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IndustryComputer software
GenreBusiness software provider
FoundedOslo, Norway (1996 (1996))
Number of locations
Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Austria, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia United Kingdom and South America
Area served
Key people
Merete Hverven, CEO
Øystein Moan, Executive Chairman
ProductsBusiness software
IT consultancy
E-government solutions
RevenueIncrease 18.68 billion NOK (2020)
OwnerHgCapital and co-investors (48.9%)
Cinven (17.1%)
Intermediate Capital Group (7.6%)
Montagu (6.2%)
Visma management (6.6%)
Number of employees
12,500 (2020)
DivisionsSMB, Enterprise, Cloud Infrastructure Services, Custom Solutions and Commerce Solutions
Footnotes / references

Visma is a privately held company based in Oslo (Norway). The owners are: Hg and co-investors (48.9%), Cinven (17.1%), Intermediate Capital Group (7.6%) and Montagu (6.2%). The Visma management owns 6.6% of the company. The company provides business software and IT related development and consultancy. The company has 900,000 customers with the vast majority in Northern Europe. It has more than 11,500 employees and the net revenue amounted to NOK 15,027million in 2019.[1]

The company was formed in 1996 through the merging of the companies Multisoft, SpecTec and Dovre Information Systems.[2] Today, the group comprises five business areas: SMB, Enterprise, Custom Solutions, Cloud Infrastructure Services and Commerce Solutions.[3]

The Visma group operates across the entire Nordic region along with Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe. The headquarters are located in Oslo, Norway.[4]


Visma SMB: The Software SMB division is headed by Division Director Steffen Torp. In 2016, the division had a revenue of NOK3,900 million. Out of Visma's 8,500 employees, 2,472work in the SMB division.[5]

Visma Enterprise: The Enterprise division is headed by Division Director Nils Vold. In 2014, the division had a revenue of NOK1,689 million. Out of Visma's 8,500 employees, 2,073 work in the Enterprise division.[6]

Visma Custom Solutions: The Customs Solutions segment is headed by Division Director Carsten Boje Møller. In 2016, the division had a revenue of NOK917 million. Out of Visma's 8,500 employees, 1,259 work in the Custom Solutions division.[7]

Visma Commerce Solutions: The Commerce Solutions division is headed by Division Director Eivind Gundersen. In 2017, the division had a revenue of NOK806 million. Out of Visma's 8,500 employees, 534 work in the Commerce Solutions division.[8]

Merete Hverven (CEO 2020-03-31 - )[edit]

Øystein Moan (CEO -2020)[edit]

Visma CEO Øystein Moan (born 1959), earned an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Oslo. Prior to Visma, Moan was the founder and Managing Director of Cinet AS. Since taking the reins as the CEO of the Visma Group in 1997, Moan has led the company to become one of the leading companies in the Nordic region. He has taken the company from 300 to 8,500 employees and increased the revenue from NOK 250 million to NOK 11,389 million (2018 figures).[9]

In 2020-03-31 he was succeeded by Merete Hverven.

Corporate history[edit]

1996: The Visma Group has its first year of operations. Visma public on Oslo Stock Exchange. MultiSoft ASA, SpecTec ASA and Dovre Information Systems AS merge. Three key products: SpecTec (marine), Visma Logistics and Visma Business.

1997: A turbulent year: Due to growth ambitions that exceeded the company's resources, the company experienced a financial crisis in the year's second quarter. The company had to be re-financed and re-structured, and most of the management and the Board of Directors were replaced. The turnaround: Øystein Moan joins as CEO, and a new strategy is put into action. The new board manages to raise MNOK100 in new share-capital, but must lay off 1/3 of staff.

1999: Visma establishes subsidiaries in Denmark and UK. The company makes its first step towards SaaS launching Visma Business e-commerce and starting work on developing web and WAP extensions of all the Visma applications.

2000: The major event of 2000 was the sale of Visma Marine ASA's operations to Dutch company Station12.[10] Visma received a cash payment of MNOK730. The considerable financial resources would be used to generate vigorous growth. New strategy: To offer both software and outsourcing within accounting, finance and payroll.

2001: Visma acquires Spcs, the Swedish market leader within the small business segment.[11] Later in the year, the company enters the Finnish market through the acquisition of Liinos.

2002: With the Spcs developed software “Avendo”, Visma enters the Norwegian micro market. The BPO division enters the Danish market through the acquisition of Bogholderi & Administrasjon, and the acquisition of Møre Datasystemer sees Visma enter the public sector.

2003: Visma enters major cooperation agreements with Norway's largest bank (DNB) and the national postal service.

