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The Planet Group Acquires Data And Analytics Firm Strive Consulting

Outsourcing and consulting firm The Planet Group, backed by private equity firm Odyssey Investment Partners, has acquired Strive Consulting -- a provider of management consulting, technology enablement, data and analytics services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This is technology M&A deal number 770 that ChannelE2E has covered so far in 2021. See all technology M&A deals for 2021 and 2020 listed here.

The Planet Group Acquires Strive Consulting: Business Backgrounds

The Planet Group, founded in 2009, is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices in the U.S. and Europe. The firm provides professional services and human capital services to customers in such verticals as technology, diversified energy and engineering, accounting and finance, human resources, healthcare and digital marketing.

Strive Consulting, founded in 2016, is also headquartered in Chicago with offices in Atlanta, ColumbusDallas and Minneapolis. The firm has more than 400 employees.

The Planet Group, armed with Strive Consulting, gains specialized advisory, consulting and staffing services

The Planet Group Acquires Strive Consulting: Executive Commentary

Tim Simmerly, president, The Planet Group
Tim Simmerly, president, The Planet Group

Brian Ganser, CEO, Strive Consulting

Tim Simmerly, president of The Planet Group, commented on the news:

"We are very excited to welcome Strive Consulting and their employees to The Planet Group of companies. Both organizations share an entrepreneurial spirited culture and are focused on delivering excellence with world-class consultants and leadership, which makes Strive a perfect fit for Planet. Together, we will be focused on offering end-to-end technology consulting solutions to clients across the globe."

Brian Ganser, Strive's CEO, added:

"Since day one, our vision has been to build a phenomenal company that creates opportunities for its people and delivers industry-leading solutions for our clients. We are excited to join The Planet Group and are confident that our expanded capabilities will benefit our clients tremendously while providing more opportunity for our people. I couldn't be more excited about our future and the opportunity to work with The Planet Group to take Strive to the next level."

The Planet Group's Growth and M&A Activity

Strive Consulting is the sixth technology firm that Planet has acquired since 2018. In May 2021, The Planet Group launched Rokster, a consulting firm specializing in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, blockchain and business intelligence. Additionally, Planet in January 2021 formed Planet Technology, which which consists of legacy Planet technology staffing divisions and multiple acquisitions -- such as WinterWyman, I.T. Works Recruitment, Interactive Business Systems and OmniPoint Staffing.