Ask Roger! was founded in 2007 as a communication specialist and has grown, in the last 15 years, into the largest independent Microsoft, omnichannel, contact centre and video specialist in the Netherlands. AskRoger! now joins Interstellar. Hogenhouck m&a advised the shareholders of AskRoger! in this transaction.
Faster digital transformation
CEO Rob Winkel about digital transformation and why AskRoger! chooses to join Interstellar: “Telecom is converging towards a workstream within the ICT domain, a transition that even further accelerated as a result of the corona pandemic. Ask Roger! is in a more than excellent position to accelerate growth while simultaneously transforming into an organisation with more proactive services that match customer expectations. As part of Interstellar, we can further optimize our service portfolio, continue to guarantee our quality and continuity and develop faster.”
Specialized in Teams platform
Ask Roger! is a Microsoft Gold Cloud Productivity Partner and specializes in Advanced Calling, Advanced Meeting & Teams Rooms. The close collaboration with Microsoft has resulted, amongst other things, in the development of a digital counter service for the Teams video conferencing platform.
Excellent addition to the Interstellar collection
Interstellar is a group of generalist IT service providers and specialist IT companies. All companies are autonomous companies with their own identity, quality and specialisation. Together they form a strong collection for the digital journey of SMEs today. Interstellar represents a total of more than 600 employees and a turnover of 140+ million euros.
CEO Maarten van Montfoort: “With the addition of Ask Roger! we are able to offer our customers an excellent addition to the collection and we will take a leading position in the Dutch market in this area in one fell swoop.”
“Ask Roger! remains, like all other members of the group, a stand-alone company with its own quality and culture. By connecting us with the Interstellar collection, we can all benefit from the joint expertise and qualities ,” says Rob Winkel.
Rob Winkel continues: “By joining Interstellar, we can offer our employees interesting development programs and we can continue to challenge employees through cooperating and sharing expertise with other participations within Interstellar”.
The management of Ask Roger! will be continued by founders Rob Winkel and Patrick Scherbeijn. The third founder, Gerben Hoogwerff Kroon, leaves Ask Roger! to continue his work at ROGER365.io that offers contact center solutions.
Clear strategic fit
With its service portfolio in the Microsoft Teams environment, the business of AskRoger! is very topical. Iris van Weel, director Hogenhouck m&a, about this transaction: “This has been a very focussed process with the three shareholders. In Interstellar we found a very clear strategic fit, which will bring new opportunities for the company as well as for the directors of AskRoger!”