Corel Acquires Belgian Remote Access Specialist Awingu – ICT News

The Belgian company Awingu is acquired by Corel. The Belgian subsidiary of Awingu will therefore be strengthened to compete even more with leading players. “Citrix and VMware may start to shake,” says ambitious CEO Walter Van Uytven.

Canadian company Corel is taking over all of Awingu’s shares and will pay an (undisclosed) amount in cash for this purpose. Corel is the company on the initiative of graphics products such as CorelDRAW, PaintShop Pro, Avid video processing and many other software packages such as WinZIP, Mindmanager or WordPerfect, but it has also developed Parallels, which allows Windows to run on Mac. With Parallels RAS, also focuses on application virtualization. It is very complementary to what Awingu does.

“Corel doesn’t just buy technology,” CEO Walter Van Uytven told Data News. “Indeed, the entire team will also be taken over and our branch in Ghent will be expanded.” In recent years Awingu has seen a good growth and has also been able to seek customers (in particular Port of Antwerp, Aviapartner, Federal Police and Peloton) from the competition. The huge wave of telecommuting that followed the crown made the Ghent virtualization company a party, which greatly increased interest in it. But it is Corel that is the ideal complement, as this company is itself part of the large investment fund Kohlberg Kravis Roers & Co (KKR).

‘We find ourselves in a family of software publishers, to which we are linked through the Parallels pillar. This offers us not a few synergistic possibilities in terms of marketing and communication, but also at the level of the product itself. Parallels is already a leader in virtualization and application access. Awingu will extend it to cloud environments, to be able to work from any device. Parallels in combination with Awingu, which should scare Citrix or VMware. There’s nothing this duo has that we can’t do now. ‘

Last week, Awingu was again awarded the Data News Award as Digital Workplace Innovator of the Year, while Van Uytven was nominated for the title of ICT Personality of the Year.

A global role for Van Uytven

Van Uytven will now take on a dual role. He will continue to lead Awingu, but will also become Corel’s Senior Vice President of Technology Sales. His duties will therefore increase significantly, but he insists that he will have some time left for his function as director of Awingu: ‘We form a team of 35 people and today I am the contact for everything related to human resources. , legal or finance. There will be more synergies with Corel at this level, which will give me more freedom. ‘

Awingu was founded in 2011 by Kristof De Spiegeleer. Its main shareholders today are Michel Akkermans, Christian Dumoulin, Philippe Vlerick and the Dutch Jan Berghege. In 2014, Walter Van Uytven was hired as CEO. At the time he was in charge of the cloud at Proximus and, in this role, he was also the driving force for Proximus to invest in Awingu. Shortly thereafter, he emigrated to the latter to direct it. Proximus withdrew from it in 2018.

Today, Awingu is a mature product. “We are now at version 5.2, but we had already demonstrated before the coronavirus crisis that we have a large customer base between medium and large companies. Today we are present and active in more than twenty countries, mainly in the EMEA (Europe , Middle East and Africa), and we have a number of strong references globally. Corel’s acquisition confirms that. It’s great that a Belgian company can be proud of it. “

Canadian company Corel is taking over all of Awingu’s shares and will pay an (undisclosed) amount in cash for this purpose. Corel is the company on the initiative of graphics products such as CorelDRAW, PaintShop Pro, Avid video processing and many other software packages such as WinZIP, Mindmanager or WordPerfect, but it has also developed Parallels, which allows Windows to run on Mac. With Parallels RAS, also focuses on application virtualization. It’s very complementary to what Awingu does: “Corel doesn’t just buy technology,” CEO Walter Van Uytven told Data News. “Indeed, the entire team will also be taken over and our branch in Ghent will be expanded.” In recent years Awingu has seen a good growth and has also been able to seek customers (in particular Port of Antwerp, Aviapartner, Federal Police and Peloton) from the competition. The huge wave of telecommuting that followed the crown made the Ghent virtualization company a party, which greatly increased interest in it. But it is Corel that is the ideal complement, as this company is itself part of the large investment fund Kohlberg Kravis Roers & Co (KKR) through the Parallels pillar. This offers us not a few synergistic possibilities in terms of marketing and communication, but also at the level of the product itself. Parallels is already a leader in virtualization and application access. Awingu will extend it to cloud environments, to be able to work from any device. Parallels in combination with Awingu, which should scare Citrix or VMware. There is nothing this duo has that we can’t do now. “ICT Personality of the Year title. A global role for Van UytvenVan Uytven will now take on a dual role. He will continue to lead Awingu, but will also become Senior Vice President Technology Sales Corel’s duties will therefore increase significantly, but he insists that he will have some time left for his role as director of Awingu: ‘We form a team of 35 and today I’m the contact for everything related to human resources, legal or finance. At this level, there will be more synergies with Corel, which will give me more freedom. ‘Awingu was founded in 2011 by Kristof De Spiegeleer. Its main shareholders today are Michel Akkermans, Christian Dumoulin, Philippe Vlerick and Dutchman Jan Berghege. In 2014, Walter Van Uytven was hired as CEO. At the time he was head of cloud at Proximus and, in this role, he was also the driving force for Proximus to invest in Awingu. Little d fter, he emigrated to the latter to direct it. Proximus withdrew from it in 2018. Today Awingu is a mature product. “We are now at version 5.2, but we had already demonstrated before the coronavirus crisis that we have a large customer base between medium and large companies. Today we are present and active in more than twenty countries, mainly in the EMEA (Europe , Middle East and Africa), and we have a number of strong references globally. Corel’s acquisition confirms that. It’s great that a Belgian company can be proud of it. ”

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