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Open Line Group acquires Connected Data Group

Connected Data Academy is an interesting addition to the service portfolio


Maastricht Airport, April 4, 2022. Open Line, provider of managed cloud services to over 140 companies primarily active in healthcare, local government, social housing and industry, has fully integrated Connected Data Group, provider of data and analytics services that stimulate digital transformation, as of March 16, 2022. The two companies had already been working together intensively for several years and decided to strengthen their ties, resulting in the acquisition by Open Line Group.

Connected Data Group has its office and training centre in Culemborg and was founded in 2017 by Erik Fransen and Antoine Stelma. The company, which employs six Data & Analytics professionals in addition to the two directors, offers Data & Analytics services in collaboration with a number of leading technology partners. The company specialises in Data Management & Data Governance, Agile Data Architectures and Analytics & Business Intelligence.

More value out of data

Emile Stam, CCO of Open Line, is proud of the integration. “With Connected Data Group we can respond to our customer’s desire to gain more value out of data. Topics such as Agile Data Architectures, Business Intelligence, Data Science and Data Management & Governance are part of the core knowledge set of Connected Data Group, where their professionals can boast many years of experience at leading client organisations.” Stam indicates that themes like data, information and analytics are, without exception, high on the strategic agenda. “With the addition of Connected Data Group, we are convinced that we can provide our customers with even better and more complete services.”

Connected Data Group offering training and education itself is an additional asset to Open Line, explains Stam. “Connected Data Group established the Connected Data Academy, the training provider for data and analytics professionals. This will also offer Open Line’s customers the opportunity to participate in customised education, training and workshops.”

Logical move

Erik Fransen, co-founder of Connected Data Group together with Antoine Stelma, regards the acquisition as a logical move. “This integration provides advantages for our customers. They can benefit from Open Line’s managed cloud services and tap into the knowledge and experience we bring to the table in the field of Data & Analytics. As a Gold Partner of TIBCO, we have been a leader in, among others, the housing corporation market, government and industry for years in data integration and management with TIBCO Data Virtualisation. Microsoft Power BI and SingleStore complement our unique Connected Data & Analytics Platform.”

“Connected Data Group is able to help organisations and professionals in the digital transformation to optimally work data-driven. We are proud that as part of Open Line we will now support our joint customers in this journey”, says Antoine Stelma.

Connected Data Group will continue to operate under its own brand, with the subtitle ‘an Open Line Company’. The two founders will continue to work within the organisation.


Open Line, founded in 2002, is a managed cloud service provider with branches in Maastricht-Airport, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Schiphol, Landgraaf and Valencia (Spain). Open Line provides its managed cloud services to companies in healthcare, local government, social housing and logistics and does so with over 270 employees.

More information:
Open Line, Emile Stam: +31 (0)6 – 15 05 52 90 – emile.stam@openline.nl
Connected Data Group, Erik Fransen: +31 (0)6 – 15 94 44 76 – erik.fransen@connecteddatagroup.com