10th Magnitude Acquires Northwest Cadence For Azure-related DevOps, Analytics, App Modernization Expertise

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10th Magnitude, a solution provider specializing in Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud infrastructure, is boosting its DevOps capabilities and its geographic reach with the acquisition of Northwest Cadence.

The acquisition by 10th Magnitude, a Chicago-based solution provider and Microsoft's 2017 hybrid cloud and infrastructure partner of the year, of Bellevue, Wash.-based Northwest Cadence gives the company a huge step up in bringing Azure to business clients, 10th Magnitude founder and CEO Alex Brown said.

The kind of DevOps and data analysis expertise Northwest Cadence has developed are essential to helping customers with their digital transformation plans, Brown told CRN.

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Brown said his concept of digital transformation is all about automating the IT to enable businesses to run in the cloud as a way for them to focus their IT staff on developing their own intellectual property. "Digital transformation unlocks the ability to move quickly so IT is no longer a drag," he said.

That places DevOps and data analysis front and center when it comes to helping businesses in their move to the cloud, Brown said.

"We're trying to deliver agile IT to customers, and DevOps is a critical part of that story," he said. "As we deliver automation in Azure, DevOps also delivers automation in application development."

Northwest Cadence brings advanced skillsets in DevOps, analytics and artificial intelligence, and application modernization, Brown said.

"Prior to the acquisition, we had core capabilities in all these areas," he said. "Northwest Cadence will help us extend our lead and go to a much deeper level of expertise."

Brown admitted that 10th Magnitude could have deepened those skills organically rather than through acquisition. "But Northwest Cadence's skills are truly world-class," he said. "Building that expertise is long and difficult. We needed to move much faster."

Also important is Northwest Cadence's focus on Azure, Brown said. "They have a very complementary understanding of the Microsoft ecosystem," he said. "Overnight, we expand our Microsoft Azure capabilities."

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