Accela Strengths, Domain Expertise, and Key Differentiators
Accela provides a market-leading platform of SaaS solutions that empower state and local governments to build thriving communities, attract and grow businesses, and protect citizens. More than 275 million citizens globally benefit from Accela’s solutions, powered by Microsoft Azure, for permitting, licensing, code enforcement, and service request management. Accela’s fast-to-implement Civic Applications, built on its robust and extensible Civic Platform, help agencies address specific needs today while ensuring they are prepared for any emerging or complex challenges in the future.
Powered by Microsoft Azure, Accela's open and flexible technology helps agencies address specific needs today while ensuring they are prepared for any emerging or complicated challenges in the future.
Accela Recent Developments
In January 2021, Accela launched a new Civic Application for Occupational Licensing. The cloud-based, user-friendly solution makes licensing review and approval for licensed occupations simpler and more transparent to foster economic growth, increase government responsiveness, and help professionals focus on maintaining community public health and safety.
In 2020, Accela launched Civic Application for Fire Prevention. The solution helps fire departments increase their capacity and effectiveness and ensure they are equipped in the case of emergencies, especially amid an evolving environmental and public safety landscape.
The Fire Prevention application comes after the release of Civic Application for Environmental Health. The solution streamlines public health protection by combining all program data into one system and automating the application submission, plan review, inspection, and permitting process to reduce reliance on internal IT departments.
In January 2020, sold Springbrook Software to Accel-KKR. Springbrook is a provider of cloud-based finance, utility billing, and payroll software solutions for small and medium-sized municipalities and utility districts. The sale of Springbrook Software enables Accela to focus on its core solutions and customers, as it increases investment in its permitting, licensing, code enforcement, and service request solutions for modern government.
In January 2019, Accela launched the Civic Application for Environmental Health. It is a software solution that enables health departments to modernize how they deliver services by automating critical activities such as granting permits, managing inspections, and resolving complaints, to significantly enhance their ability to protect public health. The Environmental Health Civic Application is part of Accela's Civic Applications suite.
Accela Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Activities
Berkshire Partners acquired Accela in 2017. Prior to the acquisition by Berkshire Partners, Accela had raised $235.6 million from ABRY Partners, Karlani Capital, Landmark Growth Capital Partners, and others.
Accela Customers in ARTW Customer Database
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Ownership: - Berkshire Partners
Number of Employees: 600
Functional Markets: ERP Services and Operations,
Key Verticals: Government,
Accela Key Enterprise and Cloud Applications
Accela Civic Cloud,
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Accela Customers - Breakdown by Geo, Size, Vertical and Product
No. of Accela Customers: 2200
No. of Accela Enterprise Applications Customers: 2200
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Accela has more than 2,200 government agencies as customers. New customer wins included Arlington County, VA, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Louisville-Jefferson County, New Haven, IN, Dublin, OH, Village of Mamaroneck, NY, Menlo Park, CA, and Ellington, CT. More than 80% of Accela’s new customers purchased solutions in the cloud.
Accela Market Opportunities, M&A and Geo Expansions
In November 2021, Accela unveiled the general availability of expanded SaaS offerings, including its Accela Civic Platform, in Australia and New Zealand. In addition to unveiling these expanded offerings, Accela also completed its first cloud migration in the region with a local government agency in New Zealand. Australia and New Zealand’s governments both have directed government departments to adopt a cloud-first approach to tech solutions. With the COVID-19 pandemic prompting several quarantines in the region, departments are accelerating efforts to modernize processes and preserve essential services, making cloud-based solutions more important than ever.
As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Accela launched Response Solutions designed to help government agencies address rising challenges and navigate new modes of business operation during “shelter-in-place” and “social distancing” mandates.. The Response Solutions are designed to match the pressures of the pandemic and can be deployed within approximately 1-14 days, depending on the solution implemented.
A growing number of cities and counties were leveraging Accela's highly configurable SaaS solutions to rapidly adapt to the evolving needs of the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Baltimore County, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Rochester, Minnesota are among the jurisdictions leveraging Accela’s flexible platform to keep critical government services running remotely, both for citizens and employees, safely allow nonessential businesses to resume operations, and protect their communities during the next phase of the pandemic response.
Accela Risks and Challenges
Accela's near-term agenda is to articulate a coherent product strategy following a series of acquisitions that have tripled its installed base. Another challenge is to migrate its existing on-premise customers to the Cloud in order to prevent any revenue leakage.
Competitors are expected to drive a wedge between these on-premise customers and Accela by pitching them affordable and perhaps more flexible Cloud alternatives. Accela will need to start emphasizing more of its key differentiators in land management, licensing, case management, not to mention the stability and scalability of Accela Automation.
Accela Ecosystem, Partners, Resellers and SI
In September 2021, Accela unveiled a new reseller partnership, building on their foundations of expertise in digitally transforming business processes for state and local government. Together through this partnership, Avolve and Accela can provide an unparalleled experience for applicants and plan reviewers at building agencies. With Avolve and Accela, agencies can achieve improved collaboration, transparency, and process insight, resulting in lower costs, faster review cycles, and a streamlined experience for both residents and agency staff.
Furthermore, in 2021, Accela and Symbium, the Complaw company, partnered to streamline building and planning compliance reviews. This partnership introduces pioneering zoning code compliance tools that align with Accela solutions to help reduce permit processing delays and accelerate local governments’ digital transformations in response to the pandemic as they address their recovery and whatever challenges may come next.
In August 2021, Coweta County partnered with Accela to provide online community development services. This includes the building, business licenses, code enforcement, development, planning, and zoning divisions.
In March 2020, Accela partnered with DWS Group (DWS), to expand operations and further enhance customer support in Australia and New Zealand.
It also has strategic partnerships with Adobe, EMC, Apple, Esri, Microsoft, Motion Computing, Oracle, Panasonic, and Selectron Technologies. Among its implementation partners are 21 Tech, GCOM, GovMethods, IK Consulting, Kings Canyon Technology, Natoma Technologies, OA Solutions, Peak Technology Solutions, Razavi Application Developers, RedMark Technologies, TechGlobal, TP Systems, TruePoint Solutions, and Woolpert.
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