Buy a software company in the Netherlands?


The software market in the Netherlands

The software market in the Netherlands is the third largest of Europe. The Dutch government is pushing the usage of software in many processes and industries. Buying a software company in the Netherlands is a good idea if you want to benefit from the high software usage in the country. Across many industries software acquisition opportunities exist. Like in most countries the number of small software companies (mostly independent software developers) is large. However, the number of software firms in the Netherlands with more than 100 employees is growing quickly. Consolidation is happening in the Netherlands and Dutch software companies are buying counterparts to get a stronger position. New developments in the Dutch software market are increased spending by enterprises for software applications and tools. These investments are done to improve IT efficiencies and infrastructure management through automation. Further investments we see are in virtualization software, storage and security applications. Another important development is the increased spending on software for cloud services.

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The Netherlands has a strong internet infrastructure and many data centres and cloud providers exist. The ministry of Economic Affairs helps to keep the top position of the Dutch ICT sector and works on the strengthening of the digital economy. The agenda for “Smart Industry” plans to make better usage of ICT in manufacturing processes. The gaming industry is supported as a fast-growing industry in the Netherlands. A development centre for serious gaming exist where developers, producers and distributors of serious games work together. The rapid increase of apps and serious games is an important development. 3D printing is another development that will change the situation of many industries and software will play an important role here. Buying yourself a position into this via an acquisition of a software company in the Netherlands is an option we help you with.

The type of software companies to buy in the Netherlands

The software landscape is very diverse in the Netherlands and many different type of software companies can be found. The usage of the cloud is an extreme development in the Netherlands. This is both valid for the private as well as the public cloud. Hosted solutions and the private cloud grow fast in the Netherlands. Application software products and SaaS are the fastest growing segments. Our Dutch M&A team is ready to help you find suited software companies to buy in the Netherlands. These software companies should fit the profile of your firm. Here is an overview of the type of software firms where we see opportunities to buy in the Netherlands:

  • Business productivity
  • IT security
  • Software for operating systems
  • Virtualization management
  • Software development
  • Infrastructure software
  • Application software products
  • Software integration and implementation
  • Software consultancy

Why to buy a software company in the Netherlands?

There are many reasons why to buy a software company in the Netherlands. There is a high usage of broadband internet access across the country. The usage of cloud allows software to be purchased, delivered, and updated without the need for physical media or conventional distribution channels. This enables good software to spread rapidly. There are few specific regulatory requirements for software companies in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has a strong economy and is open for new developments. Software usage is advanced across many industries. The Netherlands is one of the most advanced countries in the digitized global economy. The usage of pc, tablets and smartphones is high. Altogether, many opportunities exist to buy a software company in the Netherlands.

Overview of large software companies in the Netherlands

There are many large software companies in the Netherlands. Here an overview of some of the larger software companies in the Netherlands:

  • Exact Holding
  • Getronics
  • NIPO Software
  • Quintiq
  • Unit4

How to buy a company?

If you want to buy a software company it is important to have some knowledge about the topic. The best is to start with the buying process in general. The process of buying a company is described very well on our website. There is the technical part as well as the human side of a business purchase. A process to buy a company is always one where emotions and human beings are involved. If you want to read more about the steps when buying a company please visit the process of buying a business.

Software across industries in the Netherlands

Software gets more and more embedded in many important industries in the Netherlands. The ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands has developed the platform Smart Industry. The objective is to get software being applied across many industries in the Netherlands. Software should be embedded more into business processes in order to increase productivity. The gaming industry is a good example of where the Netherlands are particularly strong. Software development is often labour intensive, since ultimately it depends on time to program. For many different industries specific applications have been developed. Here we show some of the industries where Dutch software firms are active:

  • Gaming
  • Manufacturing
  • Banking
  • Telecommunications
  • Agriculture

Buying a software company in Europe

We have M&A advisors with a software background living across many countries in Europe. We have software M&A experts in countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Italy. Here you can read a bit more about buying a software company in Europe. You can also download our M&A in IT presentation if you want to know more about our European ICT and software team.

Buying a software company in the Netherlands

We have people with strong skills on how to acquire a software company in the Netherlands. Our people that help you to buy a software company in the Netherlands have a software background. Our understanding of the software industry in the Netherlands is unique. Please get in touch with us if you want to know more about how to buy a software company in the Netherlands.

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