Systems Alliance, Inc. (SAI), a Baltimore-based consulting firm that helps clients build, assess and optimize IT capabilities and online properties, announced today that it has officially expanded into Nashville with the opening of a regional office downtown at the Fifth Third Center Building, 424 Church Street.
The move was a logical next step for Systems Alliance. For the last several years, the company has served a range of area clients such as Tractor Supply, Asurion, Meharry Medical College and the Tennessee General Assembly via territory representatives. Now, the new office signals a deeper investment into Middle Tennessee and the entire region for SAI, which plans to add additional resources and develop new talent among its three lines of business: Digital Strategy & Delivery, IT Consulting and Software Products. Initial plans include recruiting as many as two dozen business analysts, applications developers, technical architects and project managers. “Expanding the size and scale of our team in Nashville has been on our radar for some time, but we have been careful to have the right resources in place to consistently deliver what we’re known for, which is very high standards for client service and technical expertise,” said Ric Hughes, President and CEO. Experienced individuals who can work collaboratively and who are committed to excellence are encouraged to submit their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indeed, growth has been thoughtfully controlled for the company, which operates just one additional field office, in Atlanta, Georgia, in addition to its flagship Baltimore location. “The strength of our company lies in our ability to build solid relationships with our clients, to understand their challenges with almost an insider’s perspective. We just can’t do that en masse. We need to be selective, and right now, we know we can do that in Nashville.”
Systems Alliance prides itself on having the resources of a large consulting firm or interactive agency, but in a much more accessible package. Longtime SAI client John McGregor at Kronos in Boston illustrated that point recently, “Systems Alliance is just the right size for us. With other companies, you’re a number, and they act like they could do your project in their sleep. But I want the people who are wide awake, who get me, who come to the table with lots of knowledge and experience. That’s SAI.”
Whether it’s guiding a commercial client through a complete IT transformation or helping a university attract the best and brightest students via the web and social media, Systems Alliance takes a strategic approach to every challenge. Sometimes that means rethinking the problem. Josh Crone, an SAI client at Random House attests, “I tell people that Systems Alliance won’t always give you what you ask for, but they‘ll certainly give you what you need.”
In addition to several area clients, SAI’s associations with Nashville include a recently forged partnership with Emma, the email marketing provider which calls The Trolley Barns home. In considering the partnership, the company’s location was an advantage, but what really stood out was its deep client-centric orientation, which Systems Alliance feels echoes its own. In the coming months, SAI will be looking to strengthen its ties to the region further by forging more alliances with Tennessee-based organizations.