Kappa Data was founded as a value-added IT distributor in 1998. Our team now has over 40 colleagues, and we help more than 800 customers every year.
In 2023, our Kappa Data Group will be celebrating a whopping 25 years. We celebrated this with a weekend trip to Malta. We would like to thank our wonderful customers, partners and employees for being part of our success for a quarter century. How we germinated from a seed to an established value for many ICT partners? Discover our 3 core principles in this blogpost. We proudly look back on 25 years of company history and we have every confidence in the future, together with you! Find out more about our 25th anniversary in this press release.
In 2021, we acquired EXER, a distributor in security, mobility and networking. Based in Lille, Exer today turns a turnover of 30 million Euros, employs nearly 30 people and has Extreme Networks, Stormshield and WithSecure, among others, as strong brands in its portfolio. The business will continue under the Exer brand name and Michel Grunspan, CEO of Exer, will become a shareholder and member of the Kappa Data Group management board. Bringing the two companies together created synergies that will benefit both our resellers and our vendors. You can read more about this acquisition in the press release.
In 2020, we included IoT as a fully-fledged third pillar alongside network infrastructure and network security.
In addition to new distribution contracts with Pozyx, OneLogin and Arcserve, we’ve also launched 2 of our own new products: ProxiPass Social Distancing & Proximity Tracing and ccFLEX, a central management platform for reseller firewalls.
We also attracted the Investlink capital fund, which is taking a stake in the company with a view to further national and international growth.
By the way, our growth was already underway: Kappa Data has been nominated for the Trends Gazellen 2020 this year, an award for the fastest growing businesses in Flanders.
In 2019, Kappa Data took over the distribution activities of OzOOs, which gave us a foothold in the market in the French-speaking part of Belgium. We also expanded our product portfolio with leading suppliers such as Mist (part of Juniper Networks) and Sophos.
In 2013, we embarked on our international adventure with the opening of a new office in Rijswijk, the Netherlands. Within 4 years, the branch had grown into an important part of the Kappa Data Group.
The product portfolio was also expanded in partnership with major suppliers such as Delta, Aerohive (now Extreme Networks) and Ruckus. Kappa Data is currently also a managed services provider for resellers, through the Barracuda NextGen Firewall Control Center.
Kappa Data’s headquarters in Belgium was also completely renovated in 2015. From that moment on, we had access to a fully equipped area for giving training courses, and excellent storage facilities. We also opened an office in Poland.
After an initially strong focus on SMEs, we also started gradually gaining a foothold with larger resellers from 2008 onwards. The real step towards enterprise resellers, however, was the acquisition of the activities of Cosyco. This new approach resulted in new distribution contracts with Juniper Networks and Barracuda.
Kappa Data was founded as a value-added IT distributor in 1998, with a focus on network infrastructure and network security for SMEs. Firewalls, anti-malware and Wi-Fi were already really our thing back then.
We got off to a flying start, thanks to partnerships with leading suppliers such as Lancom Systems and Stormshield, and continuously striving for added value for our resellers