Not strictly about construction collaboration technology, but Causeway (or at least its Ireland based holding company, Causeway Software Solutions Ltd) – whose growing portfolio of solutions includes a collaboration application (Causeway ECM) based on Open Text Livelink ECM – has this week acquired another business. Less than a year after Causeway bought Elstree Computing (see post), it has announced the acquisition of Dublin-based Connect Construction Software Limited, “a specialist supplier of hire and service management software aimed at contractors, plant, scaffolding and formwork businesses”.
Causeway has recorded some decent wins for its ECM product in recent months – for example, contractor Taylor Woodrow (February), UK regional contractor Frank Galliers (March), the Banks Group (May) – but most of the implementations seem internally focused, not “extranet”-oriented, ie: used to manage communications across multi-company project teams (Taylor Woodrow, for instance, has historically tended to use 4Projects for this purpose). So, while Causeway has been a player in the UK construction collaboration technology market (it was also one of the co-founders of the NCCTP), its diversification into other markets means this specialism is clearly an increasingly small part of its overall product and services portfolio.
Update (18 June 2008): Causeway Announced As The Open Text™ Reseller of the Year.