Alphanumeric Systems says it has completed the final phase in its plan to acquire a large group of systems engineering and sales staff based out of Columbia, Greenville and Charleston, SC.

The addition of these personnel will make Raleigh-based Alphanumeric the only integrator in the Southeast to be both a Novell Platinum Partner, as well as a Microsoft Managed Gold Partner certified at the Enterprise level for implementations in excess of 1,000 seats.

The move boosts the 24-year-old company’s staff to nearly 300, deepens its strategic technical capabilities, and substantially expands its geographic presence in the Southeast.

Formerly of The Computer Group of South Carolina, the new Alphanumeric employees became part of the Technology Services arm of IKON Office Solutions when that company began acquiring high-end integrators in the mid-1990s.

On Sept. 1, Alphanumeric brought aboard 12 members of IKON’s Sales and Projects Team, and on Nov. 6, the final phase of acquisition was completed when Alphanumeric added another 11 team members from IKON’s Network Operation Center and Statewide IT Support Services.

“The decision on the part of these employees to come under the wing of Alphanumeric as an established and historically successful integrator represents a win for all involved,” Steve Chase, executive vice president of Alphanumeric, said in a statement. “It means that IKON customers served by this group will continue to receive superior uninterrupted service, augmented by the substantial integration support Alphanumeric can provide them.”