ECI²’s European plan takes off


Nearly 200 customers and interested parties turned up at Heathrow, just outside London, in February for a pan-European conference held by ECI2.

The office products industry’s largest provider of back-office systems chose one of the continent’s busiest airports as the location to launch its new European strategy, and reveal a determination to be the first pan-European software company in the industry.

Having made significant acquisitions over the past 18 months, the conference gave ECI2 Europe’s CEO Ron Wotherspoon the platform to explain how each of the various systems would be moulded under the new ECI2 Europe banner. The integration of e-Buzz (purchased in June 2007) and Vision (purchased in February) were explained and the ECI2 Europe management team, which contains three former e-Buzz chiefs, was named.

"We have been working together to build a new organisation and from 1 January of this year we have come together as one company, under one name, with one management team," Wotherspoon told the assembled audience.

He announced that e-Buzz’s operations had been folded into ECI2 Europe in January, and the company was now working towards the creation of a multilingual system that would be offered to dealers throughout the European Union.

This will mean the replacement of the Progress system, with prototypes expected by the summer of this year. Wotherspoon explained that both the Vision and Atomic Data Services divisions, purchased from Integrity Holdings under the same deal, would be maintained and developed.

Wotherspoon then elaborated the details behind a new "all-inclusive deal" for Vision users, introduced to all customers from March this year, which contains the package of Atomic Data, Easy Order eCommerce software and all the options and modules that were previously chargeable, for a monthly subscription.

"We recognise our responsibility to use this commanding position to deliver excellent systems that aid the dealers’ growth and prosperity," said Wotherspoon, making reference to ECI2‘s unique position of serving more than 400 dealers in the UK and Ireland with its software.

Delegates later heard presentations, took part in workshops and listened to speeches from, among others, Ian Doherty, managing director of Spicers UK and Ireland, who announced that Spicers had a considerable investment kitty for 2008.