20 Years of Making the Impossible Easy

K2 has a rich history, and I believe the secret to the company’s success is the people. They are the heart and soul of our company. We have employees who have been with us from the beginning, and one in five employees have been with us for more than 10 years.

K2 has a unique culture and it goes back to our South African roots. South Africans value family, they value loyalty, and they work hard — but they also like to have fun. All of these characteristics have formed a great inner foundation. We’ve built upon that foundation, and it is represented by the people who have joined the company over the years from all over the world. I believe our cultural diversity has enriched and strengthened our company immensely.

- Evan Ellis, CEO & President at K2


Reimagining Business Process Automation

The K2 story begins in the year 2000 with Adriaan van Wyk and Olaf Wagner, two recent college graduates, who, like many tech success stories, had the vision to change the way business was being done.

  • K2 is incorporated in Johannesburg, South Africa - and opens its first office
  • Fun fact: The name K2 came about because every build was named with a letter/number combo - A1, A2, etc. K2 was the build released to the public.
  • The company quickly expands to 15 employees in the Johannesburg office
  • The first public software release: K2.net
  • K2 named the ISV of the Year by Microsoft in EMEA region
  • The first international office opens in Singapore
  • K2 releases K2.net 2003, which highlights its close partnership with Microsoft
  • The new release is featured prominently during the Microsoft Office 2003 launch in the U.S. as well as 64 regional events.

2004 - 2007

Taking Process Automation to the Masses

As the K2 brand catches on, the company makes inroads in the U.S. and beyond.

  • K2 opens its first U.S. office in Bellevue, WA to take advantage of a skilled workforce and expand its reach.
  • K2 expands its worldwide presence with additional offices in the APAC and EMEA regions.
  • Today, apart from the U.S. headquarters, K2 has offices in the U.K., Germany, Spain, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and Thailand.
  • K2 receives high praise from Microsoft with the Global Winning Customer Award and the Information Worker Solutions Technology Innovation Partner of the Year Finalist Award.
  • K2 releases K2 blackpearl with several ground-breaking features still in place today, including SmartObjects and K2 Connect.
  • Fun fact: K2 blackpearl was originally an internal codename for the release - eventually sticking when the product launched.

2008 - 2011

Driving Global Innovation

Customers throughout the world rely on K2's intelligent process automation to drive operational efficiency and maintain a competitive edge. K2 is poised for the coming digital transformation starting to take hold across the globe.

  • K2 connect for SAP is released.
  • K2 wins Best of TechEd 2008 for SharePoint development.
  • The book Professional K2 blackpearl, authored by K2 employees and members of the community, is published.
  • K2 earns 'two key patents in 2011' for K2 SmartForms and K2 SmartObjects.
  • Today, the company holds 30 patents in the US, Europe, and Australia.
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2012 - 2015

Gaining Momentum

K2 earns a following and attracts new investment. The company introduces no-code, cloud-based solutions.

  • K2 continues to grow revenue and employees - exceeding 250 by 2012.
  • New launches: K2 Appit, the company’s first cloud offering, and no-code workflow apps for Microsoft SharePoint Online.
  • K2 Appit allows users to add intuitive forms and data from line of business systems to deliver more full-featured apps.
  • K2 hosts its first-ever global user conference - K2 FastFWD - in Las Vegas, NV to a sold-out crowd
  • Fun fact: The conference name FastFWD stands for Fast forms, Workflow, and Data.
  • The company raises $150 million from the private equity firm Francisco Partners to help accelerate the company’s vision.

2016 - 2019

Innovating Without Borders

As international demand for K2 grows, the company makes a quantum leap by expanding its footprint to 15 countries; moves to larger headquarters; launches two new products, and welcomes new CEO, Evan Ellis.

  • To accommodate rapid growth, K2 moves to a larger office in 2017
  • Establishes Bellevue, WA as its new global headquarters
  • Product launches: K2 Five and K2 Cloud
  • K2 welcomes a new CEO & President Evan Ellis
  • K2 acquires longtime distributors K2NE and K2 Australia to expand its global reach
  • K2NE now operates as K2 with offices in Spain, South Africa, Germany, and the United Kingdom
  • K2 Australia provides immediate entry to the continent’s marketplace

2020 and BEYOND

Making the impossible easy for 20 years

K2 continues to focus on delivering value to its customers and remaining at the cutting edge of innovation.

  • 2,000+ enterprise customers
  • Over 1 billion processes automated
  • Customers in 84 countries
  • Nearly 500 employees worldwide
  • Offices in 10 countries
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20 years of innovation

K2, a leader in business automation software, provides low-code automation solutions that connect people, systems and processes to drive digital transformation. With over 20 years of experience, K2 is a trusted partner to thousands of customers worldwide who use K2 solutions to improve operational efficiency, drive competitive advantage and deliver exceptional customer service.

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