In 1974, programmer analyst Bobby Stevenson and two additional partners recognized a need for technical experts who could help companies keep up with the fast-evolving world of computer technology. The trio founded Ciber, which was an acronym that stood for “Consultants in Business Engineering Research.”
Stevenson became full owner of the company in 1978 and served on its board of directors until 2010. Under his leadership, Ciber grew through client-relationship building and sales until the 1990s, when an aggressive growth-through-acquisitions strategy began.
C.P.U., a New York-based consulting firm with six offices, some $16 million in annual sales and a client list that included Northern Telecom and Xerox Corporation.
Spencer & Spencer Systems, Inc., a consultancy specializing in computer programming, and California-based Business Information Technology, Inc., a five-office consulting firm with some 500 clients and $20 million in annual sales.
Nine acquisitions: Practical Business Solutions, Inc., TMG Associates, OASYS, Inc., Technology Management group, Inc., TSG Associates, Spectrum Technology Group, and the Business Systems Development division of DataFocus, Inc.
KCM Computer Consulting, Inc., a consultancy dedicated to commercial- and public-sector clients.
Three acquisitions: Advanced System Engineering, Computer Resources Associates, and the Summit Group, which specialized in multi-line ERP solutions and brought Ciber a proprietary supply-chain-logistics software, as well as implementation expertise for Lawson, J.D. Edwards, Oracle and BAAN.
Digital Software Corp and the Isadore Group, which became the roots of Ciber’s PeopleSoft Higher Education practice.
ARIS, a firm that brought in a team of Oracle and Microsoft experts, and Metamor, a company with a long history of public-sector expertise.
Decisions Consultants, Inc., a leading professional services firm with approximately $100 million in annual revenue.
Five acquisitions: SCB Computer technology, a professional services firm serving government agencies; AlphaNet, which added critical mass to Ciber’s secure Network Operating Center (NOC) and 24/7 system monitoring business; FullTilt, an addition that doubled Ciber’s Philadelphia and Pittsburgh operations, and two companies in the U.K. – Ecsoft and Ascent Technology, which substantially expanded Ciber’s European footprint.
Novasoft, a top integrator for the retail industry and Knowledge Systems, a Bangalore, India-based firm specializing in customer application development.
Iteamic Private Limited of Bangalore, India (2008) to further increase operations in the country.
Canon Technology Solutions, Inc. (2009), which allowed Ciber to expand its IT Outsourcing division.
Segmenta A/S (2010), a Denmark-based SAP consulting company that further strengthened Ciber’s European presence.
Ciber sold its Federal division and related assets to CRGT Inc., to narrow its focus and concentrate resources on core offerings and market segments.