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Commerce Tech Leader Orckestra acquires award-winning Composite C1 CMS to power personalized e-commerce and in-store shopping experiences

Orckestra Inc., a leading Canadian provider of innovative cloud-based commerce solutions, today announced it has acquired the Danish content management software company Composite based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Composite’s open-source CMS platform, C1, will enhance Orckestra’s Commerce OrchestrationTM Cloud serving mid to large retailers, grocers and branded manufacturers. By integrating C1, Orckestra will enable their customers to more easily unify content and commerce across all digital and physical consumer touch-points. Moreover, the acquisition will give Orckestra a direct presence in the European market with an office based in Copenhagen, extending the company’s increasing representation in Canada and the US.

Composite has created content management software for more than a decade. The company’s CMS has evolved into a top rated open-source product winning the 2014 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Free .NET CMS. Installed in more than 150 countries and translated into 10 different languages, C1 is widely recognized for its rich functionality, extensibility and scalability in the cloud and is supported by a growing community of web professionals throughout the world.

Orckestra goes beyond traditional e-commerce solutions by allowing leading brands to deliver complete omni-channel commerce across multiple markets on a single platform. This acquisition will further improve our ability to create consistent, personalized shopping experiences that drive consumer loyalty for the brands we work with. From an operational point of view, it will also reduce time-to-market for our customers and improve their ability to manage content and commerce all in one place,” said Louis Fournier, CEO at Orckestra.

C1 CMS will continue to be distributed both as free open-source and as a fully licensed, supported and serviced product. Orckestra will continue to support the C1 open-source offering driving new ideas and innovation from the community.

“We are very excited. The acquisition opens a new chapter for Composite and the large community that uses our product worldwide. Our combined product offering enables our ecosystem of partners to deliver future digital solutions across content, commerce and delivery channels, particularly in .NET and in the Microsoft Azure Cloud ecosystem. In a landscape where everything is becoming more and more transactional this is a key differentiator, said Oskar Philip Lauritzen, CEO at Composite.

Following the acquisition, Oskar Philip Lauritzen will take on a new role as partner and General Manager for Orckestra in Europe. The company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Orckestra and the integration of the two companies will take place over the next six months.


Composite is a Danish based software company behind the CMS, Composite C1. Composite C1 is an award-winning free open source content management system built using the latest Microsoft technologies. It is one of the world’s best-rated free open source CMS and is installed in more than 100 countries. The system is powerful, cloud-enabled and easy to extend and is widely recognized for its mid-size and enterprise capabilities. Composite also offers a commercial license with benefits like product warranty and a selection of professional services in the form of support, training and upgrade tools.

Orckestra is a leading provider of modern commerce solutions, offering a single commerce platform to create and manage the most engaging shopping experiences across the web, mobile and in-store. Built on the Microsoft Azure open cloud, our Commerce OrchestrationTM platform establishes a unique central commerce layer that unifies all retail systems and customer touchpoints, and helps enterprise organizations grow their business successfully in the global marketplace. We fuel digital innovation for leading retailers, grocers and branded manufacturers, enabling them to deliver differentiating commerce experiences faster with lower IT burden and operating costs, and maximum revenue growth.