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February 20, 2020

Aspirant and Applied Cloud Systems Announce Partnership


The Pittsburgh-based organizations created the partnership to help clients at a holistic, company-wide level with Microsoft Cloud from both business and technology perspectives.

Aspirant, a global management consulting and technology firm, and Applied Cloud Systems (ACS), an information technology company focused on Microsoft Cloud, today announced a new partnership. Both companies are based in the Pittsburgh area.

This partnership will operate at a company-wide, holistic level for clients by combining Aspirant’s broad management consulting, technology, and change management capabilities with ACS’s industry-leading expertise in Microsoft Cloud to help organizations achieve the benefits promised by cloud computing.

“Aspirant has business and technology expertise in numerous industries, including pharmaceuticals, consumer products, healthcare insurance, and manufacturing and distribution,” said Mike McClaine, President of Aspirant. “Combining that understanding with the ‘one-of-a-kind’ Microsoft Cloud capability of ACS will deliver tremendous value to our customers.”

“There is a strong culture match between our two companies, especially related to client focus,” said Applied Cloud Systems CEO Brian Dupper. “We are committed to delivering real results for our clients, and Aspirant has the same approach.”

Aspirant centers its technology practice on strategic and transformation projects and the development of corporate-level applications and integrations. Applied Cloud Systems delivers results in four strategic areas of Microsoft Cloud, including Modern Workplace, Business Applications, Applications & Infrastructure, and Data & AI. ACS’s service areas include all of Microsoft’s Cloud platforms: Azure Infrastructure and Platform Services, Office 365, PowerBI, and Dynamics 365. Both companies are Gold Microsoft Partners.

James Hughes, CTO of ACS, added, “ACS is a proven top Microsoft partner in providing the in-depth technical expertise to help companies move to modern technologies. Our relationship with Aspirant will help leaders capture even greater business benefit by realigning business processes and embedding change that is aligned with technology implementation.”

“Aspirant’s Technology Solutions team has developed corporate-level applications and integrations for leading companies for many years,” said Aspirant’s Technology Solutions Director, Phil Kossler. “When we combine our capabilities with the Microsoft Cloud expertise of ACS, we create an offering that will deliver the next level of customer value.”

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Aspirant is an innovative, values-driven global management consulting and technology firm. We utilize integrated expertise to drive business strategy and transformation across Organizational Effectiveness, Marketing & Innovation, Operations, Technology, Digital, and Program and Project Leadership. We are differentiated by our lean teams of experienced consultants, our innovative model fueled by leading-edge technology, our close partnerships with clients, and our commitment to client capability and sustained success. In addition, we are dedicated to raising awareness of and helping prevent domestic abuse through the Connection of Hope campaign.


At Applied Cloud Systems, we are committed to helping our customers embrace the vast capabilities the cloud has to offer. Areas such as infrastructure, development, software applications, business intelligence, and platform solutions are all within our wheelhouse. By properly leveraging these cloud offerings, we can help your business lower costs while simultaneously driving innovation and business value. Our primary goal is to help you maximize your technology investments by bringing our years of IT and business experience coupled with the latest technology. Find out more at

Aspirant partners with business leaders to implement practical solutions to their most critical strategic, technological, and talent-related challenges. Our collaborative teams apply industry and functional expertise to help clients achieve sustainable results. We also strive to make a meaningful impact in the community by raising awareness of domestic violence and supporting victims through our Connection of Hope program. For more information, contact

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