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BCM One Acquires CloudStrategies

BCM One Inc., a 25-year-old New York-based technology integrator, expanded its growing footprint of Microsoft services this week with the acquisition of CloudStrategies Group, one of Microsoft's first born-in-the-cloud partners.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

BCM One started out helping clients manage telecommunications solutions and over time expanded into managed services around the entire technology and networking stack. The company first became a formal Microsoft partner about two years ago.

Pete Zarras founded CloudStrategies in 2009 in order to pursue the opportunity in selling Microsoft cloud products. Since then, CloudStrategies deployed Microsoft cloud services to more than 500 clients and supported the migration of over 100,000 users, the companies said.

CloudStrategies had recently been partnering with BCM One to handle Office 365 migrations, and the acquisition talks developed from that. "Our transaction with CloudStrategies was a natural evolution of our established partnership. It allows us to expand our existing in-house cloud specialists with a proven team that delivers and supports best in class Microsoft solutions," said Frank Ahearn, founder and co-CEO of BCM One, in a statement.

CloudStrategies will take on the BCM One brand and move from its Cedar Knolls, N.J., offices to BCM's Manhattan headquarters.

Zarras will lead a team of four CloudStrategies employees going to BCM One. The acquisition adds several Microsoft competencies to BCM One's portfolio -- Gold Cloud Productivity, Silver Messaging, Silver Midmarket Solution Provider and Silver Small & Midmarket Cloud Solutions.

In a statement, Microsoft Vice President of U.S. Partners Stephen Boyle called the acquisition "well aligned to the priorities we are driving across the Microsoft ecosystem," emphasizing the combined companies' Skype for Business, cloud productivity and Azure capabilities.

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 04, 2016