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Silverback Enterprise Group Announces Acquisition of EPM Live

Silverback Enterprise Group, which acquires and builds industry-leading software businesses, today announced the acquisition of EPM Live, the leading provider of cloud-based project portfolio and work management software built on the Microsoft® SharePoint platform. EPM Live will become part of Silverback’s PowerSteering Software business.

Adding EPM Live’s more than 270 active enterprise clients and over 100,000 users strengthens PowerSteering’s position as the leading vendor of cloud project and portfolio management (PPM) software. The combined organization will have over 800 active enterprise clients and more than a quarter of a million users in 50 countries worldwide, making it the largest pure-play cloud provider in the multi-billion dollar PPM software industry.

“The PPM market is growing faster than the enterprise software industry as a whole, and cloud is the fastest growing segment of that market,” said Jack McDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silverback Enterprise Group and PowerSteering Software. “The acquisition of EPM Live increases the scale and resources of the PowerSteering business so we can capitalize on this tremendous growth opportunity. At the same time, it gives our clients access to a broader range of PPM products.”

“EPM Live is a strong complementary fit with PowerSteering’s existing products,” said Ludwig Melik, President of PowerSteering Software. “With the increasing popularity and adoption of SharePoint as an internal collaboration tool, more and more organizations are looking to leverage that investment and extend it to PPM on the SharePoint platform. EPM Live is the clear leader in meeting this growing need, and will continue to be so as part of PowerSteering.”

PowerSteering will continue to invest in the development and support of the EPM Live product lines, and all existing Service Level Agreements and support arrangements will remain unchanged.

The EPM Live staff and CEO Joe Larscheid will join the PowerSteering team, and Mr. Larscheid will continue to oversee the EPM Live product line. “It was important to us to team up with a company that shared our focus as a ‘best of breed’ cloud PPM provider, our vision to advance work management in the market, and most critically, our commitment to investing in EPM Live’s products and customers,” said Mr. Larscheid. “Joining PowerSteering Software is a winning outcome for our clients and employees alike.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. EPM Live is Silverback’s fourth acquisition in the past 15 months. Silverback acquired Visionael in September 2011 and Tenrox and PowerSteering Software in February 2012.

Project and portfolio management (PPM) software, which helps organizations improve business performance and accelerate results, is a multi-billion dollar global market, and the cloud-based segment of PPM is forecast to grow at a 40% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the next five years. By using PPM software, managers are able to gain enhanced visibility into a corporation’s global portfolio of all corporate initiatives and projects, align the portfolio with the organization’s strategic objectives, maximize benefits across the portfolio, balance supply (human resources, time or money) with demand (investments, programs, projects and unplanned work), increase the productivity of the project workforce and proactively address project emergencies and changes to the existing and planned project pipeline triggered by shifts in business direction.

About Silverback Enterprise Group
Silverback Enterprise Group acquires and builds industry-leading software companies that provide mission-critical software products to enterprise customers. Silverback works with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams to ensure the singular focus at every Silverback company is long-term customer success. Founded in 2010 by successful technology entrepreneurs and business operators, Silverback’s leadership team has a proven acquisition track record, having completed 23 successful enterprise technology acquisitions in the past 10 years. Silverback is backed by Austin Ventures, a $3.9 billion venture capital and growth equity firm, and is actively pursuing acquisition opportunities. Visit for more information.

About PowerSteering Software
PowerSteering Software is the leading cloud provider of business project & portfolio management (PPM) software, helping organizations drive results by enabling real-time visibility, strategic alignment, optimized asset allocation, workforce productivity, and agility in response to change across their global portfolio of projects, programs, and resources. More than 550 clients with over 150,000 active users in 50 countries rely on PowerSteering to accelerate business performance in IT Management, New Product Development, Professional Services Automation and critical Business PMO initiatives. Visit for more information.

About EPM Live
EPM Live is the leading work management platform that revolutionizes the way organizations manage projects and work. Based on Microsoft SharePoint, EPM Live is the first platform that extends Project Portfolio Management (PPM) to all areas of the business regardless of work focus. Small to large organizations can apply cost saving disciplines such as delivering projects successfully, optimizing resource utilization, and selecting the right work to all business teams including new product development, IT, services, operations, sales and project management. Visit for more information.

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