Rimini Street Announces Acquisition of CRM and ERP Consulting Firm Sidney Blue, LLC
Acquisition and new management hire will further Rimini Street's mission to redefine enterprise software support
LAS VEGAS - January 11, 2006 - Rimini Street, Inc., an alternative maintenance and support provider for Siebel software licensees (NASDAQ: SEBL), today announced that it has completed the acquisition of CRM and ERP technology consulting firm Sidney Blue, LLC. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 2002 and based in the San Francisco area, Sidney Blue is a boutique consulting firm specializing in implementation, upgrade, and technology services for Siebel licensees with large, complex environments. Sidney Blue has earned a reputation for outstanding expertise and experience with Siebel products, providing services both directly and as subcontractor for other vendors needing deep Siebel expertise and resources. Over the years, Sidney Blue has served the needs of many Siebel licensees, including premier clients such as Toyota Financial Services, Philips Medical, Peregrine Systems, Juniper Networks, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Restoration Hardware and others.
The new acquisition furthers Rimini Street's mission to redefine enterprise software support by enabling accelerated support team growth and expanding Rimini Street's pool of highly experienced and trained Siebel specialists. As a result, Rimini Street will be able to immediately provide its support services to even more Siebel licensees than originally planned for 2006.
"Sidney Blue's success servicing premier Siebel licensees makes them a valuable and synergistic acquisition for Rimini Street," said Seth Ravin, president & CEO of Rimini Street. "We believe our clients will significantly benefit from the addition of Sidney Blue's knowledge, skills, and experience to the Rimini Street support team."
In addition to the acquisition of Sidney Blue, LLC, the company also announced today that it has appointed former Sidney Blue president & CEO Dan Slarve as vice president of IT. In his new role, Slarve will continue to focus on support for Siebel software while overseeing the architecture and operation of Rimini Street's proprietary support technology and managing Rimini Street's technology partner relationships.
"Many Siebel licensees are looking to reduce their overall software maintenance spend and procure a support program with the appropriate mix of services they need. Rimini Street's next generation third party support model includes the services clients tell me they want," said Slarve. "Rimini Street saves clients more than 50 percent compared to vendor pricing, and goes beyond replacing the vendor's vanilla code support by providing a real support solution for application customizations, system performance, and interoperability. I look forward to providing exceptional service to our clients."
Slarve has more than 10 years experience in the information technology business, providing services to numerous clients over the years. His experience with enterprise software products spans from SAP and PeopleSoft to Siebel, and others. Additionally, Slarve is a Siebel Certified Consultant. Earlier in his career, Slarve spent several years as a management consultant with Andersen Consulting (renamed Accenture). Slarve received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
About Rimini Street, Inc.
On January 5, 2006 Rimini Street announced the immediate availability of its anticipated Support for Siebel Products. Since its launch several months ago, Rimini Street has worked to build the necessary processes, tools and infrastructure to provide a next generation support program that will enable Siebel 5.x, 6.x (2000), and 7.x licensees to remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for years to come and with significant annual savings of 50 percent or more.
Rimini Street, Inc. is the only enterprise software support provider with a proven, experienced third party maintenance management team with a long track-record of delivery, and exclusively focused on the needs of Siebel software licensees. Rimini Street is headquarted in Las Vegas, with Global Support Centers in Foster City, Calif. and Durham, NC. For more information, visit www.riministreet.com or call (702) 839-9671.
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