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GLITR Tech Tour Across Michigan Coming to OST Today « CBS Detroit

16 May

GLITR editor Matt Roush

Today, GLITR  (Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report) journalist Matt Roush stopped by the OST Grand Rapids offices as part of his Michigan Tech Tour.

This spring Mr. Roush is focusing on homegrown technology entrepreneurship in relatively young, growing companies.

Here are some pictures from his interview and tour:


30 Mar

EPIC Award finalist

It seems as though everybody is throwing around the word epic, to the point that some have even banished it for overuse! Google-ing the four-letter adjective yields searches of ‘epic fail’, ‘epic games’, ‘epic healthcare’ and ‘epic 4g’, but nowhere in the top few pages can you find an entry for ‘epic companies.’ For OST, Epic means 2 things: our healthcare technology services and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce E.P.I.C. award, which stands for Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Innovative and Collaborative.  This year, we are greatly honored to announce that Open Systems Technologies is a finalist in the Excellence in Business category. What does it take to win an EPIC award? An answer from the GRACC:

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Going Paperless

16 Mar

Legal Copy Services is a company that dealt with a lot of paper (emphasis on a LOT…). While they were a small company, thumbing through files and searching through stacks was still manageable.

However, as the company grew, Legal Copy Services began to have problems storing and managing such mass quantities paper.

Enter the OST Application Development team, heroes in the world of enterprise technology solutions. They were able to do away with the forest of file cabinets, compiling all that information onto one screen. This new program consolidated and organized Legal Copy’s intellectual services saving them time and money and stopping them from having to hire more employees in the short-run.

But we didn’t stop there. A major component of our Application Development team is the business strategy and architectural consulting practice.  Led by App Dev principal Brian Anderson and Senior Consultant Matt Brickner, OST recommended some changes that greatly improved internal efficiency.  In fact, Matt himself actually set up shop in the Legal Copy offices, at a desk smack-dab between the CEO and Operations Director. This method allowed for an unparalleled level of communication between vendor and client.

So what happened when all the jumbled paper finally settled? (which is just a poor idiom now since all that information has been uploaded into secure databases.) Well, Legal Copy Services has become an even more efficient and effective company, they’ve been able to hire the employees at a healthy rate and, thanks to the new tools they were equipped with, they were able to grow their business.

Happy Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

It’s Valentine’s Day in the Open Systems Technologies Kitchen. Today’s lovely lunch was catered by Salvatore’s. Desert was enjoyed from Lomonaco’s Sicilian Cookies and our favorite pie shop. Our musical guest was the talented Michael Schaeffer, who played authentic Italian melodies on his accordion.