Open Line Group acquires Connected Data Group

Open Line Group acquires Connected Data Group

With effect from 16 March, Open Line, provider of managed cloud services to over 140 companies mainly in healthcare, local government, social housing and manufacturing, has fully integrated Connected Data Group, provider of data and analytics services that drive digital transformation. Both businesses have been working together closely for several years and decided to strengthen ties, resulting in the acquisition by Open Line Group.

Connected Data Group has its registered office and training centre in Culemborg and was set up in 2017 by Erik Fransen and Antoine Stelma. The business, where in addition to the two directors six data and analytics professionals work, offers data and analytics services in collaboration with several leading technology partners. The company specialises in data management & data governance, agile data architectures and analytics & business intelligence.

Greater value from data

Emile Stam, CCO of Open Line, is proud of the integration of Connected Data Group into Open Line’s own organisation. “Together with Connected Data Group, we can respond to client wishes to obtain greater value from data. Subjects such as agile data architectures, business intelligence, data science and data management & governance are at the core of Connected Data Group’s skills set/knowledge base, with their professionals being able to draw on many years of experience at leading client organisations.” Stam stresses/emphasizes that data, information and analytics are themes that are all high on Open Line's strategic agenda. “With the addition of Connected Data Group, we are convinced that we can offer our clients even better and more complete service.”

“The fact that Connected Data Group also offers its own training courses is an asset for Open Line”, Stam explains. “Connected Data Group set up the Connected Data Academy, the number one trainer for data and analytics professionals. This means that clients of Open Line too now have the possibility to participate in customised training sessions and workshops.”

Logical step

Erik Fransen, who together with Antoine Stelma set up Connected Data Group, considers the acquisition to be a logical step. “This integration is good for our clients. They can benefit from Open Line's managed cloud services and the knowledge and experience we contribute when it comes to data & analytics. As a Gold Partner of TIBCO, we have been a leader for many years in data integration and management with TIBCO Data Virtualization in sectors including the housing association market, public authorities and manufacturing. Microsoft Power BI and SingleStore complement our unique connected Data & Analytics Platform.” “Connected Data Group is in a position to enable organisations and professionals in digital transformation to be optimally data-driven. We are proud that as part of Open Line, we will now be supporting our joint clients in this journey,” says Antoine Stelma.

Connected Data Group will continue to be active under its own name, with ‘an Open Line Company’ as subtitle. Both incorporators will remain active within the organisation.

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