Exigent Technologies welcomed in the New Year with news of its first business merger. The New Jersey-based managed IT and cloud services company is pleased to announce it has acquired Information Architects, a Morris County, New Jersey-based IT services company specializing in systems integration, core platform technologies, managed services and virtualization.

“This strategic business agreement is a major marker in our company’s 18-year history and positions us to better serve our customers by broadening our expertise and creating more customer value for each technology dollar invested,” says Exigent President Dan Haurey. “We are honored to welcome Information Architects to the Exigent family and work as one team, under one roof and one brand, to meet our customers’ needs and forge new relationships with business owners and managers that view technology as a strategic asset within their organizations.”

The merger strengthens and extends Exigent’s advanced technical expertise around custom IT solutions and enhances the firm’s cloud services and managed services portfolio by expanding its specializations in disaster recovery, security, networking and virtualization. It also provides a more comprehensive service engagement model to Information Architects’ existing customers.

As part of the merger, Exigent welcomes the leadership of Information Architects founders Eric Burke, who joins Exigent as vice president of technology, and Frank Vizzuso, who serves as vice president of sales. Exigent is also pleased to expand its technical engineering, support and operational teams to include all of Information Architects’ associates.

“We’re all very excited by this union,” says Burke. “The deal brings together two high-caliber, customer-focused organizations with long track records of success, creating a very capable team with uncommon depth and breadth in the New Jersey, New York IT consulting marketplace.”

The founders of Exigent Technologies and Information Architects met several years ago at an Ingram Micro VTN Invitational. The two firms maintained a friendly, yet competitive relationship over the years. Haurey approached Burke and Vizzuso about a potential merger in early 2014. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’ve always admired Dan’s passion for the business and quickly learned that we share the same values,” says Vizzuso. “At the end of the day this is a huge win for all involved, especially our customers and associates.”