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OST London: Open for Business

17 Feb
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OST London

After many nights dreaming of fish ‘n chips and pints of Boddington Ale we have established an official location in the United Kingdom!

On December 1st, 2013, we decided it was time to take a trip (one-way) at the request of one of our multi-national clients and open up shop.

Although expanding into another country has its difficulties – from opening a limited corporation, to creating distribution channels for re-selling HP, Cisco and Dell products – the expansion into London is a move we’ve been planning for the past two years.

At OST London we offer everything from managed IT services, data center solutions, architecting, virtual desktop infrastructure, cloud design services to even hardware reselling. We have also recently become an authorized reseller for HP, Cisco and Dell in the UK. We’ve just completed our first order and it looks like another is not far behind!

Dan Behm, President of OST, believes that “having a global presence will make OST even more desirable to our existing enterprise accounts, and it may be a part of what attracts new multi-national companies to do business with us.”

We’re hopeful the next 12-18 months will be a blast – from the English Breakfasts and rides on the London Eye to the anticipated $10 million in revenue.

Above all, however, what makes this such a neat experience is being able to bring our unique culture with us – one that values its employees and their families first. As Dan always says, “If our focus is on our people first, then we get the kind of people who focus on our clients. Then the rest comes.”

If you’re ever in the area, stop by. We’d love to chat and have coff.., wait, I mean tea. See, we’re learning?

Our office is just southeast of Robin Hood Gardens and just north of the River Thames, at 1 Paul Julius Close, Blackwell Yard, Blackwell Way E14 2EH.

We are really excited about this expansion and look forward to doing what we do best! #WeLoveThisStuff

OST’s Magic Recipe for Chicken (Dancing)

28 Aug

Whitecaps 2013192. That’s how many tickets I handed out for this year’s OST Night at the Ballpark – our annual summer celebration for our Grand Rapids employees and their families. 192! That’s one hundred more guests than last year!

Growth. That’s what we’ve been experiencing – but not just this year, every year. As a matter in fact, just last week we found out that OST landed on the Inc 500 | 5000 list for the seventh year in a row as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US. We recognize this level of exponential growth is unprecedented and are grateful every day for the opportunities it provides, but how does that happen? What’s the secret?

Well, I’ll say it here, but it’s been said hundreds of times before me– we believe that one of the main contributions to our success has been this magical little recipe that our entire organization follows when making all major business decisions:

  1. Employees First
  2. Clients Second
  3. Profits To Follow

Back in 1997 when Hanson was Hmmbop-ing on the radio and overalls were über chic, OST was formed. And right from the beginning, the team decided to always make sure that employees needs were the company’s top priority, followed by the clients. They didn’t let the neon of the 90’s cloud their decision and to this day we are led by a team that understands if you take care of your employees first and your clients immediately following, the profits will fall into place.

So when the seventh inning stretch rolls around and the chicken dance starts to play, we at OST feel confident that we are part of a family that supports us and respects us as individuals, and we shake our little tail feathers with no hesitation.  When you know the company you work for has your back, it’s much easier to stand tall and put in your best effort, every day. And that, we believe, is one major reason we have been able to continue to grow and succeed.

Photos from the Whitecaps game: http://www.flickr.com/photos/open-systems-technologies/sets/72157635137308197/


Lizzie Williams, Marketing Specialist at OST

Lizzie Williams
OST Marketing Specialist

Lizzie Williams is the Marketing Specialist at OST and focuses on creating, executing and measuring marketing programs and events to support the growth and expansion of the OST brand, products and services through traditional and creative digital marketing activities.
Prior to OST Lizzie was the marketing coordinator for the Center for Community Leadership, a program of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The combination of her experience in community leadership and technology has led to her involvement with a variety of organizations that work creatively to solve community issues such as Habitat for HumanityFriends of Grand Rapids Parks, Opening Village Doors, WGVU and the Saint Mary’s FoundationFeel free to connect with her via twitter or linkedin.