K2 Software

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K2 Software
IndustryBusiness Process Automation
Founded2000 (2000) in Johanesburg, South Africa
  • Adrian van Wyk
  • Olaf Wagner
HeadquartersBellevue, WA,
Area served
Key people
  • Evan Ellis (President)
  • John Ederer (CFO)
  • Burley Kawasaki (CPO)
  • Carlo Carvajal (CMO)

K2 is a business process automation company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

K2 enables enterprises to speed time-to-market and simplify the creation of modern process applications, automate workflows and transform their businesses. More than 4 million users in over 84 countries, including 30 percent of Fortune 100 companies, are using K2 to take control of their business processes, increase visibility and improve operational efficiency. K2 is a leader in business process management, case management, and low-code development.


K2 was founded in 2000 by Adriaan van Wyk [1] and Olaf Wagner [2] two college graduates, and incorporated in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2000. They had the vision to simplify process-based applications and change how business is done. While the company's headquarters relocated to Bellevue, WA in 2004, the office in Johannesburg remains one of its largest. Since then, K2 has grown into an award-winning business application platform company with nearly 500 employees across the globe.

In 2001, K2 had its first public software release of K2.net. The product was aimed to help organizations build better business applications and simplify processes. The following year, K2.net v2 helped the company secure its initial customer base and was widely adopted across multiple regions in South Africa and Southeast Asia.

In 2002, the company was awarded independent software vendor (ISV) of the Year by Microsoft in the EMEA region - its first major award. That same year K2 opened up its first foreign office in Singapore.

In 2003, the company launched K2.net 2003, which allowed them to enter the U.S. market. The product had cutting-edge integrations with many Microsoft products that were released earlier in the year. The tight linkage between the two companies was apparent when Microsoft included K2 during its keynote demo at every Microsoft Office 2003 launch event in the U.S. – with 64 regional launch events and thousands of attendees.

K2 moved its headquarters to Bellevue, WA in 2004 to accommodate a growing workforce. The following year they opened up an office in Australia.

2006 was a year of growth for the company as K2 expanded 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.

In 2006, K2 was awarded the Microsoft Global Winning Customer Award [3] and the Microsoft Information Worker Partner of the Year Award [4].

K2 blackpearl was released in 2007. K2 blackpearl was originally a code name for one of our most eventful product releases—eventually sticking as the official title. K2 blackpearl integrated several ground-breaking features still in place today, including the patented SmartObjects for integrations with SharePoint, multiple workflow designers, a central workspace, reporting, and K2 connect.

In 2009, Professional K2 blackpearl [5] was published February 3, 2009 by 14 authors, including K2 employees and members of the K2 community. The book was made possible by blackpearl’s strong following and input from active members of K2 Underground.

K2 was awarded two key patents in 2011 for K2 SmartForms and K2 SmartObjects [6]. Today, the company has been issued 30 patents in the US, Europe, and Australia.

K2 Appit for SharePoint [7] was released in 2014. The product was the company's first cloud offering and delivered no-code workflow apps for Microsoft SharePoint Online. K2 Appit allowed users to add intuitive forms and data from line of business systems to deliver more full-featured apps.

By 2014, K2 hosted its first-ever global user conference - K2 FastFWD - in Las Vegas. The conference name FastFWD stands for Fast forms, Workflow, and Data.

The company raised $150 million from the Francisco Partners [8] in 2015. With the rapid growth of the company, K2 relocated to a larger office in 2017 [9].

In 2018, the company also released K2 Cloud and K2 Five [10] (on-premise) solution. In the same year, K2 welcomed a new CEO and President, Evan Ellis [11].

In May of 2020, K2 changed its name from SourceCode Technologies Holdings, Inc. to K2 Software, Inc.


In 2019, K2 acquired two of its longtime distributors, K2NE [12] and K2 Australia [13]

In the media



  1. "Adrian van Wyk". Linkedin. 2020-06-28. {{cite web}}: Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  2. "Olaf Wagner". Linkedin. 2020-06-28. {{cite web}}: Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  3. "Microsoft Announces 2006 Partner Program Award Finalists and Select Category Winners". Microsoft. 2006-07-06.
  4. "Microsoft Announces 2006 Partner Program Award Finalists and Select Category Winners". Microsoft. 2006-07-06.
  5. "Professional K2 blackpearl". PDF. 2009-02-03.
  6. "SmartForms and SmartObjects Patents". USPTO.Gov. 2011-09-20.
  7. "K2 Appit for SharePoint". K2. 2014-02-24.
  8. "Business Software Provider K2 Raising $100M+ From Francisco". Xconomy. 2015-02-18.
  9. "K2's new Seattle-area office is ready for business, and its new cloud product is right behind". Geekwire. 2017-07-30.
  10. "K2 Rolls Out New Platform Updates to Further Drive Digital Transformation". AP News. 2018-10-30.
  11. "K2 Continues Transformation with Appointment of New CEO". GlobeNewswire. 2018-01-10.
  12. "K2 Acquires Distributor K2NE, Strengthening Its Digital Process Automation Capabilities Across Europe". GlobeNewswire. 2019-01-22.
  13. "K2 Expands Footprint in Asia-Pacific Region with Acquisition of Australian Distributor". GlobeNewswire. 2019-10-31.

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