AOS Sold to Minnesota IT Giant

Alexander Open Systems, which grew from an IT and communications-services startup to become one of the region’s largest private companies, has been sold. ConvergeOne of Eagan, Minn., a global IT services provider announced today that it has acquired AOS, founded in 1992 by Gary Alexander, executive chairman.

ConvergeOne counts among its clients nearly 60 percent of Fortune 100 companies, and 42 percent of the Fortune 500, in such varied sectors as health care, finance, manufacturing, education, and energy. Going forward, its Overland Park unit will be known as AOS, a ConvergeOne Company, and it will be led by John Lyons, most recently president of field organization for 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,” Lyons said. 

“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.”

Serving more than 11,000 clients around the world, ConvergeOne has partnerships with more than 300 global industry leaders, including Avaya, Cisco, Genesys, IBM, and Microsoft to customize specific business outcomes. It’s been a busy month for the Minnesota company; less than three weeks ago, it announced a merger with Forum Merger Corp. in preparation to become eligible for listing on the NASDAQ exchange.