(Image credit Cooper Software and Gr1 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)Cooper Software has announced the acquisition of u:benit. It is a German-based ERP consulting firm and IFS Applications specialist. Following the investment by YFM Equity Partners late last year, Cooper Software has lost no time in commencing its promised expansion. U:benit will rename and become Cooper Software GmBH. Benedikt Stallmann, who founded u:benit, was named DACH General Manager with a remit to continue expanding in the region.

Benedikt Stallmann, D-A-CH General Manager, Cooper Software GmbH
Benedikt Stallmann, D-A-CH General Manager, Cooper Software GmbH

Stallmann commented: “I am delighted to join forces with Cooper Software. Together we will be able to offer our customers even more comprehensive and competitive ERP services and solutions. I look forward to this exciting new chapter in our journey.”

Based in Ansbach, u:benit was only founded in 2019. It has already delivered projects across a range of ERP applications, including IFS, Infor CloudSuite Industrial and QAD.

Importantly, Cooper Software had already extended its channel and partnership agreement with IFS to the region. It is good news for IFS. It sees another multinational channel partner appear with the ability to sell and deliver services in DACH. Stallman has already started a recruitment drive. He is looking for ERP consultants across supply chain, manufacturing and service management, as well as a project manager and solution architect.

Jonathan Dunn, Managing Director of Cooper Software, said, “Due to our rapidly increasing customer base in the D-A-CH region, acquiring an ERP specialist on the ground will further strengthen our position in the market and meet the high demand for IFS specialists in the area.”

Enterprise Times: What does this mean

Cooper Software has elevated its status as an IFS partner, with feet on the ground in Germany and an appetite for growth there. This is a key battleground against SAP. Having a German subsidiary should strengthen its chance of clinching deals with German-headquartered companies, especially Mittelstand businesses.

Where will Copper Software turn next, will it look to acquire another ERP consultancy in another European Country or continue expanding in DACH.


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