ROYAL OAK – When does one plus one equal three? When Rehmann acquired Grandville-based Trivalent Group, a top 100 managed IT services provider, in April. One of the major players in this acquisition was James Carpp, Director of Consulting at Rehmann. He provides the back story on this segment of M2 TechCast.

Carpp said Rehmann decided years ago it needed to beef up its IT services. So the CPA firm had been shopping around trying to find the right fit. Trivalent also was looking for ways to penetrate the Southeast Michigan market to provide its managed IT services. Talks began last summer and culminated in April with the announcement that Rehmann had acquired Trivalent.

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Trivalent has offices in Grandville, Traverse City, Battle Creek, East Lansing and Midland. Now, with the Rehmann merger, Trivalent has expanded its services through Rehmann offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Farmington Hills, Troy, plus many more in Ohio and Florida.

Earlier this year, Rehmann CEO Randy Rupp explained why one plus one makes three: “In our profession, technology is becoming so important for our future. Artificial Intelligence bots are preparing tax returns for the Big Four accounting firms.  IT is becoming integral to where our profession is going. Cyber defense is also a big part of it. Our clients are begging for us to help them fend off cyber attacks, like Ransomware.”

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