2004: Visma establishes an electronic data center in Oslo, which processed 2 million incoming invoices in 2005. The company also makes big strides in the public sector with debt collection and temp services added to the portfolio.

2005: Steady growth – both organically and through eleven acquisition. Visma's Management Trainee program is initiated.

2006–2008: Visma enters the Dutch market through the acquisition of software company AccountView.[12] A change of ownership sees British private equity firm HgCapital become the new majority owner. HgCapital de-lists Visma from the Oslo Stock Exchange.

2009: The company's Retail IT division is established, providing retail businesses with hardware and implementation to consultancy and support. This is also the year Visma's signature headquarter building in Skøyen, Oslo is completed ready to house 800 + of the company's Norwegian staff.[13] Visma reaches 10,000 SaaS users and becomes Finland's second largest accounting firm.

2010: Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (KKR) acquires a 76.9% ownership in Visma.[14] At the time, the transaction values Visma at an enterprise value of NOK11 billion. Visma was KKR's first investment in Norway. HgCapital, the previous majority owner of Visma, retained a significant minority ownership of 17.7% Management of Visma increased its ownership in the business to 5.3%.[15] Earlier that year, Visma entered the IT consultancy market in Norway, Sweden and Denmark through the acquisition of Sirius IT[16]

2011: In Norway, Visma acquires Mamut, its rival in the micro segment.[17][18] Included in the acquisition is international web hosting company Active24.

2012: Visma launches – for small and medium-sized businesses.[19] At launch, the suite includes ERP, CRM and Expense Management. Later this year, Visma introduces Net Promoter Score – a renowned customer satisfaction and nurturing program

2013: Visma signs its biggest deal to date to develop admin and communication solution for Norwegian schools. Through the acquisition of the Duetto Group, Visma enters the Finnish debt collection market.[20]

2014: Visma widens its shareholder base to include Cinven and is valued at NOK21 billion.[21][22] The new owner structure becomes Cinven, HgCapital and KKR with 31.3% ownership each, and the Visma management with 6% ownership.[23]

2015: Visma establishes a new business unit – Visma Employee Management – dedicated to payroll and HRM outsourcing services. Visma also conducts several major acquisitions: e-conomic (DK), SpeedLedger (SE), Huldt & Lillevik(NO), PBJ (DK), Viklo Oy (FI), Aditro Public (SE), Digital Booker (FI) and Abalon (SE).[24]

2016: Visma sells its BPO-division (outsourced accounting, payroll and HR services) to HgCapital to focus on its position as a cloud software company for business customers. Visma also acquires 20+ cloud software companies all over Europe.[25]

2017: Through acquiring Bluegarden, Visma's largest acquisition to date, the company gains a significant position in the Danish payroll segment. During the year, Visma acquires a total of 12 companies, among them Admincontrol, Megaflex Oy and NYCE solutions, expanding its offering in several new business areas.

In June 2017, Visma's shareholder structure changes after KKR sells its entire remaining stake in Visma to an investor group led by HgCapital together with GIC, Montagu and ICG.[26]

2018: Visma acquires Raet, a large Dutch enterprise providing payroll and HCM (Human Capital Management) software.

2020: Visma acquires Yuki, a Dutch bookkeeping software platform.

2021: Visma acquires, an Austrian bookkeeping and billing software platform.


Visma has been the title sponsor of Visma Ski Classics, a long distance ski championship, since 2015.[27]

In 2018, Visma signed a five-year sponsorship deal with the professional road cycling team Team LottoNL-Jumbo, which currently is one of the teams competing in the UCI World Tour. As Visma will be one of the team's two name sponsors, the team has entered the 2019 season under its new name Team Jumbo-Visma.[28]


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  8. ^ "Commerce Solutions - Visma". Retrieved 2017-09-28.
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  10. ^ Visma to sell division to station 12
  11. ^ Agreement on integration with SPCS
  12. ^ HgCapital strengthens Visma AS through the acquisition of AccountView B.V.
  13. ^ Official opening of Visma’s new headquarters in Oslo
  14. ^ KKR Agrees to Pay $935 Million for Stake in Software Maker
  15. ^ KKR to become new majority owner of Visma
  16. ^ Visma further strengthens its Nordic position through acquisition of Sirius IT
  17. ^ Visma offers to buy Mamut
  18. ^ Visma intends to make voluntary offer to acquire MAMUT
  19. ^ Visma delivers a strong quarter and launches ground-breaking cloud services
  20. ^ Visma acquires Duetto Group and enters the Finnish debt collection market
  21. ^ Visma, Valued at NOK21 Billion, Widens Shareholder Base
  22. ^ Buyout firm Cinven to invest in Norway's Visma As
  23. ^ Visma widens shareholder base. Valued at NOK21 billion
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