I.T. By Design, Sparkhound Inc. Create Strategic Partnership

February 22, 2012

Baton Rouge, La. – Sparkhound Inc., a full-service IT firm with locations in Baton Rouge, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, and I.T. by Design, a full-service technology firm in Baton Rouge, have created a strategic partnership that will leverage Sparkhound's technical expertise in Core Infrastructure and Application Development and allow I.T. by Design to focus its efforts on mobile applications. "The partnership will enable I.T. by Design to focus on its core business portfolio – mobile and web application development," said I.T. by Design President Mike Thrower. "Our customers who receive solutions in Core Infrastructure will now be serviced by Sparkhound, who I believe is the right partner for their long-term business needs and technology challenges."  I.T. by Design, who formerly provided custom software development, network infrastructure and learning solutions, will now focus solely on its mobile and web application development. Sparkhound will take over I.T. by Design's Core Infrastructure division and five client accounts within the division.  While Sparkhound has its own mobile software development capabilities, the partnership with I.T. by Design will provide additional depth as Sparkhound is able to incorporate the I.T. by Design team onto projects as necessary. "By leveraging the expertise of both companies on opportunities like mobile application development, we will continue to give our customers a competitive advantage in their respective industries," said Sparkhound President and CEO Shawn Usher. "We are excited to grow this partnership for years to come." The mobile application market continues to grow rapidly. According tofirst-reporteddatafrom NielsenSmartphoneAnalytics, a new effort that tracks and analyzes data from on-device meters installed on thousands of iOS and Android smartphones, the average Android consumer in the U.S. spends 56 minutes per day actively interacting with the web and apps on their phone. Of that time, two-thirds is spent on mobile apps.    About Sparkhound With offices in Baton Rouge, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, Sparkhound Inc. was established in January 1998 with the goal of redefining how technology services are delivered in the marketplace. Sparkhound provides companies with business solutions including: Application Design and Development; Infrastructure Design and Development; Business Process Analysis; Project Management; Business Consulting; and expertise in technologies such as Microsoft Windows Server; Microsoft Exchange; Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. For more information, visit Sparkhound.com.   About I.T. by Design LLC Established in 2003, I.T. by Design focuses on development of custom software solutions designed to give organizations a competitive advantage. Following trends in technology, I.T. by Design now focuses most of its resources on the development of native and browser-enabled mobile applications targeting smartphones and tablets. I.T. by Design is headquartered in Baton Rouge, and has clients throughout the country. For more information, visit www.ITbyDesign.us.
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