ConvergeOne Expands Midwest Footprint With AOS Acquisition

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“EAGAN, Minn., Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ConvergeOne, a leading global IT services provider of collaboration and technology solutions, today announced that it has acquired Alexander Open Systems (“AOS”), a leading IT consulting group headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.”

Effective immediately, AOS is now AOS, a ConvergeOne Company. This acquisition further solidifies ConvergeOne’s position as a leading provider of collaboration and IT-enabled solutions in the market today.

ConvergeOne serves as a trusted advisor to more than 11,000 customers, including 57 percent of the Fortune 100 and 42 percent of the Fortune 500 across the healthcare, finance, manufacturing, education, and energy industries. A Microsoft Gold Partner, AOS specializes in architecting, implementing and supporting an expansive portfolio of solutions including cloud, collaboration, data center, networking, security, virtualization, business intelligence and more.

“This acquisition enables us to broaden our portfolio and expand our coverage in the United States. AOS has been providing leading edge IT solutions in the Midwest for the past 25 years. In addition to bolstering our skills in Microsoft and Cisco, we can now offer SharePoint and Service Request Management solutions to our clients,” said John A. McKenna Jr., Chairman and CEO, ConvergeOne. “This further solidifies our commitment to solving enterprises’ complex IT needs with innovative technology offerings through a culture of locally empowered employees who deliver best-in-class, multi-vendor services and solutions.”

AOS, a ConvergeOne Company will be led by John F. Lyons, President, Field Organization, ConvergeOne.

“This acquisition strengthens our team in the Midwest region with an experienced group of sales and technical professionals who share our passion to provide our clients with best-in-class solutions and customer experience,” said Lyons.

“ConvergeOne’s investment in AOS enables us to better serve our clients and strategic partners now and in the future,” said Jon Groves, CEO of AOS. “As a part of ConvergeOne, AOS is well-positioned to leverage our combined managed services and solutions capabilities to become a clear market leader. Going forward, we remain highly-focused on our clients’ success.”

“We are excited to back the ConvergeOne team in the acquisition of AOS,” said James Pade, Principal, Clearlake Capital Group, LP. “With this strategic acquisition, ConvergeOne continues to position itself as the leading provider of multi-vendor IT collaboration solutions and managed services.”

About ConvergeOne
Founded in 1993, ConvergeOne is a leading global IT service provider of collaboration and technology solutions for large and medium enterprise with decades of experience assisting customers to transform their digital infrastructure and realize a return on investment. Over 11,000 enterprise and mid-market customers trust ConvergeOne with collaboration, enterprise networking, data center, cloud and security solutions to achieve business outcomes. Our investments in cloud infrastructure and managed services provide transformational opportunities for customers to achieve financial and operational benefits with leading technologies. Uniquely positioned, ConvergeOne has partnerships with more than 300 global industry leaders, including Avaya, Cisco, Genesys, IBM, and Microsoft to customize specific business outcomes. We deliver solutions with a full lifecycle approach including strategy, design and implementation with professional, managed, cloud and support services. ConvergeOne holds more than 2,300 technical certifications across hundreds of engineers throughout North America including three Network Operations Centers. More information available at www.convergeone.com.

On December 1, 2017, ConvergeOne announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) with Forum Merger Corporation (Nasdaq: FMCI) (“Forum”), a special purpose acquisition company, pursuant to which ConvergeOne would consummate a business combination transaction with Forum and become a Nasdaq-listed public company.

About Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.
Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. is a leading private investment firm founded in 2006. With a sector-focused approach, the firm seeks to partner with world-class management teams by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses that can benefit from Clearlake’s operational improvement approach, O.P.S.® The firm’s core target sectors are software and technology-enabled services; industrials and energy; and consumer. Clearlake currently has over $3.5 billion of assets under management and its senior investment principals have led or co-led over 90 investments. More information is available at www.clearlake.com.

About AOS
AOS is the leading IT consulting group in the Midwest. We’ve spent 25 years helping companies tackle in- depth technology projects that address their specific challenges. Through our highly certified experts and strategic partner relationships, AOS helps solve complex issues with creative solutions and simplify the business of IT. More information available at www.aos5.com.

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