SOURCE: NWN Corporation

NWN Corporation

January 07, 2011 17:20 ET

NWN Corporation Acquires International Application Development Firm ComFrame

Customers to Realize Strong Relationships, Business Agility and Lower Cost Structure

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - January 7, 2011) - IT systems integrator NWN Corporation announced the acquisition of ComFrame, an international application development firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; and Beijing, China.

ComFrame, a Microsoft Gold partner with considerable Java programming expertise, is a 13-year-old application development services provider that has distinguished itself by providing robust custom development solutions for more than 300 companies in the Southeastern and Central United States. ComFrame, and NWN itself, are two of only 37 nationally managed Microsoft system integrators.

"This makes us one of the more substantial applications development services companies in the business, and one of the few focused on both the commercial midmarket and public sectors," said NWN CEO Mont Phelps.

With the China-based off-shoring capabilities, the deal provides NWN with the expertise to provide the kind of application development and deployment services that power bigger global systems integrators. It also marks the first time that NWN has all the pieces from strategic consulting to application development and deployment, and 24x7 support to offer its customers a complete solution to their business problems.

"The differentiator," says Phelps, "is NWN's lower cost structure, business agility and its strong local relationships with customers which provide the opportunity to 'Team-Shore' -- a unique blend of local development and business resources combined with an off-shoring capability."

The acquisition makes NWN one of the premier companies providing a full range of solutions, including application development services, to midmarket commercial and public sector customers. "We believe that our customer-centric approach is going to have tremendous appeal in those markets," said Phelps. "We have the capabilities and resources to compete with anybody in those markets. We can go in and sit down with CEOs and CIOs and talk about where they are going with their business strategy and then be able to design, implement and support the systems they need."

ComFrame CEO Marc Guthrie commented, "ComFrame has built a model that allows us to provide high value solutions-based services to our clients across the Southeast. We are looking forward to the opportunity to expand this offering throughout the NWN customer base. NWN's customer-first philosophy matches with ours and that was a major driver for getting this done. After meeting with the NWN management team, it was clear to me that ComFrame's current customers would continue to receive excellent service and benefit from the additional corporate offerings."

In addition to the news of this acquisition, NWN announced a vertical consulting group. Jane Linder, the managing director of the company, is going to oversee the new vertical solutions group chartered with sharpening the company's focus on health care, education, state and local government and midsized banks/credit unions.

"There are plenty of VARs out there that only think about technology," said Linder. "We know how to help customers use technology so it creates business value. That requires a deeper knowledge of the customer's business in addition to the technology."

The acquisition officially closed at 11:59 p.m. EST on New Year's Eve.

About NWN Corporation
Headquartered in Waltham, MA, NWN Corporation provides clients with a complete range of end-to-end IT services and solutions. The company brings clients the premier products in the industry, tailored to their specific needs and situations. These include technologies from Cisco, Microsoft, HP, McAfee, EMC, VMware and many others. Clients include private and public sector organizations in almost every line of work including major banks, universities, manufacturers, hospitals, and state and local government agencies. NWN solutions include Application Development; Data Center and Virtualization; End User Computing; IT Staffing; nCare® Managed Services; Network Infrastructure; Security; Smart Government; and Unified Communications and Collaboration.

NWN is a woman-owned business with thirteen branches throughout the US and a branch in Beijing, China. The company serves clients operating locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to corporate headquarters and a branch in Waltham, MA, NWN serves clients with branches in Farmington, CT; Mt. Laurel, NJ; Raleigh, NC; Greensboro, NC; Charlotte, NC; Greenville, SC; Nashville, TN; Birmingham, AL; Houston, TX; Fresno, CA; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Beijing, China.

About ComFrame
Since 1997, ComFrame Software Corporation has completed more than 300 elegant, large-scale software projects for clients across the southeastern and central United States, helping them reduce IT complexity and successfully deploy modern architectures and applications that improve business agility and efficiency. From offices in Birmingham, Nashville and Beijing, ComFrame delivers a broad range of custom solutions and packaged business applications. More than 100 architects, software engineers and project managers make up our highly skilled team. Expertise ranges from enterprise application development, integration and global delivery to strategy and program management, business intelligence and enterprise data management, collaboration and knowledge management, usability and user experience engineering, web branding and content management, IT mentoring and training in new information technologies and service-oriented architectures. For more information about ComFrame, visit www.comframe.com.

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