Ventive gobbles up Pluto

Ventive, a custom software, platform, website, and application development, UX/UI design, data acquisition, Business Intelligence & CRM customization firm based in Boise, announced yesterday that it has acquired Pluto, an interactive product design, web development, digital strategy, and ecommerce product and service agency.

From the press release announcing the acquisition:

The purchase of Pluto, based in Boise, Idaho, further increases Ventive’s share in the digital product and custom software development markets. “Welcoming Pluto’s talented team will provide our clients with an even higher level of innovative product design and support,” said Jonathan Cardella, CEO of Ventive. “The acquisition is also expected to result in greater operational efficiencies and significantly increase our market share,” added Andrew Beck, COO of Ventive.

“A partnership was formed with Ventive to help Pluto broaden its ability to serve larger global clients,” commented Justin Yonk, Managing Director of Pluto. “Our expertise in open source development, creative execution, and complex project management will complement Ventive’s growth strategy, and we’ll benefit by joining a larger firm with access to more resources.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Ventive has agreed to acquire the assets of Pluto. Pluto will cease operating as a separate company upon completion of the integration and Ventive will serve Pluto’s existing clients.

CLM launches Fair app

As the 2017 Western Idaho Fair gets set to kick off, CLM and the Fair have added a new feature to give fair-goers another way to find everything that’s happening throughout the course of the event.

The Western Idaho Fair mobile app gives users access to schedules of events, maps, vendor locations, ticket purchasing options, the ability to create their own custom calendar of events and more.

Read more about CLM’s work on the Fair app here.

Wire Stone acquired by Accenture

Last week news came out that Accenture has acquired Wire Stone to expand Accenture Interactive’s creative marketing capabilities and talent in North America.

Wire Stone as founded in 2000, when five independent digital shops – including two in Boise – merged to form the company. Today, Wire Stone has nearly 200 employees in offices throughout the United States and works with clients such as Microsoft, HP Enterprise and HP Inc., PayPal and eBay. Dan Lynch, Wire Stone’s CEO, recently shared his thoughts on the acquisition on their blog.

This acquisition is Accenture’s fifteenth in last five years, and Accenture Interactive is ranked the world’s largest digital agency in the latest Ad Age Agency Report.

Stoltz Marketing Group announces new leadership

Stoltz Marketing Group in Boise recently announced their leadership transition, with internal promotions to form a new executive team. That new team is comprised of:

Agency founder Ken Stoltz will remain as Chairman, and will still play an active role in the company.

Full details about the agency’s leadership transition is available here. Congratulations to all.

How do you replace yourself?

That’s the question Russ Stoddard is trying to answer as we speak.

Oliver Russell is looking for a Managing Director. And their post about the position starts like this:

How do you write a job description for your replacement?

It’s an interesting question, and a challenge, no doubt. Think you might be a good candidate? Read more about the position, and contact our friends over at Oliver Russell if you feel so inclined.