SaaS construction collaboration provider Conject acquires Paris-based mobile AEC app developer, Wapp6.
The Anglo-German SaaS construction collaboration technology provider Conject has acquired a French mobile software specialist Wapp6, based in Paris, allowing it to extend its capabilities to include dedicated inspection and defects management via iPad, Android and Windows mobile platforms. No value for the deal has been announced.
According to Conject:
With core competencies in developing mobile applications combined with intimate knowledge of the real estate and construction sectors, Wapp6 is the market leader in inspection and defects management solutions in France, with 30,000 active users and rapid growth over the past five years. The merger creates opportunities for both companies: Wapp6 can now offer Conject products in France, and Conject can offer Wapp6 products around the world.
Ralf Haendl, the recently appointed Conject CEO (announcing a deal begun by his predecessor Colin Smith), commented:
Conject is a globally renowned enterprise with 11 offices worldwide. The acquisition of Wapp6 continues our expansion, brings us into the French market and adds innovative, high-end software solutions for inspection and defects management to further enhance our mobile and cloud-based portfolio.”
Franck Meudec, CEO of Wapp6, commented:
Conject is a market leader in software for the construction and real estate industries, and the unique expertise of their consultancy and service team convinced us that they are the right partner for us. The bonus is that Conject provides a global route-to-market for our applications. We have tested an English version of our defects management application with numerous Conject customers and are excited by the enthusiastic reactions received. The first UK customer will go live in the next week, and we will be offering our products in additional languages later in the year.”
Conject’s existing cloud-based software portfolio includes project control, cost management, document control and facilities management. By acquiring Wapp6, its first major deal since it bought UK-based BIW Technologies in December 2010, it adds a cloud and mobile-based inspection and defects management suite (something which BIW had itself separately developed for PDA devices in 2006), and enhances its mobile computing competencies. In my view (see also 2014: year of mobile?), Conject had been lagging behind its competitors in delivering mobile capabilities, so this deal starts to close the gap; Conject’s website already includes a page on “Inspection and Defects Management application OPR6”.
Founded by Frank Meudec, right, in April 2009, Wapp6 has some 20 employees and over 400 customers including Societe Generale, BNP Paribas Real Estate, and Credit Agricole. If the name of its founder sounds familiar, it’s perhaps because he was previously (2003-2008) with BuildOnline (MD southern EMEA in 2006), later CTSpace and Sword CTSpace (well before its November 2011 acquisition by iDox and merger into McLaren Software), so he will be very familiar with the European SaaS construction collaboration sector.
In October 2010, Melbourne, Australia-based collaboration vendor and Conject competitor Aconex signed a deal with Wapp6 to provide sales, marketing and advisory services to facilitate the expansion of Aconex in France. That deal has presumably since lapsed; instead, Wapp6 will help Conject grow in the French market, while extending its reach in Conject’s core UK and mainland European markets.
Update (30 January 2014) – Conject has today published an interview with Franck Meudec on its blog, while some of his new UK colleagues have been tweeting iPad screengrabs from the new Conject Mobile reporting tools.