Markinson began as a one-man business founded by Mark Robertson in 1986 that had an ongoing vision to fill a gap in the market for integrated business software solutions for wholesale distribution companies. Growing gradually throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s Markinson achieved continuous year on year growth before embarking upon their next commitment to purchase a complimentary provider of software solutions and investing in the acquisition of Thomson Data Corporation (TDC), a Victorian provider of retail software which delivered additional staff, software development and product capability, new markets, new customers and associated revenue.
Markinson’s growth story continues following a re-alignment of the company strategy to enable the achievement of organic and non-organic growth through a range of complementary acquisitions to provide customers with increased value and additional growth. To this end, Adexio Pty Ltd was purchased by Markinson in November 2009, followed by Acuere Pty Ltd and Zeron Pty Ltd in early 2010, adding complimentary solutions, skills, locations and revenue streams across Australia and New Zealand.
In 2011 came a milestone for Markinson when it was acquired by Constellation Software through its operating group company, Friedman Corporation. As a result of the purchase, Markinson became part of Constellation’s Friedman Operating group, however a recent reshuffle now sees Markinson as part of Vela Software Group. Throughout these operating group changes, Markinson still continues to operate as an independent division.
The acquisition has provided Markinson with a stronger corporate platform as well as greater access to resources and expertise to improve its product portfolio, market reach and level of service to customers.