Evaluating the WAM!PLAN
How did the merging of 4-Sight go? Everybody happy?
"All has gone well," Driscoll reports. "Thanks to 4-Sight's power in the UK, we are now operating a subsidiary that is fully functional, which has accelerated our business plan by a year or more.
"Some of the most striking attributes of 4-Sight, quite frankly, were not so much the products they sold, but more the people they had—like world-class entrepreneurs Dave Townend (now director of WAM!NET UK) and Lyndon Stickley (formerly president of 4-Sight, now European marketing director for WAM!NET)."
Did you encounter any cultural difficulties in the merging of a U.S. team with a British-born corporation—any glitches along the way?
Driscoll laughs at this one. "Well, people in the UK like to write everything down and plan, plan, plan. They are very paper-intensive; whereas in the United States, we're more flexible. It's a different approach," he explains. "So, what happened at first was this meshing of approaches with them asking us, 'How can you get anything done when you don't plan anything?' and us asking them, 'How can you get anything done when you're always planning?' "
What's in store for WAM!NET for the near future? Any more acquisitions on the horizon?
"You know I can't tell you that," Driscoll drones. "All I can say is that we are still growing, especially in Europe. We're still moving and we welcome any and all competition. A whole bunch of announcements at IPEX and Graph Expo will demonstrate our acceleration."
It will be very interesting to keep an eye on WAM!NET's evolution, from a moderately known, managed network to a global file transfer provider, now moving into asset archiving and Internet facilitation. If the company's employee summer bash went well, expect WAM!NET to add event coordination to its ever-expanding portfolio.