Ingres grabs UK and Aussie firms

Ingres Corporation, an open source information management company for enterprise applications, announced the acquisition of two systems integrators with proven track records in developing and delivering superior enterprise software applications, service, and support to customers in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand: Luminary Solutions Ltd, based in Leeds, England; and MIS (Management Information Systems) based in Perth, Australia.

"Both Luminary and MIS have proven track records in delivering mission-critical applications to enterprise customers, have accrued deep Ingres skills, and are strategically-located in exciting growth markets," said Roger Burkhart, Ingres CEO. "By bringing these two adept firms directly into the Ingres family, we are responding to the rapid growth in worldwide customer demand for application development services from Ingres."

"In recent years, as we have seen a step change in demand for Ingres-based solutions, Luminary has nearly doubled in size," said Neil Warnock, solutions director of Luminary, an Ingres company.

"With more than 20 years' experience of designing, building and enhancing custom solutions based on Ingres, we are delighted to be working even closer with the worldwide Ingres team and its partners. Ingres Corporation is now more than just an enterprise-class database provider, it is a total solutions provider."

Luminary Solutions Ltd - An Ingres Company

The Luminary team, based in Leeds, UK, specialises in integrating back office IT systems, building BI solutions, and developing custom applications. It also provides customised support and maintenance onsite and offsite.

Luminary has designed, built, integrated and enhanced Ingres systems and packaged applications for customers such as the Office of the Revenue Commissioners (Ireland), responsible for administering government-imposed taxes in the Republic of Ireland; and Indesit Company, a major international manufacturer and supplier of kitchen appliances based in Italy.

According to John Barron, CTO at the Office of the Revenue Commissioners (Ireland), "Both Ingres Corporation and Luminary have provided key technologies to Revenue in developing its modern range of back-office applications and public-facing taxation services. We look forward to the synergies that this merger should produce in the provision of high quality application services by Ingres directly and by its growing network of partners."

Management Information Systems - A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Ingres Australia Pty Ltd

The acquisition of MIS comes just 14 months after Ingres established offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. Ingres Australia has grown to more than 32 employees, further solidifying the company's strong position in the South Pacific region.

Based in Perth, MIS is well known for providing Open Source expertise in implementation and development of enterprise resource planning, HR, payroll and asset management on Ingres technologies.

Customers include Western Australia Department of Education; the Department for Community Development in Western Australia; Fremantle Ports, Western Australia's largest port operator; and JWH Group, a Western Australia residential builder.

Added Denver Technology's consultant services manager, Charles Willard, "In today's fast-paced environment, our success depends on reliable customer service and support to keep us up and running. Clearly, we reap the benefits of the combined talents of the MIS and Ingres teams."