AskMe Corporation announced today it has been acquired by REALCOM Inc., a leading provider of content and knowledge management services and solutions. Based in Japan, REALCOM is listed and publicly traded on the Tokyo Mothers stock exchange. Under the terms of the agreement AskMe will remain based in Seattle, WA as a subsidiary of REALCOM Inc.
Regarded in the U.S. as a leader in the enterprise knowledge (KM) management category, AskMe’s award-winning technology -- AskMe Enterprise -- has been deployed by a robust list of blue chip companies that include Procter & Gamble, Novartis, Timken, Pratt & Whitney, Gerber, PTC, and others. REALCOM is a proven market leader in Japan, with KM implementations at many leading Japanese companies, including NEC, Sony, Honda, NTT Software, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Tokio Marine & Nichido and others.
According to REALCOM’s founder and chief executive officer Tadashi Tanimoto, “AskMe and REALCOM have had a common heritage. Bringing our companies together is a great opportunity to advance our vision to form a global market leader in Knowledge Management and Enterprise 2.0 technologies.”
Udai Shekawat, founder and CEO of AskMe supported Mr. Tanimoto’s thoughts saying, “Today marks an exciting milestone in the history of AskMe. We have found a natural partner with REALCOM and expect to further our mission to be the pioneer in people centric knowledge management. Our team is looking forward to working with REALCOM to expand both companies' global scale and market leadership.”
The combination of REALCOM and AskMe creates the world’s largest company to deliver enterprise knowledge management and enterprise web 2.0 technologies to the market. The acquisition brings together the industry’s most proven and ubiquitous technologies for creating, managing and sharing human capital. Together, the two companies now offer a comprehensive suite of products for the enterprise that allows organizations to innovate in the areas of expertise location, communities of practice, content management and best practice replication.
Both companies have begun executing integrating operations, technologies and development teams to ensure a smooth transition and immediate value for customers, partners and investors. AskMe will soon integrate their product roadmap along with increased product investments to build upon the success of the AskMe Enterprise “Azo” release to innovate further in the Enterprise 2.0 marketplace. Udai Shekawat will assume the role of chief operating officer of REALCOM’s US operation and Anil Kumar remains as Vice President of Field Operations. For additional information visit AskMe’s website or contact the company’s headquarters at 425-564-9000.
About AskMe Corporation
AskMe Corporation is the world's leading provider of Expertise Management software solutions for Global 2000 companies. The company's flagship product, AskMe Enterprise, connects employees with problems to employees with solutions. By using AskMe Enterprise, large companies are dramatically improving the quality and speed of execution throughout their organization. AskMe's solutions been deployed by a robust list of blue chip companies that includes, Procter & Gamble, Novartis, Timken, Gerber and CNA Insurance, among others. AskMe is privately held with headquarters in Bellevue, Washington.
About REALCOM Inc.
REALCOM Inc. is a Japan-based company in enterprise knowledge management segment. The company operates across five business segments, with a focus on developing and selling knowledge management software, offering customized development and system integration, providing strategy planning and consulting services, as well as fixing support outsourcing services. REALCOM also has an Operation and Maintenance segment which is involved in answering customer inquiries referring to the maintenance and usage of the company’s products, as well as the handling of troubles. The other segment is involved in the sale of hardware and software, the provision of advertising and information distribution services, as well as incubation business, among others. Headquartered in Tokyo, REALCOM has one subsidiary. On March 19, 2008, the Company has established a wholly owned subsidiary in the United States.