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KE Software becomes a part of the Swedish Axiell Group

Press Release   •   Apr 03, 2014 12:59 UTC

- This acquisition creates fresh opportunities in Australia, the Middle East and North America.

Axiell Group AB – the Swedish developer and supplier of systems and services for libraries, museums, archives and schools – has acquired the Australian company KE Software, making Axiell the leading IT supplier of software and services within museums and archives sector. This acquisition is set to create fresh opportunities in Australia, the Middle East and North America.

Given KE Software's position in the international arena, including the three largest museums in the world on their client roster, we couldn’t have wished for a better partner. We have an exciting journey ahead of us, including further development of the portfolio of systems, services and concepts – not least for museums and archives,” says Axiell Group CEO Joel Sommerfeldt.

KE Software is a dominant software services company with customers all over the world – including museums, galleries, archives and registries of births, deaths and marriages. KE’s museum system, EMu, manages the collections of some of the largest museums in the world, and is the undisputed number one in supplying software for natural history collections. Clients include such premier institutions as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the American Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum, London.  Their vital records management system – Vitalware – is in operation in more jurisdictions than any other software system, managing over 100 million vital records. The company has some 50 employees, with offices in Canada, the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand. 

I am delighted for the opportunity to work with a great company like Axiell. They combine strong management with excellent focus and a wonderful company culture. Our museum management system will fit perfectly with Axiell’s museum product suite. This partnership will also cement KE’s position as the world leader in vital statistics, ” says KE Software CEO John Doolan. 

Merging with Calm Systems in the UK, Adlib Information Systems in the Netherlands and Selago Design in North America has already opened new markets.

"I am thrilled to welcome KE into the Axiell Group overall, and to the ALM division in particular. 
Their expertise adds to our talented team of professionals, unrivalled in the field, and their software is a perfect addition to our product offerings
,” says Acting Director of Axiell’s ALM division Andrea Boyes.

Axiell serves libraries, schools, archives and museums with technically advanced and innovative solutions developed in close cooperation with its customers. More than 1000 library organisations with thousands of branches in the Nordic countries and in the UK use an Axiell library management system and Axiell Arena, a tool for the virtual library.

The systems for archives and museums, are used by over 2000 archives and museums in Europe. More than 3000 schools use an Axiell system.

Axiell is exclusive partner to Bibliotheca, the largest company dedicated to the development, deployment and support of library technology solutions in the world.

The Axiell Group, with its Headquarter based in Lund has more than 260 employees, has subsidiaries in Sweden, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the UK and in the USA. Together, we form the world’s fifth largest company in this sector.

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