LANDesk Bought by Private Equity Firm

IT Management vendor LANDesk has sold by Emerson to a private equity firm.

Brief History

  • Founded 1985
  • Acquired by Intel to form Intel LANDesk from 1991 to 2002
  • 2002 – 2006 Standalone Company
  • 2006 – Acquired by Avocent (Datacenter tools, KVM etc)
  • 2008 – Avocent Acquired Touchpaper (ITSM)
  • 2008 – Acquired by Emerson (Energy, Manufacturing, Technology)
  • 2010 – Bought by Thoma Bravo

The Thoma Bravo software portfolio also includes Flexera Software. A mashup of LANDesk (which includes Touchpaper) and Flexera (which includes Managesoft) would make quite a powerhouse.

The word on the street in the UK channel is that it’s very much business as usual and no significant structural changes are planned. Keep calm and carry on.

I see this being a good move for LANDesk. Emerson is an über-conglomerate with fingers in all sorts of pies. The LANDesk division, despite being a key player in the IT Management space, was probably just background noise within the Emerson portfolio.

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2 Comments

  1. So what do you think Thoma Broavo’s exit strategy will be?

  2. Good question. I have no idea 🙂

    To sell their stake in 2015 for more than they paid for it?

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