Open source move: PDS acquires Provident Technologies

Open source move: PDS acquires Provident Technologies

Oconomowoc, Wis. – In a move to expand its expertise in open source software, Paragon Development Systems has acquired Provident Technologies, a Sheboygan information technology company.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Provident Technologies provides identity management and Linux-based IT solutions to clients in Sheboygan, Greater Madison, and metropolitan Milwaukee. Among its clients is the Sheboygan Falls-based Johnsonville Sausage, for which Provident has implemented Novell identity and systems management solutions.
Paragon Development Systems, headquartered in Oconomowoc, offers technology products and services large and mid-sized clients in 22 states.
Austin Park, chief technology officer for PDS, said in a press release that PDS would continue to strengthen its Microsoft platform business, “but we can now offer our customers more choice with expertise in open source software as well.”
According to PDS, all Provident staff will be joining PDS as part of the acquisition. That includes COO Angela Daniels, who will become director of the Computing Architecture Group – heading PDS’ provisioning and platform management software services.
Park said the skills added by the incoming group of consultants in open source, Novell Zenworks, and Novell identity management systems would complement PDS’ capabilities in configuration management with the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and LANDesk.
PDS will maintain an office in the Sheboygan area indefinitely. The company already has Wisconsin offices in Appleton, Brookfield, Madison, and Wausau, and outside the state it has offices in Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Columbus, Ohio.
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