New Signature, the 2014 Microsoft US Partner of the Year, announced today that it has acquired CMS Consulting Inc. and Infrastructure Guardian, both based in Toronto, Ontario.

New Signature, the 2014 Microsoft US Partner of the Year, announced today that it has acquired CMS Consulting Inc. and Infrastructure Guardian, both based in Toronto, Ontario. By adding Canadian operations with deep technology expertise in Microsoft Azure and cloud infrastructure solutions, New Signature continues its aggressive strategic expansion of capabilities and market coverage as North America’s premier cloud focused Microsoft partner.

CMS Consulting is an award-winning Microsoft Gold solutions provider specializing in Microsoft Azure and next-generation IT infrastructure. Infrastructure Guardian (IG) is an ISV and Managed Services company focused on data center and cloud management. Infrastructure Guardian’s Azure Cloud Governance Portal provides companies with transparency and control over subscriptions, usage and spending associated with their Azure enterprise account.

CMS Consulting and Infrastructure Guardian will operate under the New Signature brand. The Canadian executive team will remain in place with CMS and IG founder Brian Bourne assuming the role of President of New Signature’s Canadian operations. New Signature’s executive team will continue to function as it does today with Jeff Tench as CEO, Neil Hobbs as Chairman and Christopher Hertz as Founder and President.

“This acquisition is exciting as it enables New Signature to execute on our mission to be the partner of choice for Microsoft customers in North America,” said Tench. “With CMS Consulting and Infrastructure Guardian we are adding two extremely vibrant and technically advanced companies that share our same values and vision for growth. The combined company will deliver a set of comprehensive services and will create a true lifecycle
relationship with our customers.”

The acquisition comes on the heels of the investment announcement New Signature made at the end of April which detailed a $35 million funding commitment from Columbia Capital, a prominent venture capital firm based in Alexandria, VA. The investment is being used to fuel expansion of the company’s capabilities and geographic coverage through organic growth and acquisition with a focus on Microsoft cloud technologies and managed services.

“As the IT industry continues its migration toward cloud technologies, customers are demanding that solutions be built and operated ‘as a service’ for their specific business needs. The combined ability of New Signature, CMS and Infrastructure Guardian will give customers on both sides of the border a robust and well-rounded partner to design, build, deploy, operate and govern Microsoft based solutions,” said Bourne. “New Signature’s focus on customer experience and cultural values made for an obvious fit.”

“I am thrilled that Brian Bourne and his talented team are joining New Signature. We share a common vision of the future – one in which we will help our customers transform their businesses and realize value through the use of Microsoft’s cloud platform,” said New Signature Founder and President, Christopher Hertz.

The combined firm is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has offices across 14 U.S. states and in Canada.

About New Signature

New Signature is a Microsoft National Solution Provider headquartered in Washington, DC and with employees in 14 states. Our mandate is to deliver compelling experiences to everyone we work with– customers, colleagues, partners, vendors and the greater community. As full stack Microsoft experts, we have helped hundreds of midmarket and enterprise customers transform their business by adopting Microsoft cloud solutions such as Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online. We deliver an amazing experience to our customers by helping them solve business challenges with Microsoft solutions. Our process-driven approach is specifically designed to consistently deliver success to customers that need support for complex projects that require substantial creativity, strategic vision and stellar technology expertise.

About CMS Consulting

CMS Consulting Inc. is a professional services firm that designs, deploys and operates Microsoft infrastructure technologies and cloud solutions for Canada’s best corporations and public sector organizations. Clients rely on us for deep technology expertise in cloud computing, systems management, platform services and directory services.

About Infrastructure Guardian

Infrastructure Guardian (IG) provides governance, operations and advisory services for public, private and hybrid cloud environments. The IGCM Cloud Governance Portal for Microsoft Azure makes it easy for enterprise IT organizations to govern their cloud spend and usage. IG also offers an award-winning managed service for health and performance monitoring of IT infrastructure across data centers, end-points and the cloud. Infrastructure Guardian services can be hosted in our clients’ data centers or the cloud, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, please visit

Contact Information:

Alison Garback
New Signature
(202)-452-5923 x 389

Alex Chan
New Signature Canada (formerly CMS Consulting / Infrastructure Guardian)