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08/29/2008 - Alt 29 Acquires Innovative Server Solutions

Innovative Server Solutions, an outsource information technology (IT) company, has been acquired by Alt 29. As part of the transaction, Alt 29 received stock in Innovative Server Solutions (ISS), and ISS principal Tim Erlandsen has joined Alt 29 as manager of its outsource IT department. The acquisition is beneficial for all parties, according to Kirt Runolfson, executive vice president for Alt 29.

Launched as an outsource IT provider, ISS has grown rapidly over the last five years. One of the major clients was a chiropractic practice spanning multiple locations. The IT service provided by ISS enabled one centralized business site for doctors practicing in various parts of the city. Chiropractors have HIPAA requirements and restrictions identical to all medical offices, so ISS provided the infrastructure for the safekeeping of medical records, insuring compliance. Each Chiropractor, and each assistant used a tablet PC on a secure wireless network to manage their client load. It was ISS's task to make sure the entire network remained secure and functioning properly. ISS also provided business continuity and disaster preparedness for their clients.

Erlandsen became the go-to person with expertise to an expanding customer base – while also managing his own business. Business grew to the point that ISS had to expand. The solution for Erlandsen was to become part of Alt 29 – a larger company with whom he already had a good relationship. As a result, Erlandsen now has an entire team of experts, including security experts, to help with the expanding client base.

At Alt 29, Runolfson warned, “we have seen an upswing in ‘key loggers’ – backdoor invasions -- Trojans that allow hackers to take charge of computing machines.” This means an upswing in identity theft and client accounts being broken into. To thwart hackers and guarantee client safety, Alt 29 extensively uses the Linux operating system , which is resistant to hackers, as an important security feature, according to Runolfson.

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