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The powerful consolidation currents sweeping the treasury technology market have claimed another victim and once again reduced technology choices–at least in terms of companies–available to treasurers. In late January, treasury workstation giant SunGard AvantGard announced that SunGard is acquiring major chunks of XRT Inc., once a formidable rival, but of late unable to keep pace with the increasingly competitive treasury tech market. While SunGard technically bought the U.S., German and Belgian subsidiaries of XRT, it actually acquired the French-owned company’s high-end product lines–the TWS and Globe$ brands–leaving XRT with a line for smaller clients. In addition, SunGard took over the customer roster using the products and global rights to market them. SunGard bought three valuable assets, according to Ken Dummitt, president of the SunGard AvantGard business unit: a prestigious portfolio of customers, talented staff people and good products that “complement our offerings.” He suggests that SunGard is likely to absorb the XRT products into the AvantGard line, providing XRT customers the best opportunities for upgrades and high-level service.

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