Columbusʼ History

Throughout the past 22 years, we've learned and adapted the best industry know-how in our aspiration to become the best in this business. From hiring the brightest people, to first-hand experience with the latest technologies, we've grown world-wide and as leading provider with proven performance we can serve you in your country as well as globally in your own language. Our main focus is on the food, retail and manufacturing industries on a global scale and we also provide solutions within a variety of segments on a local scale.

In 2011 Columbus underwent a huge image change. Columbus IT became Columbus and a new web site was launched as part of a new global strategy focusing on three key verticals – Food, Retail and Manufacturing.

In 2009 Columbus won no less than 18 honor awards making us the most highly decorated Microsoft partner of all. More than 2,000 partners competed in 12 categories of which Columbus won Retail Partner of the Year, and became among the two finalists in Manufacturing Partner of the Year and Distribution Partner of the Year.

During 2008 seven minor subsidiaries were sold off and replaced by franchise agreements. Thereby, Columbus focused its presence through subsidiaries in Europe and the US, and is furthermore represented in Asia, Middle East and Latin America through franchises. The development of the Columbus software development company, To-Increase, continued in 2008, and a subsidiary was established in Denmark and in Norway.

In 2007 the subsidiary in Austria was liquidated, and the former partnerships in the Czech Republic and Finland were replaced by franchise agreements. Columbus was recognized by several important awards in 2007 by achieving Microsoft Dynamics President's Club Award, Microsoft Customer Excellence Award and Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle Member recognition.

During 2006, as a part of an international growth strategy for global presence, Columbus sets up offices in Finland, Mexico, Brazil and Chile.

In November 2005, Columbus acquires the Dutch software firm To-Increase. In this new operating structure, To-Increase functions as a dedicated software development division within Columbus, while remaining an Independent Software Vendor (ISV).

In December 2004, Consolidated Holdings A/S, headed by Ib Kunøe, acquires 12,625,000 shares in Columbus (Columbus IT Partner A/S), equivalent to approx. 33% of the share capital. Ib Kunøe is elected to the board.

In February 2001, Columbus forms new partner alliances to sell the add-on Business Intelligence products +TRIMIT and Targit, as well as Matriks Document Management. In August that year, Navision purchases the distribution rights to the XAL and Axapta products in the Eastern European countries, which had been successfully developed by Columbus. Columbus returns to its core business of value-added reselling in these territories. Also in August, Columbus acquires their ERP team in Bergen, Norway.

In August 2000, Columbus enters into a global agreement with Navision Software. In December that year, Columbus acquires one of the leading software conglomerates in Iceland, AX Business Intelligence, adding more employees and an additional 500 customers to its stable.

In 1999 Columbus reaches a total of 800 employees worldwide and expands into Switzerland and Spain.

As of May 1998 Columbus becomes a public company, listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Also Columbus sets up businesses in South Africa and the United States, as well as service offices in Greenland and France.

Columbus expands into four new countries during 1997. In the Netherlands and Hungary, new subsidiaries are established with local management. In Hong Kong and Singapore, Columbus is represented with pre-existing employees as well as local management and business partners.

Columbus also acquires representation in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Estonia and Lithuania in 1995.

In 1994 IBM acquires 50% of Damgaard International A/S to market CONCORDE XAL worldwide as part of its product portfolio. As a result, Columbus makes the strategic decision to become an international systems integrator for CONCORDE XAL, represented in the most significant Western and Eastern European markets through locally-owned companies.

In 1992 the Columbus international expansion begins with companies in Poland and Latvia working in cooperation with local partners, starting with sales to existing Danish companies with subsidiaries in these new markets.

Michael Gaardboe founds Columbus in December 1989 with a mission to provide customers with sales and support for the Concorde Finance business management system solution. Columbus builds its customer base in the Denmark market, and later expands with service centers across the country.