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Nearform joins forces with Formidable

Nearform announces it has come together with Formidable in a strategic acquisition enhancing our global client offering

Nearform is excited to welcome Formidable, a leading software engineering and design consulting firm, to its team.

Irish-founded Nearform is a team of engineers, designers and strategists who build digital capability and software solutions for enterprises. Formidable, founded in Seattle, boasts over a decade of experience in delivering a wide range of professional software engineering services, including design, digital transformation, product delivery, cloud migration, and developer training.

Alongside Formidable, Nearform will continue to define, design and build platforms and future-ready products that modernise organisations and connect communities. Together, by enhancing its client offering, Nearform and Formidable will further champion engineering excellence and technical expertise, generating new opportunities to attract and nurture exceptional talent.

A transformative partnership that’s a natural fit for two open source pioneers

The announcement of Formidable’s acquisition is a strategic leap forward for Nearform who have gained significant momentum over the past two years, following the December 2020 investment from Columbia Capital, the 2022 appointment of Satty Bhens (ex-McKinsey & Company Digital Partner) to the Nearform Executive Board, and most recently in May, the appointment of Koby Avital (former EVP of Technology Platforms at Walmart) as Strategic Advisor.

Commenting on the transformative partnership, Ciarán Cosgrave, Chief Executive Officer at Nearform said, “Bringing Nearform and Formidable together felt like a natural fit from the start; we share a common heritage in the craft of design and engineering and a firm belief in the power of code to be a force for good and deliver enduring positive outcomes for our people, our clients and our communities. Our collaboration combines the artistry of expertly-crafted code with a relentless commitment to innovation that will empower a broader spectrum of enterprises. Together, we’re in a strong position to become one of the leading premium independent creators of software solutions.”

“Nearform joining forces with Formidable brings two pioneers of the open source web platform together to make a professional services powerhouse – we’re so excited for what happens next”, added Nearform founder Cian O’Maidin.

NearForm and Formidable elevate their existing strengths and become stronger, together

Formidable’s robust client base – including Puma, Lululemon, Starbucks, and Walmart – and significant US-based presence neatly dovetails the existing Nearform business structure and service offering, supporting a smooth integration for both teams. Formidable brings complementary technical capabilities to Nearform’s portfolio of expertise, whilst providing a springboard for growth into key sectors like retail/ecommerce.

“Partnering with Nearform will allow us to elevate our existing strengths in providing top-notch engineering and product/design expertise with an amazing unified team with extensive capabilities. By harnessing our collective technical acumen, industry insights and service partnerships, we’re set to deliver elevated product integrations. Together, our open-source synergy reinforces our unwavering commitment to nurturing and advancing the technical community. This is a thrilling opportunity to elevate our people while providing clients with new innovative solutions,” added Ryan Roemer, Chief Executive Officer at Formidable.

About Formidable

Formidable is a global design and engineering consultancy, and open-source software organisation, specialising in digital products and transformation. Since 2013, Formidable’s growing team has worked with companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 100s to build quality digital products and level-up engineering and design teams.

Insight, imagination and expertly engineered solutions to accelerate and sustain progress.