Faces Of The 2019 Next Gen 250

Here we present 25 companies on CRN’s 2019 Next Gen 250 list, highlighting the solution providers that have developed skills, solutions and services around the leading-edge technologies that are driving the IT industry today.

Living On The (Technology) Edge

You could say there are two kinds of businesses: those that can utilize the latest information technologies for competitive advantage and those that fall behind. Behind many of those successful businesses are solution providers with expertise in the leading-edge technologies providing the guidance the businesses need.

It’s no surprise the most successful solution providers understand there are big opportunities in developing solutions, services and expertise around today’s leading-edge technologies.

Cloud computing, big data analytics, the Internet of Things, software-defined networking, advanced cybersecurity and DevOps/application—these are the technologies at the forefront of today’s IT industry. Because many businesses, especially SMBs, rely heavily on their solution providers to help them make the best use of advanced technologies, solution providers who develop expertise and practices around these products are the most valued by their business customers.

The solution providers on CRN’s annual Next Gen 250 list are selected through research, vendor and analyst interviews, and CRN editorial coverage. Some of the companies on the non-ranked list were founded specifically to work with the new technologies while others have developed next-generation technology skills and services alongside their more traditional IT products and services.

Eighty solution providers on this year’s list, nearly one-third, are new to the Next Gen 250.

The following are snapshot profiles of randomly selected 25 companies on the 2019 Next Gen 250 list.

Aeon Computing

Top Executive: Jeff Johnson, Co-Founder

Location: San Diego

Year Founded: 2012


Aeon Computing is all about performance, designing and deploying integrated high-performance computing, clustered computing and storage solutions for computer-aided research and production applications. The company boasts expertise in advanced Lustre and ZFS file system technology.

Alchemy Technology Group

Top Executive: Travis Graham, Partner

Location: Houston

Year Founded: 2016


Alchemy is an IT advisory, consulting and reseller firm that handles projects in identity and access management, data center refreshes, IT system health checks and assessments, thin-client and zero-client implementations, remote user access, cloud Pod architecture implementations, and application personalization and profile management.


Top Executive: Paul Goldberg, CEO

Location: Boca Raton, Fla.

Year Founded: 2014


AlturnaTech’s specialty is transforming legacy data centers using hyper-converged infrastructure, enterprise data management, network-attached storage, private cloud storage, hybrid cloud systems, software load balancing and SD-WAN solutions. The company is closely allied with hyper-converged system provider Nutanix.


Top Executive: Christopher Carter, CEO

Location: Muskego, Mich.

Year Founded: 2012


Approyo is a leading SAP partner, providing consulting, solutions architecture, systems migration and upgrades, support, hosting and managed services around SAP’s enterprise software including HANA, S/4HANA, GRC, Leonardo and Hybris. Digital transformation of business processes is a major driver for Approyo’s comprehensive services.

Be Structured Technology Group

Top Executive: Chad Lauterbach, CEO

Location: Pasadena, Calif.

Year Founded: 2010


Be Structured provides IT support services, IT consulting, computer solutions and managed services in Office 365, Azure, G Suite, hosted VoIP, security, data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity across public, private and hybrid clouds.

Bridge Digital

Top Executive: Richie Murray, Founder, President

Location: Goodlettsville, Tenn.

Year Founded: 2002


Bridge Digital specializes in providing managed services, professional services and technology solutions for the media and entertainment industries. The company’s expertise is in digital video workflows, helping creators of digital content build the needed infrastructure to create, manage, distribute and monetize video assets more effectively.


Top Executive: Joey Harrison, President

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Year Founded: 2013


BriteSky offers cloud solutions and services for Canadian businesses with a focus on custom-configured enterprise cloud solutions for midsize and large enterprises. Managed cloud services include cloud data storage, off-site cloud backup, hybrid cloud integration, virtual machines, business continuity and secure file sharing.

CAS Severn

Top Executive: Carson Soule, Co-Founder, Chairman

Location: Laurel, Md.

Year Founded: 2005


CAS Severn provides next-generation infrastructure for multi/hybrid cloud environments. The company focuses on five solution areas: cloud-native infrastructure and storage; cloud-integrated data management, governance and security; containerization and cloud mobility; cybersecurity; and consulting and professional services, including project management.


Top Executive: Imre Szenttornyay, Founder, Co-CEO

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Year Founded: 2009


CieloIT, part of Cielo Global Holdings, offers IT operations, management and support through its CieloCare portfolio of services. Global field service management, ITIL-certified help desk and multilingual call center, and IoT platform and ticketing systems are part of the company’s services lineup.

Comtech Informatique

Top Executive: Philippe Trahan, President

Location: St-Jean, Quebec

Year Founded: 2010


Comtech Informatique’s service offerings span managed cloud, outsourcing and professional services for small and mid-ize companies. Partnering with Microsoft and Cisco, the company provides IT hardware, software and applications to help businesses maximize their productivity.


Top Executive: James Savage, President

Location: Brookfield, Wis.

