decision-making, while reducing operational cost and risk.

Strategic acquisitions are a key part of our strategy. We augment internal innovation by acquiring companies whose best-of-breed products and services complement our own award-winning solutions in Corporate Performance Management and Master Data Management. By developing and combining adjacent technologies to create innovative new solutions, we can extend our capabilities for existing and new customers as their needs increase, while also strengthening our position as the strategic partner of choice in Enterprise Information Management software segment.

The Magnitude acquisition advantage

We look for companies who share our culture of collaboration and innovation, and we enable them to scale to their full potential by providing:

Financial Stability:

Magnitude Software has secured $100 million in capital investment to grow our solutions portfolio through internal product innovation and strategic acquisitions.

Global Reach:

We operate on seven continents, serving more than 600 enterprise customers with more than 200,000 users across many major verticals. Our international sales team is ready to bring acquired companies’ products to existing and new Magnitude Software customers.

Customer Success:

Acquired companies’ products will be backed by Magnitude Software’s industry-leading customer success program, a highly structured support plan, and a wide range of professional services, managed services and training.

Operational Support:

Magnitude Software enables companies to leverage substantial shared resources in sales, marketing, development and more.

We’ve invested in a robust infrastructure to rapidly and seamlessly integrate each acquired company into the Magnitude Software family. Our clearly defined, collaborative onboarding process ensures that products, employees, customers and partners are aligned without disrupting any progress or service.

The proof is in our past investments. By preserving the characteristics that make each acquired company successful while leveraging Magnitude Software’s strengths, we’ve enabled our new brands to increase their sales, customer satisfaction and global reach.

Connect with us to learn more about Magnitude Software’s acquisition program.

EIM MARKET GROWTH PROJECTION:

According to Gartner revenue forecasts, the addressable market segments for Magnitude Software products is an $18.2 billion market which is projected to grow at a combined 7.9 percent CAGR to $26.7 billion by 2018.

Recent Acquisitions:

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Chris Ney

Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer

Chris oversees Magnitude Software’s overall corporate vision and strategic direction.

As Chairman and CEO, Chris leads Magnitude Software’s corporate vision and strategic direction, driving the company’s acquisition, integration and growth strategies to extend the company’s global reach. Under his leadership, Magnitude Software has developed an unparalleled customer experience, strengthened its culture of innovation, and greatly increased profitability and shareholder value. In September 2014, Chris successfully secured up to $100 million in capital to further build Magnitude Software through product innovation, organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

Ney was previously Co-Founder and President of Silverback Enterprise Group, where the team completed the strategic acquisition of nine industry-leading enterprise software companies and leveraged their synergies to build two powerful new entities: Magnitude Software and Upland Software. Magnitude Software offers a family of award-winning solutions for enterprise performance management, master data management and data connectivity. Upland Software (Nasdaq: UPLD) went public in late 2014 and is a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise work management software with over 2,000 active enterprise customers and more than 235,000 active users in more than 50 countries.

Prior to co-founding Silverback, Ney was CEO of a series of Trilogy/Versata portfolio software companies. He previously served as Chairman of the Board, CEO and Founder of CoreTrac, a financial services CRM software company. Ney began his career working for investment banking firms Lehman Brothers and UBS.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Texas A&M University.

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Lou Guercia

Chief Operating Officer

Lou is responsible for Magnitude Software’s global operations.

With more than 30 years of experience launching, operating and growing profitable technology companies, Lou ensures cohesiveness across all Magnitude Software functions, creating and implementing the operational strategy for the company’s growth. Lou is critical to the success of Magnitude’s product strategy and to integrating acquired and existing products, which serves as a growth multiplier.

Lou has held leadership roles at several privately funded companies, four of which led to successful exits. He was CEO of Scribe Software, a data integration solutions company, and WebDialogs, a SaaS-based web conferencing provider acquired by IBM. At IBM, Lou served as Director of Strategy and Operations for Online Collaboration Services within IBM Software Group. He began his career in sales at Xerox.

Lou holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.

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Kevin Mischnick

Senior Vice President,
Finance and Accounting

Kevin oversees global financial operations for Magnitude Software.

Bringing more than 25 years of financial experience to Magnitude Software, Kevin is responsible for a number of areas of the business, including Finance, Accounting, Legal and Information Technology.

Kevin’s background includes building and transforming financial teams into high-performing units, implementing systems and processes focused on cost savings and efficiency, and raising nearly $100 million in investor capital. He served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Multimedia Games Inc. and Capstar Broadcasting Corporation. Under his financial leadership, the market values of both companies increased more than tenfold.

Kevin is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas Tech University.

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Tony Fisher

General Manager of Connectivity

Tony leads Magnitude’s Connectivity business, driving strategy, growth, product and operations as well as leveraging and integrating our Simba-based technologies for new Magnitude solutions.

