Blue Coat Systems, Inc.
Blue Coat Systems is a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions. Blue Coat offers solutions that provide the visibility, acceleration and security required to optimize and secure the flow of information to any user, on any network, anywhere. This application intelligence enables enterprises to tightly align network investments with business requirements, speed decision making and secure business applications for long-term competitive advantage. Blue Coat also offers service provider solutions for managed security and WAN optimization, as well as carrier-grade caching solutions to save on bandwidth and enhance the end-user Web experience. After about three years of Thoma Bravo ownership, Blue Coat was sold to Bain Capital in May 2015. During its period of ownership, Thoma Bravo worked closely with the company’s existing management to add additional operational resources; design and execute a plan that substantially reduced the company’s cost structure without negatively impacting top line performance; navigate the largest appliance refresh program in the company’s history; realign the focus of the company’s sales force; improve channel terms and practices; strengthen pricing discipline; and complete four strategic acquisitions in high growth sub-sectors of its markets. As the company’s CEO noted at the time: with Thoma Bravo’s help, “Blue Coat has strengthened and expanded our product portfolio, leading to more value for our customers while positioning the company for the next stage of growth… We have benefitted from Thoma Bravo’s insight and support.”