Netvibes is finally acquired by French engineering giant Dassault Systèmes

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It’s been a long and winding road since Tariq Krim created and eventually left Netvibes, but today Netvibes has been acquired by huge French engineering giant Dassault Systèmes for an undisclosed amount. Krim continues to pursue his original dream of organising the social web on Jolicloud.

Netvibes had an early lead back in the era when ‘personal start pages’ were the new new thing, but (and we won;t go into the long story here) a large pivot towards enterprise saw it moving into more of a dashboard for Fortune 500 brands, enterprises and agencies (including Coca Cola, HP, L`Oreal, US Dept. of Energy, Digitas, McCann Worldgroup, Edelman, Lufthansa, Sage). Although you’d be forgiven for not tracking its growth in that other world, it’s in fact turned into a decent enterprise story, serving over 250,000 Web apps directly into businesses and connecting internal enterprise systems (like Salesforce, SQL, ERP, etc.) with the real-time Web.

Dassault Systèmes has 135,000 customers across many industries and virtually every commercial jet gets touched by their design software at some stage.

Netvibes will remain free to its corporate users

Here’s more in their release below:

Netvibes Acquired by Dassault Systèmes, Accelerating the Future of Dashboard Intelligence for Brands and Enterprises

Netvibes brings Dashboard Intelligence to Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform, enabling companies to Listen, Learn and Act in real-time—on the Web and inside the Enterprise—like never before

San Francisco, CA—February 9, 2012—Today, Netvibes, the leading dashboard intelligence platform, announced that it has been fully acquired by Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Paris:DSY) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions.

“With the birth of the real-time Web, companies need to adapt to everything and everyone inside and outside their borders. To accomplish this, we need a way to connect and combine different products and uses, internal and external data sources, personal and professional apps, and human curation and algorithms—across all devices and departments, in real-time and in context,” said Bernard Charlès, President and CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “Netvibes Dashboard Intelligence technology makes this possible.”

Netvibes helps Fortune 500 brands, agencies and enterprises understand the real-time Web and everything inside and outside the organization with Dashboard Intelligence: dashboard technologies that connect everything together for better decision-making. Netvibes’ award-winning dashboard publishing platform and Universal Web App (UWA) technology enable Social Enterprises to integrate all internal Enterprise platforms, databases and systems together with external cloud apps, social feeds and live sentiment from across the real-time Web, and deploy it seamlessly across all desktop and mobile platforms with native-like UI.

This move brings Netvibes’ Dashboard Intelligence technology to Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience platform, empowering Social Enterprises and users at all levels to:

· Listen to everything: Aggregate enterprise data (structured and unstructured, processes and platforms) with the real-time, social Web (news, social feeds and apps)

· Learn from everyone: Analyze all layers inside and outside the Enterprise, by combining individual and social intelligence with algorithms and data intelligence for smarter results

· Act in real-time: Adapt to make better, faster decisions with intelligent alerts that respond to internal data or public sentiment and trigger automated business actions

Dassault Systèmes enables companies to experience the world, from parts to products (e.g. planes, medical devices, buildings), from individual workers to supply chain and distribution (e.g. stores), from designing to experiencing usage scenarios. Netvibes specializes in understanding the Web in new ways, to reveal customer sentiment, brand identity and emerging influencers. Together, Netvibes contributes to Dassault Systèmes’ vision to Experience Everything in the world and on the Web.

“This partnership was born out of our mutual vision to bring Dashboard Intelligence to the entire world and all platforms and processes. To achieve this ambitious vision, we need an ambitious partner like Dassault Systèmes, whose deep authority as global technology leader will rapidly accelerate our efforts across the Enterprise world,” said Freddy Mini, CEO, Netvibes. “Imagine understanding how syncing product design and global brand sentiment would enable the ultimate end user experience. This vision will become our reality.”

Netvibes customers and users will benefit from the global resources, deep technology and algorithms Dassault Systèmes is known for around the world. Netvibes’ website, products and team will continue to provide the same award-winning dashboard experience the Netvibes brand is known for by millions of users and hundreds of agencies, brands and enterprises around the globe.

“If you like Netvibes, you will love the new Netvibes. Our brand, business, website and team will stay. What will change is that all our products will innovate even faster thanks to our deep relationship with Dassault Systèmes,” said Mini.

“With the acquisition of Netvibes, a Web 2.0 leader, Dassault Systèmes will provide the most advanced cloud offer for enterprise,” said Tariq Krim, Founder, Netvibes, Founder and CEO, Jolicloud.

To learn more about Netvibes Dashboard Intelligence products and get a private demo, visit: enterprise.netvibes.com

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About Netvibes

Founded in 2005, Netvibes pioneered dashboard publishing, user personalization and universal Web apps (UWA). Today, Netvibes is the leading dashboard intelligence platform for the real-time Web, with offices in San Francisco and Paris.

For consumers, Netvibes Basic is the most awarded dashboard engine that helps millions of people around the world instantly dashboard everything that matters to them most. For marketing professionals, Netvibes Premium is the complete dashboard intelligence platform for brand monitoring, social analytics, campaign management and much more. For large agencies, brands and enterprises, Netvibes for Enterprise adds advanced collaboration features and offers custom deployment and development. For more information, visit: http://www.netvibes.com.

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 115,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.