NATICK - Two local companies that help keep small businesses' information technology systems running smoothly have merged. The Computer Guys Inc. yesterday said it has combined its business with Tecniks Inc.
Two local companies that help keep small businesses' information technology systems running smoothly have merged.
The Computer Guys Inc. yesterday said it has combined its business with Tecniks Inc. Both privately held firms were located in Natick but are now based in the Computer Guys office at 90 Park Ave., just off Rte. 9 in Natick. The combined staff is 25.
John Stone, who co-founded the Computer Guys with Frank McDonough in the early 1990s, said adding Tecniks' will allow his company to expand its managed services, or monitoring systems for customers' servers and networks to spot problems before they get out of control.
"We've been in conversations since about a year ago,'' Stone said yesterday. "One of the things we've been looking to do is grow the company through mergers and acquisitions.''
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Computer Guys will phase out the Tecniks name but keep some of its product brands, such as TecCare preventative maintenance program.
Tecnik was formed nearly four years ago when Robin Seavey combined his Lowell-based Computer Troubleshooters business with a similar one-man operation owned by Ed Gillot. Seavey is now director of technical services for the combined company. Gillot remains a shareholder but is not involved in day-to-day operations.
The Computer Guys offers "break/fix" services starting at $135 per hour as well as managed services for a monthly fee that varies depending on the package. Managed services make it easer for chief technology officers and other company administrators to keep IT budgets under control.
"We're really pushing toward the managed services platform,'' Seavey said. "It's kind of the trend in the industry. That's the push.''
Most of the company's customers are companies with 15 to 45 employees, Stone said, adding that the company has abut 450 businesses under contract or regularly ordering services. The Computer Guys business is concentrated in MetroWest but it does have some clients as far away as Cape Cod whose computers can be checked remotely.
Seavey said the company wants to expand its managed services business across New England.
"The core will be here in Natick but we're looking at expanding the business regionally, by virtue of how we're modeling the business.''
(Greg Turner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-626-3909.)