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OpenGov Acquires ViewPoint, Adds Permitting and Licensing

Within days of announcing a massive fundraising haul and months of getting new leadership, the enterprise software company’s third acquisition in four years adds another dimension to OpenGov’s growth.

Two days after announcing one of the biggest funding rounds of the year for a gov tech company, OpenGov says it has acquired ViewPoint, a Boston-based company making software as a service for permitting, licensing and code enforcement.

ViewPoint calls itself the only multi-tenant SaaS in that space, with more than 200 state and local government customers. According to a message on ViewPoint’s website from CEO Nasser Hajo, the company’s SaaS will be folded into The OpenGov Cloud, OpenGov’s cloud-based suite of enterprise software tools, and ViewPoint’s staff will join the approximately 220-person team at OpenGov.

“I co-founded this company 24 years ago with the goal of providing cutting-edge technology to local governments … and ViewPoint Cloud is now the leading permitting and licensing solution on the market,” Hajo wrote. “We have known and admired OpenGov for a long time, based on their market leadership, attention to the customer, mission-first approach and the quality of their technology. We could not be more excited to join with them.”

A news release from OpenGov confirms this is the company’s third acquisition in four years. In April 2016, the company bought Ontodia, which built open data software around CKAN (Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network), an open-source standard used by thousands of governments. OpenGov also acquired citizen-engagement company Peak Democracy in October 2017.

Initially focused on financial planning and transparency when it was founded in 2012, OpenGov has now incorporated software from major companies in the fields of open data, citizen engagement, and licensing and permitting. This gradual expansion of core competencies has coincided with new funding and management. Earlier this week, OpenGov said its recent $51 million fundraising haul would help further develop its cloud suite, and so far this year the company has named a new president, a new board member and two new advisers.