An accomplished data management and big data marketplace leader, Tony previously served as the SVP, Business Development & Strategy at Zaloni, an award-winning enterprise data lakes management provider; prior to that role, he was Vice President, Data Collaboration & Integration at Progress Software, where he led the business line’s strategic direction and operations.

Prior to Progress, Tony was the CEO of Dataflux Corporation. He also served as Director of data warehouse technology at SAS. A key technology leader at SAS, Tony provided the engineering research and development direction that helped make SAS the market leader in data warehouse software sales.

Tony earned a Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Duke University.

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Darren Peirce

Chief Technology Officer and
Vice President of Products

Darren drives Magnitude Software’s technology direction and product delivery.

With responsibility for identifying the nexus of market opportunity, technology innovation and Magnitude’s current and future portfolio, Darren oversees Product Management, Product Delivery and Engineering Services while developing and maturing key partnerships with leading technology companies in support of product strategy.

Previously, Darren served as CTO and Group Vice President of Product Management at Kalido; prior to that role, he was the Lead Solutions Architect and Manager of Professional Services in the United Kingdom. He has also worked in senior consulting positions for companies such as Royal Dutch Shell and British Telecom.

Darren received a degree in Management from Intec College in Cape Town, South Africa, and studied Economics at the University of Stellenbosch.

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Susie Buehler

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Chief People Officer

Susie leads Magnitude Software’s global human resources strategy and operational execution.

Susie is a seasoned business leader with more than 25 years of human resources management and recruitment experience at technology companies. At Magnitude, she focuses on building business success through people success across all related disciplines, including talent acquisition, development and retention; compensation and benefits; and all people-related aspects of acquisition integration. She has expertise in HR management and operations and in strategic HR business partnership at rapid-growth, start-up and established high-tech companies with significant M&A activity.

During her career, Susie led HR and Recruitment in the U.S. and China as Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Appconomy. As Vice President of Human Resources and Chief People Officer at Moxie Software/nGenera she oversaw international employee growth. She also served as Vice President of Human Resources and Recruiting at Surgient Networks and worked as an independent strategic HR consultant within the technology industry.

Susie holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and a Master’s degree from Rice University.

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Mihir Shah

Executive Vice President,
Corporate Development and Strategy

Mihir is responsible for Magnitude Software’s acquisition and organic strategy.

Mihir has over a decade of experience leading acquisitions and strategy. During this period, he led several public and private company acquisitions, divestitures, and minority and majority equity investments.

Previously, Mihir was M&A Executive for IBM’s Information Management Software division, executing IBM’s inorganic strategy through M&A and strategic partnerships. He also served as Operating Executive for private equity firm, Golden Gate Capital, and as Vice President for Corporate Development at Aspect Software.

Mihir holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Master of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Amyn Rajan

General Manager,
Connectivity Solutions

Amyn is responsible for leading and growing Magnitude Software’s connectivity solutions business.

Amyn joins Magnitude Software with more than 25 years of experience, including as CEO of Simba Technologies, acquired by Magnitude in 2016. His responsibilities include working with strategic partners and driving product vision along with delivering revenue growth for the company’s data connectivity solutions.

Under Amyn’s leadership, Simba became a global leader in cross-platform, standards-based data access solutions for relational, multi-dimensional and non-relational data sources whose software is embedded by Amazon, Microsoft, SAP and Teradata. Prior to Simba he was CEO of Orbital Technologies, whose customers included Adobe and Microsoft; he also held the position of Vice President of Engineering at Orbital. Amyn’s background includes experience as a software developer at Microsoft and Adobe.

Amyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University. He was appointed co-chair of the Faculty of Applied Sciences External Advisory Council at Simon Fraser University in 2011, and was named to Business in Vancouver magazine’s “Forty Under 40” in 2007.

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Karen McPhillips

Vice President,
Marketing

The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original state

Karen McPhillips drives marketing strategy and operational execution to grow the company profile, revenue and market position.

Leveraging 20+ years of transformational marketing experience, Karen fuels Magnitude’s corporate and existing portfolio marketing, collaborating to maximize the company’s business strategy while also supporting integration of acquired products and services.

Karen has served on leadership teams of public and private companies of all sizes, transforming marketing functions and generating both tangible and intangible value. Most recently at PlumChoice, she and her team repositioned the brand and metamorphosed the marketing function in support of the company’s pivot from IT support provider to leader in the cloud services and Internet of Things spaces. At Iron Mountain and its technology arm, Iron Mountain Digital, she created new marketing functions, introduced the marketing operations discipline, and spearheaded a closed-loop leads-to-revenue framework coupled with a brand-to-demand communication platform that raised the bar on marketing’s revenue influence. Prior to Iron Mountain, Karen held marketing leadership roles with SaaS back-up leader, Connected Corporation (acquired by Iron Mountain), and SilverStream Software, contributing to the company’s IPO and acquisition by Novell.

Karen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from St. Michael’s College in Vermont.