Computer-systems integrator Anexinet Corp., of Blue Bell, includes elements of a generation of vanished Philadelphia software firms - Virtus Partners, Sycamore Group, Extolutions. 

The firm has kept some major clients - SEI Corp., Exelon, Independence Blue Cross - through the consolidations of the past few years. Business dropped 25% in the 2009 recession, but it rose 35% last year, back above $50 million, and looks to "add double digits" in 2011, chief executive Diego Calderin tells me. New clients include the New York Times: "We helped build some of their paywall." Employment, at 200, is at the firm's alltime peak. 

"I can't find enough people" to hire, Calderin told me. "I like to hire people with 10 to 15 years experience. But I find I have to run incubator programs in colleges to get enough people with engineering and computer science degrees."
Anexinet has branched into hardware and software services, and sought business north to Boston and south to Baltimore. "We've added mobility, iPads, all the smartphones, all the customer apps. We just started working on the new healthcare IT mandates."

What's the firm's future? "I got people calling me every week" from potential acquirers, Calderin says. Deals with similar firms in other markets might make sense, but he's reluctant to sell: "Our thought has been, let's grow this thing to $100 million, then look at the market." 

Calderin likes being in Blue Bell as opposed to his old digs in King of Prussia: "There's no 1 percent head tax for business in Whitpain Township," unlike Upper Merion.