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KCS strengthens its product information and data solutions with the acquisition of Rain Data

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), the global provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business management software provider for distribution, servicing and rental businesses has completed the acquisition of Rain Data. This acquisition marks a significant step forward in KCS’s commitment to delivering enhanced product information and data solutions.

Rain Data provides innovative product information management (PIM) and data solutions to automotive aftermarket companies of all sizes, from independent garages, globally recognised OEM to leading aftermarket brands. The solutions enable businesses across the automotive supply chain to achieve greater operational efficiency through efficient sourcing of the right components significantly enhancing the client experience.

The acquisition of Rain Data further complements KCS’ comprehensive set of cloud based solutions for the auto parts, auto servicing, tire and vertical distribution sectors globally which include parts catalogues, point of sale, payments, bookings, inventory management, purchasing, reporting, data and ecommerce.

“Since our founding, we have had one clear vision: to bring world-class data solutions to replacement parts suppliers of all sizes. Today, we are excited to be joining our long-time partner, KCS, to bring our capabilities to a wider global audience.”

Syd Coxon, Managing Director and Founder of Rain Data

“We are excited to welcome Rain Data to KCS. This acquisition represents a significant milestone in our journey to empower businesses to achieve significant improvements with enhanced product information and data solutions. This acquisition underlines KCS’ commitment to innovation, best in class industry specific functionality and providing market leading solutions for the automotive aftermarket globally.”

Ian Bendelow, CEO of KCS

About Rain Data

Rain Data is a trusted partner for businesses seeking to leverage data for competitive advantage. Rain Data products include a world leading product information management (PIM) solution for spare and accessory automotive parts as well as generalised product catalogue data extract, transform and load capabilities.

About KCS

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is a market-leading vertically focused cloud ERP and business management software provider with over 34,000 customers worldwide. KCS’s industry specific cloud software suites support complex, vertical specific workflows, and provide mission critical solutions that enable its clients to source effectively, stock efficiently, sell profitably and service competitively. KCS has offices in the UK, Europe, USA, across Africa, the Nordic countries and Australia. KCS serves customers in 76 countries and has 1,300 staff worldwide.

Kerridge Commercial Systems appoints Dean Petrone as CEO in North America

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Petrone as its new Chief Executive Officer for North America. With over 30 years of experience within the software industry, Dean will take full responsibility for operations in the United States and Canada and will lead the business as it continues to grow and strengthen its presence in this key market.

Dean’s leadership qualities are clearly evident in his long track record of success, from his years of hands-on floor manufacturing experience to his development of leading ERP solutions and services. Reporting to Ian Bendelow, the KCS Group’s Global CEO, Dean aims to use his knowledge and experience in manufacturing software to help KCS achieve its ambitions on the continent.

I am deeply honoured to join KCS and direct the company’s growth strategies and acquisition plans in North America,’ Dean says as he outlines his new role. ‘It’s a position that excites me greatly, and I’m eager to collaborate with the team, leveraging my strategic insights and unwavering commitment to deliver excellence across our North American operation.

After studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, Dean initially explored chip design before specialising in Advanced Gauging and Process Control in his first engineering role. Dean then demonstrated his entrepreneurial acumen by spearheading the development and growth of two thriving boutique service organisations. Both enterprises culminated in successful outcomes before Dean transitioned into pivotal leadership roles at GE, EY, and Infor, where he’s since developed a deep understanding of organisational dynamics.

Reflecting on my career as a whole,’ Dean adds, ‘I take great pride in mentoring numerous professionals and fostering relationships that continue to thrive. Outside of work, I’m passionate about skiing, golf, diving, and fishing, and I embody a philosophy that fun and professionalism are not mutually exclusive but are complementary in driving success.

North America is one of the pivotal markets for KCS as our company looks to grow,’ says Ian Bendelow, KCS Group CEO, explaining his vision behind the appointment. ‘Dean has demonstrated remarkable expertise and leadership throughout his career, and I’m sure his commitment to excellence will propel KCS to even greater success in North America. Moreover, his influential leadership will be pivotal in shaping KCS’s trajectory for organic growth and future acquisitions in the region, further solidifying the company’s position as the leading solutions provider in our marketplace.

Kerridge Commercial Systems to acquire Omni Accounts Software

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), the global provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and business management software for distribution, servicing and rental businesses, has reached an agreement to acquire Omni Accounts Software.

The acquisition of Kwa-Zulu Natal based Omni Accounts Software is a further strategic investment for KCS in South Africa and part of its ongoing plans to provide market leading vertical specific cloud software suites across ERP and business management solutions.

Following this transaction, the KCS group will serve over 21,000 customers and 100,000 users across the African continent.

Andy Kudla, Managing Director of Omni Accounts Software said, “Since our inception in 1983, we have steadily built a significant presence in the Southern Africa. We have developed a reputation for delivering best in class software that allows clients to improve operational efficiency via one central software solution. Joining forces with KCS now enables us to grow our footprint even further, as well as to expand our offering with access to more expertise and cloud software solutions for our customers to really help them drive their businesses forward. We are all very excited to join forces with KCS and look forward to our future growth within the group.”

Ian Bendelow (Group CEO at KCS) said, “This is a key strategic acquisition for KCS, it strengthens our presence on the African continent, expands our capability and provides a further platform for growth across Africa. The Omni Accounts Software team have built a great business; they are renowned for delivering excellent software and services to customers and understand the market intimately. Now, as a part of KCS, Omni Accounts will be able to offer even greater benefits to customers via leveraging KCS extensive portfolio of vertical specific cloud software solutions and layered applications to support their clients. I’m excited to see the opportunities accelerate as we offer customers, present and future, the innovation that they need in a changing world.”

Omni Accounts Software is a long-established software provider with particular strengths servicing the retail, distribution, mining and accounting sectors throughout Southern Africa. Omni Accounts Software provides mission critical ERP solutions to customers, both directly and via business partner channels.

KCS is a market-leading and award-winning vertically focused cloud ERP and business management software provider with over 34,000 customers worldwide, focusing on the automotive, distributive, wholesaling and equipment hire markets. KCS’s industry specific cloud software suites support complex, vertical specific workflows, and provide mission critical solutions that enable its clients to source effectively, stock efficiently, sell profitably and service competitively. KCS has offices in the UK, Europe, USA, across Africa, the Nordic countries and Australia. KCS serves customers in 76 countries and has 1,200 staff worldwide.

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