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Boston company buys LI dot-com

Invision.com Inc., the Commack-based technology company

that rode the dot-com boom and survived the bust, has been purchased by a

Boston-area company in a move that maintains the Long Island operation as a

wholly owned subsidiary.

Invision founder and chief executive Tyler Roye said all 110 of Invision's

employees will remain with the new parent company, mindSHIFT Technologies Inc.

of Waltham, Mass.

Roye, who becomes a senior executive officer of mindSHIFT, declined to

discuss terms of the deal.

Invision was one of a few high-profile local companies to successfully

navigate the turbulent dot-com period of the past decade. Roye said the

continued need for technology services helped the company through the bust.

Invision's focus on managed hosting services and e-business applications melded

well with mindSHIFT's strengths in managed desktop and Internet voice

applications, he said.

The two companies had been in discussions for about a year, Roye said,

around the time Invision first decided to court potential suitors after 12

years on its own. The deal is structured as a merger, Roye said, but "we are

clearly owned." Roye, who reported to Invision's board and undisclosed

investors, now reports to mindSHIFT chief executive Paul Chisholm.

Roye declined to disclose Invision's annual revenue figures, but he noted

that 2006 revenue increased 35 percent over the previous year and that 2007

revenue is exceeding a projected 42 percent increase. In 2001, the company was

reported to have $9 million in revenue. Roye said the company has been

profitable in "most" quarters since 2002.

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