DecisionPoint Advises Mentora on Acquisition by Forsythe Technology

DecisionPoint Advises Mentora on Acquisition by Forsythe Technology

Charlotte, NC; September 27, 2012 — DecisionPoint, a leader in M&A advisory services for middle-market technology companies, announced today that its client Mentora Group (“Mentora”), a provider of managed hosting, managed services and application performance testing with locations in Atlanta, Northern Virginia, Dallas and Boston, has been acquired by Forsythe Technology (“Forsythe”), an information technology (IT) infrastructure integrator. This acquisition helps Forsythe expand its managed and professional services business and is Forsythe’s ninth major acquisition in the last 11 years.

“Acquiring Mentora is a transformational step for Forsythe,” says Bill Brennan, Forsythe president and CEO. “Mentora brings top-tier leadership and specialized skills around managed hosting, managed services and application performance testing. The acquisition will help Forsythe in its strategy to grow its managed and professional services. Mentora’s comprehensive managed hosting services include managed network, storage, systems compute and database services. Their process and skill sets in all these areas will enable Forsythe to expand its managed services beyond security and network to include all areas of IT infrastructure.”

“Forsythe offers unparalleled infrastructure solutions. Plugging Mentora into the Forsythe family will bring Forsythe customers a unique one-stop-shop approach to all their data center solutions needs.” said Doug Ellis, Managing Partner at DecisionPoint.

“We are very excited about this acquisition by Forsythe and what it will mean for our customers,” says Kathryn Saunders, Mentora president and chief operating officer. “Bridging our services with those of Forsythe will allow us to offer a greater range of IT solutions including IT strategy, data center engineering and migration, IT operations, and risk mitigation, as well as technology solutions and financial services. Like Mentora, Forsythe is committed to a high-touch customer model and we feel it is a perfect match.”

Founded in 1994, Mentora is known for hosting, testing and tuning business-critical systems. The company has provided technology services for business-critical applications for more than 10 years, and is recognized as a pioneer in the new generation of application hosting, and as a long-standing thought leader in testing services and application deployments. Their customers include online properties and other business-to-business (B2B) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) organizations. Mentora is also a well-recognized provider of application and infrastructure performance testing services. It is known for its ability to test customers’ systems, diagnose bottlenecks and recommend tuning solutions. Its service delivery team is made up exclusively of senior-level professionals who average more than 15 years of experience in their disciplines.

Effective immediately, Mentora will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Forsythe Technology. Kathryn Saunders will continue as president and COO of Mentora, a Forsythe company. With the acquisition of Mentora, Forsythe’s workforce now numbers more than 900 people in more than 50 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

About Mentora
Mentora tests, hosts and manages high-availability, high-performance systems. We provide custom managed hosting for critical revenue-driving applications on dedicated, virtual, private cloud and hybrid cloud infrastructures. We specialize in performance testing of Web applications and ERP suites including eCommerce, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Oracle r12 and message-based systems. We have offices in Atlanta, Northern VA, Dallas and Boston and deliver services nationwide. For more information, visit www.mentora.com.

About Forsythe
Founded in 1971, Forsythe is a North American information technology (IT) infrastructure integrator. Forsythe’s clients include 30 of the Fortune 100 and many other Fortune 1000 companies. Organizations across all industries come to Forsythe for help with optimizing the cost and managing the risk of their IT while improving performance. Forsythe provides independent IT and business consulting services, technology financing services, and value-added reseller services for all the leading IT manufacturers. Forsythe, which is privately held and 100-percent employee-owned, had 2011 revenues of $1.1 billion. For more information, visit www.forsythe.com.

About DecisionPoint
DecisionPoint is a unique leader in M&A advisory services for middle-market technology companies and their venture capital investors in the software, services, cleantech, biotech, healthcare IT and communication sectors. For additional information on DecisionPoint, visit www.DecisionPointINT.com.

For further information contact:
Doug Ellis, Managing Partner; (704) 248-1122; dellis@decisionpointint.com.