Building a Technology Platform Through Acquisitions

Aptean found success by growing and integrating with new businesses.

Today’s organizations operate in a fast-paced, competitive environment. Businesses, regardless of industry, can’t afford to spend time and money on generic, one-size-fits-all solutions or workarounds.

Formed in 2012 by the merger of CDC Software and Consona Corporation, Aptean provides industry-specific applications and purpose-built software to enhance processes and help businesses manage their ERP, supply chain, employees, and customer relationships. Today, more than 7,000 highly-specialized organizations in more than 20 industries and 74 countries rely on Aptean to streamline their everyday operations.

Kim Eaton joined Aptean in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing global operations. In 2016, four years after Aptean became a Vista company, Eaton was named CEO. For the more than two years she served as CEO, she focused on creating a culture of collaboration and accountability.

Eaton’s initial impression was that Vista really “got it.” She recalls how the Vista team asked questions that demonstrated its understanding of SaaS businesses and their challenges. From her experience working with Vista and the Vista Consulting Group over the years, Eaton describes how the entire ecosystem is committed to helping companies achieve their goals, build the right teams, and receive the tools and resources necessary to accomplish these objectives.

Since joining Vista, Aptean has acquired 14 companies, which has helped advance its product portfolio and expand into new industries. While investing in new organizations has its challenges, Eaton relied on the guidance of the Vista team to help make this a seamless process. The Aptean acquisition strategy has contributed to the company’s culture of collaboration and accountability by increasing innovation, knowledge-sharing, and talent.

Investing in and pursuing acquisitions are critical strategies for the company’s growth, and Eaton sees an exciting future ahead for Aptean and its partnership with Vista. “We are always looking to take the business to the next level,” she explains. With Vista as a partner, Aptean has built a platform that allows the company to invest in other businesses to help it grow and become more operationally sound, while also advancing its operations and market position.

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Vista has inspired us to always keep reaching, keep getting better, and to never sit still.
–Kim Eaton, Vice Chairman and Former CEO, Aptean


Year of Investment: 2012
Portfolio Status: Current
Headquarters: Atlanta, GA

Industry-specific software applications to enhance processes and help businesses manage their resources, supply chain, employees, and customer relationships.

Aptean was formed by the merger of CDC Software and Consona Corporation in August 2012. Aptean provides industry-specific software applications that enhance processes across the enterprise, helping businesses manage their resources, supply chain, employees, and customer relationships. Aptean delivers solutions to more than 6,500 customers in over 100 countries within the manufacturing, distribution, high tech, transportation, retail, government, real estate, financial services, health care, and not-for-profit industries.

Aptean has over 1,700 employees and is headquartered in Alpharetta, GA with operations worldwide.

Vista Equity Partners Fund IV completed a buyout of CDC Software in April 2012 and subsequently combined CDC with Consona acquired by Vista Equity Partners Fund IV in August 2012. The two businesses are now one company officially operating as one under the name “Aptean.”

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