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We are happy to announce that Ideal Computer Systems’ parent company, Constellation Software Inc., has purchased Charter Software Inc., the maker of the ASPEN Dealer Management System.

As the leading provider of business system software to agricultural, outdoor power, construction, industrial and golf cart dealers and distributors in North America, the acquisition of Charter further expands Constellation’s presence in the dealership management systems market.

“We are pleased to welcome Charter Software’s employees and customers to the Constellation family,” said Daniel Zinman, the Vice President of Constellation’s Dealership Software Group. “Charter’s addition will provide us with further insight into the industries we already serve, allowing us to innovate in new and exciting ways across all our dealership software businesses.”

As part of the acquisition, Charter Software President/CEO Anne Salemo will be retiring from the business. Tracy Goodman, formerly Charter Software’s COO, will assume the role of interim General Manager reporting to Ajay Thakur, who currently oversees Constellation’s Ideal Computer Systems and c-Systems Software businesses.