David Hallum exits OrderWise after 30 years

30 years ago, just after leaving full time education, a considerably younger David Hallum sat down and wrote the code for what would become the Orderwise multichannel, order & stock management, WMS, ERP solution. Today, Orderwise from Wise Software is used by a 1,000 customers with a team of over 200 to support the businesses relying on the solution and invest millions each year to add features.

But David has called time on his involvement with the business which has been acquired by the Forterro group a European provider of software solutions to more than 10,000 small and midsized industrial companies. OrderWise will significantly expand Forterro’s northern Europe region, with the product representing the group’s fourth largest revenue stream and fourth largest customer base.

A huge congratulations to David on growing such a fantastic business. Founded in 1991, 30 years running any business is a long time but in Internet terms it’s an amazing experience – think back to what you were doing 30 years ago and (assuming you had been born by then), it’s likely that you hadn’t even discovered the Internet. Put in terms of marketplaces, eBay wasn’t even founded until September 1995 with Amazon starting less than a year earlier in July 1994.

David Hallum has been a true pioneer of the Internet age and of Ecommerce in the UK and the solutions he created have powered so many businesses and will continue to do so as part of the Forterro group.

We warmly welcome OrderWise, its people and customers. OrderWise and its products are a perfect fit with the Forterro vision and cements our position as the leading provider of software solutions for the industrial SMEs of Europe.

– Dean Forbes, CEO, Forterro

David Hallam, founder of OrderWise, will now transition out of the business as he hands over to his well established leadership team to work with Forterro on the next phase of growth for OrderWise.

This is a bittersweet moment for me. It will be one of my life’s greatest achievements to have built a business that has been able to help so many UK companies grow and thrive

The past two years have been our strongest to date. As we close in on another year of double-digit revenue growth and finalise the development of our browser-based version, OrderWise is in an ideal position for new ownership. I have been searching for a partner that would take this company to the next level, while allowing us to stay true to our roots and continue taking care of our customers. I am pleased to say that Forterro is that partner.

David Hallam, founder, OrderWise

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