Boomi outgrows its home

Boomi was a pioneer cloud-computing company, 30 engineers and salespeople in a hillside office north of Berwyn. It sold blue-chip clients like Siemens and JPMorgan its AtomSphere-brand software, uniting and updating email, HR, sales, and inventory, via remote servers, faster and cheaper than on-site systems.

Then Dell Computer bought it from founder Rick Nucci, boss Bob Moul, and investors led by New York’s FirstMark Capital in 2010.

The cloud was the future, said Dell boss Michael Dell. He told the engineers he bought Boomi to grow it, not to make it disappear. Not like those start-ups that melt after the buyer lays 10-million-dollar bills on founders’ and investors’ desks and leaves town with code, customers, and patents pending.

Dell did what he said. “We’ll have over 300 people” by this year’s end, half in Berwyn – including software research and development – the rest in offices from California to India, Chris McNabb, general manager of Dell Boomi, said last week.

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