Astound Commerce Acquires Site9 - Maker of ProtoShare Web and Mobile Prototyping Software
Apr 6, 2016
Acquisition Adds User Experience Services to Company's Expanding Consulting Services Portfolio
Apr 06, 2016, 06:56 ET from Astound Commerce
SAN FRANCISCO, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Astound Commerce , one of the world's largest cross-platform eCommerce providers, with more than 600 professionals globally, today announced it has completed its acquisition of Site9, Inc., the maker of ProtoShare , the popular web-based prototyping platform used by thousands of web, mobile app and mobile site developers. Based in Portland, Oregon, Site9 was founded by President and CEO, Andrew Mottaz, who will join Astound Commerce as Senior Director of Interactive Design and User Experience. Mottaz will lead Astound Commerce's User Experience (UX) Consulting practice, which focuses on designing and implementing eCommerce-specific UX strategies, including wireframing and prototyping, user testing, UX audits, user interviews, personas and other user-focused techniques. "This acquisition represents another step toward becoming a full-service partner for our commerce clients," said Igor Gorin, Founder and CEO of Astound Commerce, Inc. "We see great demand for UX services, so it makes perfect sense to acquire the framework and team to deliver these services to our customers. For many years, we have used ProtoShare to help our clients visualize their web and mobile designs so they could make decisions before costly development work begins. They've loved the end results, so this is a natural. "
Mottaz added that, "Astound's user experience practice comes from an e-commerce-driven perspective. We help our clients improve conversion rates and retention, and ProtoShare plays a critical. Our UX experience will allow us to add that value to Astound Commerce's client base, and help them to better meet their customers' needs. "
"Our mission is to help businesses and people thrive," said Gorin. "This acquisition positions us to deliver the essential UX services eCommerce companies need to succeed in today's marketplace. This is especially the case on mobile, where we have seen a significant increase in mobile app development projects, with an emphasis on both user experience and user conversion. Astound Commerce can help our clients address these needs, to not only deliver exceptional customer experiences, but to impact their bottom line as a result. "
About Astound Commerce
Astound Commerce is an award-winning global digital commerce provider. We combine strategy, technology and interactive marketing services for many of the world's favorite brands and retailers. With a broad set of technology, digital and e-business solutions, we can power every aspect of your online business, and integrate across all marketing channels. We work with the world's leading technology providers to make sure your brand reaches its full potential in the digital space. We deliver enterprise-class digital commerce solutions on the industry leading platforms: Demandware, IBM WebSphere Commerce, SAP Hybris, Magento®, MarketLive Kibo® and NetSuite. We use these cutting-edge platforms to create flexible, customized solutions that are robust, capable, and ready to handle even the highest traffic volumes. Learn more at www.astoundcommerce.com . To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/astound-commerce-acquires-site9---maker-of-protoshare-web-and-mobile-prototyping-software-300246982.html
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