At a Glance
"Very good at developing high-quality IT project teams"
Employees are given responsibility and not micromanaged
Challenging and interesting engagements
Review process ranges from none to "inconsistent"
Little managerial contact
"Significant management changes"
Little to no training available
About Alliance Global Services
Uniting and splitting
Alliance Global Services is a provider of software solutions to middle-market commercial software and technology companies, with offices in the U.S. and India. Some of the services offered by the firm include strategic IT and business intelligence consulting, custom application development and packaged software integration, data warehouse integration and application management outsourcing. Alliance Global Services is one of two companies that resulted from the August 2008 split of Alliance Consulting, the other being Alliance Life Sciences, a health care consultancy. The split was the latest in a string of major corporate changes for Alliance Consulting, which was founded in 1994 by Craig Spitzer and Denny Shestack. The firm, originally focused on advising clients in the health care market, was acquired in 2002 by Safeguard Scientifics, a holding company that invests in life sciences and technology firms. Following the acquisition, Safeguard chose to combine Alliance Consulting with a pair of its IT subsidiaries, keeping the original name.
In 2006, the firm's assets would again be rearranged. Alliance Consulting sold its operations in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Dallas to Logicalis, Inc., for $4.5 million, using the sale to fund the purchase of Fusion Technologies, a New Jersey-based consulting firm with a strong presence in India. The transaction, which gave the company its current office in Hyderabad, effectively doubled its outsourcing capability in India and introduced some important names to its client list, such as Nucor Steel, Merrill Lynch and Dun & Bradstreet. With the leverage of its new offshore delivery centers, the firm set about growing its business intelligence, .Net, global delivery and open source services and solutions.
In May 2008, Safeguard sold its interest in the firm to Saints Capital, a secondary direct investment company with a portfolio of investments initially cultivated by other venture capital and private equity firms. Although this deal would ultimately lead to the separation of the life sciences consulting operations from the IT consulting operations, it did not derail or otherwise alter the firm’s activities and growth goals. John Castleman, executive vice president of Alliance Consulting, was named president and CEO of Alliance Global Services. The firm’s headquarters remains in Conshohocken, Penn.
Made to order
One of AGS’ major practice areas is application development and integration. The firm can design custom applications for pre-existing frameworks like .NET foundations and code blocks, Spring framework and Flex framework. It has also developed its own specific frameworks for recurring business problems, including a workflow framework, a payment processing framework and an identity management framework. The practice additionally produces content management systems for corporate websites, product websites and publishers, and offers portal solutions spanning intranets, extranets, social networks and mash-ups.
Tested and approved
AGS has achieved a number of industry certifications, including ISO 9001:2000, SAS 70 Type II and SEI SW CMM Level 5 status. These certifications are earned following audits of a company’s internal processes based on models determined by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), and annual follow-up audits are conducted to ensure continuing compliance with the models. AGS also meets the BS7799 standards for the security of intellectual property. Over the course of engagements, the firm protects clients’ security with a project management tool that acts as a central repository for all global delivery project information.
Six Tower Bridge
181 Washington Street, Suite 350
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Phone: (610) 234-4301
Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: SFE
Stock Exchange: NYSE
President & CEO: John Castleman
2010 Employees (All Locations): 650