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Software Engineering Channel Play: Exadel Acquires Coppei

‘Coppei helps us come in early to look at customers’ requirements. We can then design and develop the solution after the Coppei team looks at the business case and what we can do to help the business,’ says Fima Katz, Exadel co-founder and CEO.

Software engineering solution provider Exadel this week unveiled the acquisition of Coppei, a move it said combines its engineering capabilities with consulting to broaden its development prowess from first customer contact until a project is finished.

Exadel is a software engineering business helping customers get the benefit of modern digital technologies to create digital businesses and moving them to the cloud with UIX (user interface XML), artificial intelligence, big data and so on, said Fima Katz, co-founder and CEO of the Walnut Creek, Calif.-based company.

Coppei is a management consultancy that talks with business customers to understand their problems and how technology can help solve those problems, Katz told CRN.

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“Together, we provide an end-to-end offering,” he said. “Coppei helps us come in early to look at customers’ requirements. We can then design and develop the solution after the Coppei team looks at the business case and what we can do to help the business.”

With the Coppei consultant team, Exadel will be having new types of conversations with customers, Katz said.

“Our target before was the CTO or development people,” he said. “Now we can extend our approach to the line-of-business owners. We will still talk to the CTO or developers, but now we can also go to the top.”

Coppei also brings strong compliance expertise that can be combined with Exadel’s core digital transformation business in the cloud, big data, AI and UIX experience, Katz said.

While Exadel has made several acquisitions in the past, Coppei is its largest to date and the first since the company was acquired in March by Sun Capital Partners, Katz said.

“Sun Capital is the money people,” he said. “We do the rest.”

Sun Capital Partners definitely has a lot more experience with acquisitions, which makes the Coppei purchase so much easier than in the past, Katz said.

“That’s their job,” he said. “And they have deeper pockets. Most of the due diligence is done by them.”

Katz said he first started learning about Coppei in May or June after an investment bank brought the company to Sun Capital and Exadel’s attention.

“Once Sun decides to do something, it goes pretty fast,” he said.

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