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US and UK-based migration and tools company Transoft, which has operated in the States since the middle 1980s, was acquired this month by a UK corporation seeking a stronger foothold in the US migration and tool marketplace. Transoft marketing rep Jackie Anglin said the sale of the company to Computer Software Group (CS Group) will have no impact on the Transoft US engagements and operations, which include several notable HP 3000 transitions to Unix and Windows systems. Its customers include The Gap, Boeing, Tetra Pak, NAPA Auto Parts and L’Oreal, where Mexican operations were moved to Windows NT servers off of an HP 3000.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The 30-year-old CS Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (CSW). Its client list includes Blick UK, CBI, Cembre, Chelsea Football Club, Chesterfield Borough Council, Connaught, Electrolux UK, Morphy Richards, RNLI, Rocom and Thomas Plant.

In a press release, Transoft's CEO Paul Holland said that "by joining CS Group, our existing and future clients will benefit from the extended and integrated business solutions portfolio including CRM, distribution, finance, ebusiness, manufacturing, mobile data, field service and hire. We too are excited about the stronger Managed Service focus that is now deliverable worldwide.”

Transoft Group Ltd., founded in 1986, has become a software and services business with its head office in Slough, UK, and US offices in Atlanta and Dayton. Transoft products are sold worldwide through its reseller and distribution channel in addition to its directly sold service-based solutions. This year the company began selling its migration software tools directly to HP 3000 sites after serveral years of development and field use in migration engagements.

Vin Murria, CEO of Computer Group plc, said in his company's acquisition press release that "With the acquisition of Transoft, we are well positioned to address the concerns of legacy application integration and modernisation, and to help our customers and prospects to drive down costs and increase productivity — providing a faster and greater return on investment.”

CS Group also lists itself as the leading software house for the IBM iSeries, a business platform with much in common with the HP 3000's integrated design. These iSeries solutions are said to be installed on one-quarter of the UK's iSeries installed base.