Scotland shuffles software

Tuesday 12th September 2017
Barvas at work

As Caledonian Skye moves south with £280,000 pub re-launch in Glasgow, Thales completes the acquisition of real time big data analytics Guavus perfectly suited to help Thales address growing needs of an increasingly connected global ecosystem. The company has built its recognised industrial “big data” platform focused on real-time analytics and designed and easily implemented across any number of new markets.

The spin-out from the East Kilbride software firm Gael, MindGenius is predicting  £10m revenues within five years after launching the cloud version of its successful business management tool. Currently MindGenius has some 600,000 global clients and generating some £360,00 in revenues expecting to turn a profit for the first time this year thanks to  sales of its new Barvas a cloud-based version of the existing MindGenius desktop application  helping students, teachers and professional to easily capture and visualise information, that then turns ideas into project plans and tasks.

Donald Maciver (left) is a co-founder of Gael which was sold to Nottingham-based Ideagen for £20.6m in 2015  Gael develops quality management software used extensively by the military. Ashley Marron, CEO of MindGenius (right) noted that Barvas was designed to reflect changing business needs. The desktop version is in use at a range of companies and organisations, that include Scottish Government.

 "We're recognising the seismic change that's taken place in the way our users expect to interact with technology," Marron is quoted.  "The behaviour of users has evolved and perceptions of what a great software product should be is different from what it was five years ago. We're responding to those changes with a product that is accessible 24/7 via any device with a browser.  IIt builds on the core strengths of MindGenius, with its emphasis on up-front planning and we've expanded its capability to handle the scheduling and delivery of any plan."

Marron and  Maciver worked at the Livingston Unisys electronics plant and at Gael before being recruited to head up MindGenius. Currently employing 14 people that own some 10 per cent of the business, the percentage will grow. Marketing strategy at MindGenius targets doubling sales in each of the next five years.  Its existing desktop application is currently used in around 160 countries.

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