Avanquest Software’s profile has changed completely since it was established in 1984: the small French company has become an international group with a strong presence in North America, Europe and Asia. With the acquisitions in early 2007 of Nova Development in the United States, and Micro Application, the #1 French publisher in 2011, Avanquest Software has crossed an important threshold and joined the ranks of the world’s ten leading consumer software developers (excluding games).
Over the last threeyears, in the midst of a worldwide economic crisis, marked by reorganization of the entire product catalogue, sales channels and business units, the focus has been on innovation, the launch of several structuring projects using the latest technologies in the Internet area (Cloud computing, Software as a Service, Web to Print…) and the search for new sales models with special emphasis on models that generate recurring revenues.
Backed by more than 25 years of technological innovation, Avanquest Software remains committed to the future.
Key dates in corporate history
1984 – BVRP Software is founded by Bruno Vanryb and Roger Politis
1995 – Launch of PhoneTools, one of the first PC fax software programs and a worldwide bestseller.
1996 – BVRP listed on Stock Market; begins worldwide expansion
2002 – Launch of Mobile PhoneTools, a worldwide bestseller delivering mobile convergence with sales now exceeding 200 million units.
2005 – BVRP changes name and becomes Avanquest Software
2007 – Acquisition of Nova Development in the USA and Emme in Europe
2010 – The French government-backed FSI (“Strategic Investment Fund”) - which invests in a privileged way in strategic companies offering industrial projects resulting in value creation and sustainable competitive advantage for the French economy - takes 9% of the group capital.
2011 – Acquisition of Micro Application, the #1 consumer software French publisher
Avanquest Software in North America1996 – BVRP USA founded in Denver, Colorado
2002 – Acquisition of Elibrium, a Pleasanton, CA-based developer of SMB and personal productivity titles, including the best-selling MySoftware brand
2005 – Acquisition of V Communications, Inc. (VCOM), a San Jose, CA-based leading developer of utilities software for the global PC market
2007 – Acquisition of Nova Development, a Calabasas, CA-based developer of productivity and digital media software designed primarily for the consumer and small business markets
2008 – Avanquest opens a new R&D center in Montreal, Canada
2011 – Acquisition of PC Helpsoft specialized in the sale of utility software on the Internet, based in Victoria (British Columbia).
Avanquest Software in Europe
1998 – Avanquest UK founded through the acquisition of Kommunicate, a Corporate Solutions and Licensing company, supplying, implementing and supporting IT Solutions
2001 – Acquisition of ABsoft, a leading French software publisher, to bolster the creation of Avanquest France
2003 – Launch of Avanquest Deutschland through the acquisition of MediaGold, a major software republisher in Germany
2004 – Launch of Avanquest Iberica through the acquisition of Outsource
2005 – Avanquest Italia is founded
2006 – Acquisition of IMR UK and FastTrak Ltd. to strengthen Avanquest's position in the UK, Europe’s largest software market
2007 – Acquisition of Software Paradise in Great-Britain and takeover of 97.44% of the Emme group headquartered and listed in France.
2011 – Acquisition of Carteland, a French company specialized in the design and printing of announcements and cards on the internet.
Avanquest Software in Asia2003 – Avanquest China, R&D center and sales office in Shanghai founded
Since 2007 – New license agreements with leading PC manufacturers such as Lenovo and AsusTek
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