OST, a Grand Rapids-based digital and IT consultancy, has acquired Texas-based cloud service provider Stratum Technology. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The acquisition expands OST’s cloud services capabilities due to Stratum’s technical expertise and certifications in both AWS and Microsoft. Stratum joins OST with architects, engineers, and project managers who have developed relationships with top partners and carry advanced specializations such as the Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider designation.
For both organizations, the acquisition means that clients will have access to more support, experience, and expertise than before, according to the companies.
“For 25 years, OST has walked alongside clients to architect, build, and manage how and where technology runs,” says Meredith Bronk, president and CEO of OST. “The acquisition of Stratum Technology is a reflection of rapid acceleration in this space and ensures that OST continues to drive meaningful and valuable outcomes for our clients.”
In addition to expanding cloud services, the acquisition pairs two of the nation’s leading experts in Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare. It also reinforces OST’s position as a premier partner for Epic cloud implementations in the United States.
The move follows last year’s integration of Minneapolis-based design firm, Azul Seven.
OST says it continues to seek new partnerships that not only enhance its capabilities but also promote OST’s company culture. OST says it puts cultural compatibility at the top of the list when evaluating acquisitions. Acquiring Stratum is a perfect example of this approach, the company says.
“Stratum has been a market leader in cloud integration and managed services for the last six years,” says Ryan Trimberger, co-founder and CEO of Stratum. “Our customers had an appetite for other services that were outside of our core business, and we found OST to be the perfect fit both technically and culturally for our employees and customers. This acquisition with OST is a strategic move to better serve our customers as demand grows for cloud, IoT, health care-focused cloud deployments and managed services.”