Lars Munch-Johansen, founder and former CEO of recently imploded application development company IT Factory Inc., has resurfaced to head up a consortium of independent IT business partner companies known as Geopaq.
The new consortium of companies that specialize in Lotus Notes/Domino and Microsoft .Net-based application development and services, includes many of the companies that once made up IT Factory. Its intended to give customers an alternative to large system integrators, according to Johansen.
More than 13 companies worldwide have signed on to Geopaq as charter members, with Johansen as chairman of the network.
"We are looking to create an organization that represents for large customers a more affordable and effective alternative to the large global systems integrators," said Johansen, in a statement. "The only barrier to this market space has been the ability to deliver a global solution. By coordinating and leveraging the resources and expertise of the member partners across the globe, Geopaq resolves this issue."
Johansen said he expects the group to grow to 40 members by the end of the year.
What remained of IT Factory after it devolved in December, IT Factory A/S of Copenhagen, is one of the charter members. And most of the other charter members are spinoffs of the devolved IT Factory including ITF Solutions b.v. of Holland; ITF Systems Asia Pacific of Australia; ITF Systems, in London; and Notes House of Copenhagen (which bought IT Factorys Copenhagen-based professional services arm).
Other members include Proposion of Boston; Documentaal Products of Holland; Valhalla Global Channel Sales of Boston and London; Incentric Solutions LLC in Raleigh, N.C.; and ProjectNet of Norway.