Granicus Acquires Vision to Create End-to-End Digital Government Platform
Granicus and Vision announce mission to create end-to-end digital government platform.
Denver, Colo., El Segundo, Calif., St. Paul, Minn., Washington, D.C. -- Granicus announced that it will acquire Vision Technology Solutions LLC. With the acquisition of Vision, Granicus is accelerating its mission to power seamless digital citizen experiences by bringing the first end-to-end digital government platform to market.
The combination of Vision’s website solutions with Granicus’ cloud-based communication and legislative management solutions will enable governments to serve their citizens simply and effectively with a single integrated provider. The combined company aims to address the digital customer experience gap that exists between the private and public sector.
“Customers have come to expect a fast, seamless experience when interacting with businesses across private industry,” said Granicus CEO Mark Hynes. “Unfortunately, despite the best of intentions, most government agencies have been unable to keep up with rising citizen demands for access and transparency.”
Vision’s flagship product, visionLive™, is a subscription-based content management system (CMS) and service plan that equips organizations with the technology, support, training and insights to keep websites relevant and effective.
The Granicus product suite complements our product extraordinarily well. We plan to integrate the Granicus communications suite and meeting and agenda management suite with the Vision CMS and website solutions to provide a seamless digital citizen experience. The acquisition also means an accelerated pace of innovation with combined resources. Together we are now the largest cloud-based provider of government technology solutions in the market, with more than 400 employees and nearly 3,500 clients. No one will be better positioned to meet the market need," said Vision CEO David Nachman.
Governments are Pressured to Keep up with Digital Trends
Surveys indicate satisfaction with government services has fallen to an eight-year low. Most government organizations are critically aware of this rising dissatisfaction trend, with 73 percent of state and local government leaders indicating in a recent Deloitte survey that their digital capabilities were behind the private sector.
“Our government clients are feeling considerable pressure to embrace digital technologies to share information, bring citizens closer to the legislative process and transition traditional services online. These pressures are coming both from the communities they serve, as well as the desire to deliver more impactful services with constrained budgets,” said Hynes. “By combining Vision with Granicus we are one step closer to providing government organizations with a comprehensive platform that delivers on the promises of a digital future - satisfying the rising digital experience expectations of citizens, while providing those services more cost efficiently.”
Together, Granicus and Vision serve nearly 3,500 organizations in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
“Millions of Americans interact with government agencies every day – whether they are looking to weigh in on legislation or virtually participate in local council meetings, they are most likely starting this interaction online.” said Nachman. “By bringing Granicus and Vision together, we will help our clients better serve and engage today’s mobile and connected citizens in ways that are more impactful and more easily delivered.”
Granicus provides technology that empowers government organizations to create better lives for the people they serve. By offering the industry’s leading cloud-based solutions for communications, meeting and agenda management, and digital services to more than 3,000 public sector organizations, Granicus helps turn government missions into quantifiable realities. Granicus products connect more than 150 million people,creating a powerful network to enhance government transparency and citizen engagement. By optimizing decision-making processes, Granicus strives to help government realize better outcomes and have a greater impact for the citizens they serve.
Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., Vision is a national leader in government website design, development and hosting with more than 800 government, non-profit and education clients in U.S. and Canadian communities with populations that range from less than 1,000 residents to more than 1 million. For more than 20 years, Vision has created cost-effective solutions that increase government efficiency, build transparency and promote interactive communications with citizens.