Automic

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Automic (formerly UC4 Software)
Industry Enterprise software
IT services
Founded 1985 in Austria
Headquarters Vienna, Austria; London, England; Paris, France and Bellevue, WA, U.S.
Key people Richard Muirhead (CEO)
Products ONE Automation
Website Automic.com[1]

Automic, formerly UC4 Software and SBB Software, is an international software company. It currently employs more than 600 people who develop, market and sell its ONE Automation platform. The platform is software which provides enterprises with the ability to automate multiple functions including business process automation, application release automation and infrastructure workload automation.

Automic currently serves a wide range of customers in the energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and telecommunications sectors.

Locations[edit]

Automic has main locations in Vienna, London, Paris and Bellevue (WA, U.S.), with satellite offices in Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland and Vietnam.

History[edit]

UC4, Automic’s original company name, was founded in 1985 in Austria by Franz Beranek, and brought its first job scheduler to market in 1996. After opening more offices in Europe and the U.S., asset management firm Carlyle Group became the majority shareholder in 2006. UC4 acquired application automation and scheduling provider Appworx in 2007, and integrated Appworx’s Large Enterprise Scheduler into the UC4 product portfolio.

UC4 then went on to acquire the Austrian predictive analytics company SENACTIVE in 2009. With it, the UC4 product portfolio was again expanded to include complex event processing, pattern mapping and extended visualization tools. These were combined with the existing workload automation and job scheduling functionality of UC4.

The company launched its ONE Automation strategy on 15 March 2011, which brought together run book automation, application process automation, job scheduling/workload automation, managed file transfer, application release and virtualization management into a single automation solution.

UC4 then acquired full-service IT company Ventum in 2012, before UC4 itself was acquired by Swedish private equity firm EQT Partners later that same year.

The company went on to rebrand as Automic in 2013, and expanded the service offering of ONE Automation to embrace trends such as Cloud computing, Mobile computing and DevOps.

Automic acquired French IT Operations specialist ORSYP in 2014, extending its market reach into France and Canada. It now plans to evolve ONE Automation with ORSYP’s best-of-breed features brought in through the acquisition.

Product[edit]

ONE Automation is a technology agnostic, vendor-neutral Business Automation platform. It uses a single automation engine to manage business processes, enterprise applications and IT infrastructure automation. ONE Automation helps to consolidate tools and build reusable components that can be composed into larger IT and business workflows. It can be deployed on physical hardware, on virtualized servers or in a cloud-based infrastructure. The ONE Automation platform comprises the following core components:

  • Enterprise Control Center – A web-based interface that supports IT administrators and operators, self-service for users, and monitoring of workflows and their associated actions:
  • Automation Engine – A single, scalable engine that supports millions of automated tasks per day.
  • Integration Nodes – A distributed set of integrations to existing applications (on-premise and cloud), Business Intelligence, operating systems, databases, service desks, PaaS and IaaS platforms, and numerous other existing IT tools, products and platforms.

Board of Directors[edit]

Vagn Sørensen
Vagn Sørensen has been Chairman of Automic’s Board of Directors since October 2012. He also currently serves as Chairman of FLSmidth A/S, Scandic Hotels AB and Select Service Partner Ltd.

Per Franzén
Per Franzén is a member of Automic’s Board of Directors. He is also Head of Equity in Stockholm at EQT Partners.

Henning Kagermann
Henning Kagermann is a member of Automic’s Board of Directors. He has previously been Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of SAP AG, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Nokia Corporation and WIPRO.

Jonas Persson
Jonas Persson has been a member of Automic’s Board of Directors since August 2012. He is also CEO of Microsoft Sweden, a member of the Board of Directors for the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and an Industrial Advisor at EQT Partners.

Leadership Team[edit]

Chief Executive Officer
Richard Muirhead is currently Interim CEO at Automic. He teamed with EQT to acquire the company in 2012, then invested and joined the Board, becoming CEO in February 2014. He is currently leading the expansion of ONE Automation for the enterprise as well as extending Automic’s product marketing and scaling its sales force.

Chief Sales Officer
Paul Forte has been Chief Sales Officer at Automic since May 2013. He works closely with the executive team to further Automic’s mission and revenue growth by managing sales globally.

Chief Marketing Officer
Craig Beddis is currently Chief Marketing Officer at Automic, where his focus is on defining and enabling new routes to market and building the Automic brand.

Senior Vice President, Customer Success
Guenther Flamm has been SVP of Customer Success at Automic since May 2014. He directs customer engagement for the company.

Chief Technology Officer
Vincent Stueger has been Chief Technology Officer at Automic since April 2002. He is also head of support and engineering worldwide.

Chief Finance Officer
Andreas Seidl has been Chief Finance Officer at Automic since August 2008. He is responsible for Automic’s corporate planning, financial strategy and commercial financial analysis.

Vice President of Talent
Christine Dworschak has been VP of Talent at Automic since August 2002. She is responsible for guiding, managing and improving Human Resources services, policies and programs for the company.

Partnerships[edit]

Accenture
Ciber
Genpact
Infosys

Acquisitions[edit]

Appworx - 2007
Senactive - 2009
Ventum - 2012
ORSYP - 2014

References[edit]