As I have known for about a week or so now, the company I work for, MonsterCommerce, is being acquired by Network Solutions. I couldn't mention it much outside my immediate family as the information was under wraps until it could be properly announced in a formal press release. I've been writing this blog post for a few days, but couldn't publish it until now.
While I was initially unsure how to react to the news, it was broken to my coworkers and I well. There are always 'after-school special' stories about the family whose dad works for the small company that got bought up by the big company and now he's being laid off. But that is not what is going to happen here.
First off, I have been assured by all members of MonsterCommerce management that there will be no layoffs. The company is also not being moved and will continue to be located in the St. Louis Area. All of the leaders of the company will remain in their same place. Realistically, not much is going to change.
Why did Network Solutions do this? Basically, from my vantage point it would appear that Network Solutions was simply wanting to have a bigger play in the ecommerce software market. However, all of their current ecommerce, design and optimization packages were services resold from other companies. They could have created an entirely new division from scratch and attempted to compete in an already crowded market. Or they could incorporate an up-and-coming leader and put the full weight of the Network Solutions brand behind the experts.
That is exactly what they have done and I for one could not be happier. Obviously there will most likely be some changes, but mostly the changes are going to mean that we are going to have a lot more money and tools behind what we do. For instance, they are looking to hire about 170+ people by this time next year. That will more than double our already crowded house of around one-hundred.
We are also going to get access to better monitoring and testing tools and the full resources of the NS infrastructure and budget.