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SunGard Data Systems Inc.
Type Private
Founded 1983
Headquarters Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA
Key people Cristóbal I. Conde
Industry Information Technology
Products Computer software
Support services
Revenue $ 5.596 Billion (2008)
Employees 20,000 (2008)

SunGard is a multinational company based in Wayne, Pennsylvania, which provides software and services to education, financial services, and public sector organizations. It was formed in 1983, as a spin-off of the computer services division of Sun Oil Company, during a period of low crude oil prices. The company has more than 25,000 customers in more than fifty countries. The name of the company originally was an initialism which stood for Sun Guaranteed Access to Recovered Data, a reference to the disaster recovery business it helped pioneer. SunGard ranked at 435 in Fortune 500 - 2009 list [1].



SunGard provides software and processing for financial services, higher education and the public sector. It also provides continuity-assurance and production datacenter hosting services to enterprises of all types. SunGard is composed of four businesses - Availability Services, Recovery Services, Consulting Services, and Financial and Education Software Development - that provide IT services and infrastructure, and software and processing.


SunGard has historically grown by acquisition. Past mergers include Performance Pathways, Vericenter, InFlow, Strohl Systems, Comdisco Continuity Services, and Guardian iT PLC on the availability side, Systems & Computer Technology Corp. (SCT) on the higher education side, and GL Trade, MINT, TRAX, CARNOT AG, Front Arena, Martini, Monis, APT, Reech, VPM, Phase 3 Systems, Infinity, and Opus on the (primarily financial) software and processing side. SunGard has completed more than 150 acquisitions over the past 20 years.


Formerly listed on the NYSE (ticker symbol SDS) on August 11, 2005 the company was acquired by a consortium of seven private equity investment firms in a transaction valued at $11.3 billion. The partners in the acquisition were Silver Lake Partners, Bain Capital, Blackstone Group, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Providence Equity Partners, and Texas Pacific Group.[2].


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