Year Founded: 1989


Under the moniker “Digital transformation realized,” business and technology professional services firm Concurrency helps companies digitally transform business operations by leveraging data and artificial intelligence, cloud data centers and DevOps, modern applications and workplace productivity. Concurrency is a multiple-time Microsoft Partner of the Year.

Helient Systems

Top Executive: Steve Hatch, CEO

Location: Philadelphia

Year Founded: 2012


IT services provider Helient Systems’ core competencies lie in data center, cloud computing and managed services. Virtual desktop integration and desktops for the legal profession are specialties with the company’s HeliX managed desktop service, based on Microsoft Windows 10.

Hudson River CIO Advisors

Top Executive: Behan Venter, Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Location: Hawthorne, N.Y.

Year Founded: 2012


Hudson River CIO Advisors’ enterprise operations center, a 24x7 analytics-as-a-service monitoring hub, delivers network operations center incident management and IT forensics problem management capabilities. Other offerings include project management, Desktop as a Service, business continuity and CIO advisory services.


Top Executive: Rob Wise, President, CEO

Location: Baton Rouge, La.

Year Founded: 2012


ITinspired’s solutions span data, cloud and voice systems. Areas of expertise include data analytics, virtualization, IT security, networked storage, cloud servers, managed services, managed co-location, hosted VoIP and unified communications.

The Kanavel Group

Top Executive: Charles Kanavel, CEO

Location: San Jose, Calif.

Year Founded: 2011


Kanavel Group’s portfolio of IT consulting and service offerings cover remote monitoring, on-site support, managed help desk, systems migration, data center operations, virtualization, big data management, networks, and private and hybrid clouds.


Top Executive: Janet Stiller, President, CEO

Location: Indianapolis

Year Founded: 2018


LucidiaIT designs and delivers data center and computer network solutions that encompass communication and collaboration technologies, end-user systems, data center technologies, enterprise networks, cloud connectivity, security, managed services and managed security.

Network to Code

Top Executive: John Marchese, CEO

Location: New York

Year Founded: 2014


Network to Code is all about network automation solutions. The company describes its mission as changing the way networks are managed, used and operated, and bridging the gap between DevOps and network engineering/operations.

Nexus Communications Technology

Top Executive: Jim Mazzarella, CEO

Location: Schaumburg, Ill.

Year Founded: 2012


Nexus Technology Communications designs, installs and maintains unified connectivity systems. The company’s business solutions and services include system design, business data, VoIP and unified communications, managed internet and WAN, IP surveillance and access control, and more. Nexus also develops IT solutions for the health-care industry.


Top Executive: Eric Isham, Founder, CEO

Location: Miramar Beach, Fla.

Year Founded: 2017


Omnicommander provides a broad range of outsourced marketing services including social media management, branding and reputation management, email hosting, and website design, development and hosting. The company specializes in ADA-compliant website designs.

Orion Global Solutions

Top Executive: Yacov Wrocherinsky, Founder, CEO

Location: New York

Year Founded: 2015


Orion Global Solutions is a Salesforce consulting partner, offering a range of services around Salesforce application implementation and integration, optimization and value extension. The company boasts expertise with Salesforce Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Community Cloud, Wave Analytics, Salesforce Mobile and Salesforce CPQ.

Shaw Technology

Top Executive: Brad Shaw, CEO, IT Director

Location: Montgomery, Ala.

Year Founded: 2010


Shaw Technology offers a broad lineup of IT services and managed solutions: business continuity, desktop and mobile operating systems, email and collaboration, network design and support, server management, IT security, data center consulting, cloud services, carrier services and telecom expense management.

Spark Technologies

Top Executive: Richard Welch, President, CEO

Location: Rockland, Mass.

Year Founded: 2016


Serving businesses across a wide range of industries, Spark Technologies offers technology solutions and support in managed IT, cloud, backup and disaster recovery, cybersecurity, wireless, mobile device management, data center management and VPNs. The company also provides a comprehensive lineup of virtual CIO services.


Top Executive: Robert Mueller, Founder, Principal Consultant

Location: Chicago

Year Founded: 2016


Ubiquity’s focus is on providing cloud consulting services and building cloud-ready data center and network infrastructure to help companies transition to the cloud and transform their businesses. Areas of expertise include cloud-optimized infrastructure, software-defined everything, security and transformative solutions.

Weaver Technologies

Top Executive: Donald Weaver, Founder, President

Location: Fredericksburg, Texas

Year Founded: 2006


IT consultancy Weaver Technologies specializes in analyzing an organization’s IT infrastructure and developing custom solutions to solve business problems and improve performance. The solution provider’s comprehensive services span hyper-converged infrastructure platforms, virtualization, enterprise networking and security.


Top Executive: Andy Whiteside, Founder, CEO

Location: Huntersville, N.C.

Year Founded: 2012


A leading Citrix partner, XenTegra offers expertise in digital workspace technologies and cloud infrastructure. The company’s consulting, integration and managed services are designed to help businesses enhance their Citrix systems, optimize network performance, secure endpoint devices, and boost productivity by virtualizing applications and enabling workforce mobility.