IT and professional services provider ASGN Inc. has acquired Skyris LLC in a move to strengthen its expertise in geospatial and open source intelligence and data analytics solutions.
As part of the acquisition announced Oct. 1, Skyris and its 75 technical and cleared employees are now part of ASGN’s ECS segment. They will be integrated into ECS’ mission solutions business unit focused on Defense Department, intelligence community and federal civilian programs.
Virginia-based Skyris specializes in remote sensing and data science expertise for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and is a prime contractor on NGA’s Multi-Intelligence Analytical Collection Support Services contract vehicle. Its relationship with NGA will also enhance ECS’ presence in defense and intelligence.
ECS President George Wilson said his company welcomes Skyris to the team, especially as demands and data requirements of the intelligence community continue to accelerate.
“As a result, the need for cleared remote sensing and data-science-related expertise outweighs the available workforce,” Wilson added. “Skyris is meeting and exceeding the mission needs of its customers. We look forward to supporting Skyris’ current contracts as well as accelerating our growth together.”
Skyris also maintains a proprietary Data-as-a-Service offering, which expedites the collection and analysis of open-source intelligence data at scale.
“By leveraging ECS’ platform of capabilities, customers, contract pathways, and cutting-edge technology partnerships alongside Skyris’ geospatial intelligence and data expertise, ASGN will further advance the mission-critical solutions we offer our customers,” said Ted Hanson, ASGN president and CEO.
Skyris co-founder and CEO Michael McGowan said Skyris is honored to join ECS.
“The need for improved data collection, analysis and advanced IT systems has reached an all-time high,” he added. “Our technical capabilities combined with the strength of the ECS platform will propel our combined companies forward at just the right time to address the proliferation of geospatial data.”
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP served as legal counsel on the transaction for ASGN, and Skyris retained Greenberg Traurig as legal counsel and Chertoff Capital as investment banking adviser.