Vamosa Acquired by T-Systems

October 27, 2010

Update: The goose is easily confused. T-Systems, not T-Mobile, purchased Vamosa. I think that Deutsche Telekom owns both of these companies. I see a similarity between the T-Systems’ Web site and the T-Mobile Web sites. The clue is the weird color and the dotted lines. I also heard from an ever-so-polite person who enjoined me in several emails to point out that T-Mobile(owned by Deutsche Telekom) did not acquire Vamosa. T-Systems (owned by Deutsche Telekom) did not buy Vamosa. Interesting because this sort of input attracts my attention; it does not diminish it. My question, “Why such a consoluted structure made more confusing with logos, color, and branding? ” Worth poking around perhaps?

And here’s an alleged official explanation from a person representing himself as affiliated with Kelso PR:

The problem is that in the UK, T-Systems and T-Mobile are different companies, owned by the same overall company, Deutsche Telekom.  T-Mobile is a partnership between France Telecom & Deutsche Telekomm [sic], whereas T-Systems is wholly owned by Deutsche Telekom. Indeed, in the UK T-Mobile isn’t called T-Mobile anymore, and is now called “everything everywhere”.  We are fine with you describing the purchaser as Deutsche Telekom (the overall owner), or as T-Systems (the actual buyer of Vamosa), but we would prefer if you don’t refer to the purchaser of Vamosa as “T-mobile”, which is a different company altogether. The Vamosa website has the “T-systems” branding running across the top of it. It’s just a simple issue of accuracy of the information.  If you have a look here: it should be clear how this is being reported in the UK.  As I say, thanks so much for responding to this.

A number of questions are swirling through my mind. Got that?

Short honk: T-Mobile (TSystems) has acquired Vamosa. I think of T-Mobile as a third string player in the US mobile market and a reliable wireless provider in the parts of Europe I visit. I was near the arctic circle a couple of years ago and I got a T-Mobile signal. T-Mobile’s purchase of Vamosa interested me. Vamosa embraced the notion of content governance, but I think of the company has having software that transform content. In addition to connectors, the company’s strength was moving a big chunk of content from one system into a form that another system could use. Instead of a human slogging through sample documents, Vamosa offered software to analyze, normalize, and migrate content. A person at sent me a news release that said:

The acquisition supports T-Systems’ strategic focus fuelling growth by enabling collaboration and mobility. “Executives are looking for innovative technologies that help them reduce the complexity of managing multiple e-channels, which they rely on to drive knowledge sharing and customer transactions. An increasing number of critical business processes depend on the implementation of a secure and consistent governance structure that ensures employees, partners and customers have access to reliable content at all times and across all screens,” said Peter Row, Vice President of T-Systems UK Systems Integration who led the acquisition. “By expanding our portfolio to target this business issue we will be offering a unique end to end solution for customers in the marketplace.” The market-leading suite of products previously developed by Vamosa Limited, automatically tags digital content, cleans legacy data and seamlessly migrates content into content management systems.  On an ongoing basis the software technology ensures corporate standards are adhered to and auto-fixes any breaches it uncovers.

I had heard that T-Mobile was thrashing around in search, content processing, and information services. Maybe this acquisition adds some credence to those rumors. I am not sure about the Vamosa connectors. As you know, I am watching the i2 Ltd / Palantir legal matter which seems to be about reverse engineering connectors in order to hook into proprietary file stores. Connectors and data transformation are emerging as interesting functions which warrant observation.

Stephen E Arnold, October 27, 2010



3 Responses to “Vamosa Acquired by T-Systems”

  1. Ijonas Kisselbach on October 27th, 2010 12:07 pm

    Thanks for the post. Just a small point. Vamosa wasn’t acquired by T-Mobile, but T-Systems. Both are subsidiaries of Deutsche Telekom, with the former being a mobile telephony company and the latter a systems integrator.

    What’s the legal issue around connectors?

  2. Martin Baumgartel on October 27th, 2010 12:21 pm

    Well, apart from internal relations between T-Mobile and T-Systems, I don’t think they have that much in common (ok, both are subsidiaries of Deutsche Telekom).
    T-Systems was definitely “thrashing around in search” back when they had their own search product. Not sure how much they are involved now… Hunch: probably search is “just build in” in some content management solutions.

  3. Dan Mount on August 16th, 2011 5:57 pm

    Since at&t bought out T-mobile, they needed someway to outsource all their jobs for monetary reasons. At&t are a bunch of crooks taking over the whole show. I have t-mobile and I had never spoken to anyone outside the us in the billing dept. They made a mistake in my bill (1st time!) They were in the Phillipines, believe it or not! Damn it…we need jobs in this country, not there. The usa is going down the tubes. Donald Trump is right. We’ve given everything away! We need manufacturing jobs and telecom as well. Germany makes most everything nationally, why can’t we? We don’t need that frigging junk from China. Let’s be American and make our stuff here!

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