The previous majority owner of agiles Business Software GmbH in Kiel, the Hamburg-based agiles group, transferred its shares to a new shareholder at the turn of the year. SERVICE PLUS GmbH from Neumünster will become the new shareholder. Thus the way is prepared, in order to start as interdisciplinary digitization partner. Under the new name ocean5 Business Software GmbH the Microsoft ERP Gold Partner will continue the support of its customers and will further develop its established solutions on the basis of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (formerly Dynamics NAV).
With the SERVICE PLUS GmbH, which offers extensive service-activities and IT-services, the ERP-specialist from Northern Germany will be able to expand its previous industry focus, maritime economy and (IT-)service providers, by further fields. "As new partner of ocean5 together we want to clearly extend the offer of our IT-services for our customers and potential customers in the future", describes Arne Wendt, managing director of the SERVICE PLUS. "We bring our experiences as service provider and partner of energy and waste management companies into this cooperation. Thus ocean5 receives the possibility of offering also special solutions for this target group."
The digital transformation is already in full swing and companies are in a state of transition with their IT landscape. Automation, Big Data, Mobility, Internet of Things, Blockchain or Cloud Computing are just a few of the developments that play a role here. Companies that recognize the importance of data and use it for their own purposes will remain competitive in a digital future. ocean5 Business Software GmbH will therefore offer other digital services in addition to its focus on ERP solutions. For example, topics such as business intelligence or individual software development will complement the ERP spectrum. "The implementation of a digitization strategy in medium-sized companies can also start in small steps. The goal should be to shape change instead of being driven by it. This is where we want to support medium-sized businesses in Northern Germany in the future," says Matthias Kroeger, Managing Director and co-founder of agiles Business Software GmbH. With the expansion of the existing business areas for the new ocean5 Business Software GmbH, he sees many opportunities in the strategic realignment: "With the new partner at our side, we will be able to offer a more comprehensive service portfolio in the future. This will make us an even better partner for our customers and further increase our attractiveness for new customers".
However, not much will change for existing customer relationships. Apart from the name of the company and the expanded range of services, all other components of the customer relationship will remain in place. The company's headquarters will also remain the well-known address in the Science Park next to the university in Kiel.