SAP to Acquire NZ 3-D Software Firm Right Hemisphere

9th Sept 2011. Enterprise software firm SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) has announced it will acquire Right Hemisphere, a leading provider of visual enterprise solutions based in San Ramon, California, and Auckland, New Zealand. The purchase price has not been disclosed.

Founded in 1997 by kiwi Mark Thomas, Right Hemisphere is a privately held corporation based in Silicon Valley and Auckland, New Zealand. Its head office was relocated from New Zealand to the US in 2004. The company has received over $50m funding from Sequoia Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures, SAP Ventures, NVIDIA and New Zealand investors No.8 Ventures and Venture Investor Fund.

New Zealand speculation includes that the sale may have been prompted, if not forced, by Right Hemisphere’s need to repay a high profile US$8m interest-free government loan, offered in 2006 as an incentive for Right Hemisphere to keep its 45-strong development team in Auckland. This loan was due to be paid back this month, and will be paid via the acquisition. It is anticipated the development team will be retained by SAP.

According to SAP, the 3D model-based visualisation and communications technologies from Right Hemisphere will enhance SAP software and enable visual navigation and interrogation of an entire product or asset and all its associated data in one unified environment.

The addition of visualisation capabilities to the core product offerings from SAP is expected to help customers across diverse industries accelerate time to market, increase people and asset productivity and improve information quality and processes across all lines of businesses.

SAP and Right Hemisphere already share numerous joint customers that are already seeing benefits of the combination of enterprise software and 3D visualisation.

“We are very excited to be part of SAP,” said Michael Lynch, CEO, Right Hemisphere. “The combination of SAP’s vast set of business information and Right Hemisphere’s visualization capabilities will change the way businesses of any size create, manage and deliver products and services across their enterprise and their supply chain.”

“Right Hemisphere technology empowers customers to visualize business processes from design to manufacturing through sales, operations and service, helping people to easily cooperate and communicate using the most powerful human sense — vision,” said Peter Maier, general manager and head of Line of Business Solutions, SAP AG. “By bringing 3D to the enterprise and enriching it with business data, we’re setting a new standard in helping companies achieve more efficiency, accuracy and flexibility across the value chain.”

SAP said customers will get tangible benefits from the acquisition of Right Hemisphere that will help them unify, synchronise and deliver visual product and business information to improve global product development, launch and support processes, by enhancing SAP Business Suite software to deliver animated views of information, speeding up decision-making; enhance productivity by providing intuitive visual access to a variety of information; and communicate changes to design and process immediately across an extended team through visualisation.

SAP also intends to integrate the enterprise visualisation technology assets from Right Hemisphere into its mobile technologies, allowing business users to access timely visual images of products on a variety of mobile devices.

About Right Hemisphere

The company’s management team includes seasoned executives that combine extensive experience in the mechanical CAD, digital content creation and enterprise software sectors.

Right Hemisphere sets the standard for Visual Enterprise solutions. The company’s software and solutions help Global 1,000 manufacturers optimize their mission critical business processes such as engineering, manufacturing, service and support, training and sales and marketing. The software does this by unifying visual product information with relevant business data readily available in corporate CAD, PLM, and ERP systems. It then automatically delivers this intelligent product information into commonly used business documents, file formats and even directly into business applications for secure downstream use anytime, anywhere.

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