A premier European digital services business, Ascent, has announced the acquisition of business intelligence (BI) and data engineering company BiLD Analytics. The acquisition of this company represents another achievement in Ascent’s ambitious growth strategy to create a powerful combination of advanced data capabilities, software, and cloud capabilities to help customers build their digital muscle.

Stewart Smythe, CEO at Ascent said, “There’s a real innovation surge in our target market right now that is focussed on rebuilding customer experience, both physical and digital – and data is right at the heart of this movement. Acquiring BiLD extends our reach into nearshore EU talent hubs and will help us meet the mushrooming demand for engineering services we’re seeing as our customers increasingly prioritize driving value from their data.”

BiLD’s strong engineering capabilities, which fit precisely with Ascent’s focus, were one of the key factors in the acquisition decision. The data engineers at BiLD are highly qualified in Azure, Databricks, and Snowflake, as well as having complementary skills in Tableau, PowerBI, and Qlik. In his new role, Diogo Dias, BiLD’s founder, and managing partner will oversee Ascent’s new strategic Portuguese talent hub as part of the company’s leadership team.

Diogo Dias, Founder, and Managing Partner at BiLD said: “We’re delighted to join the Ascent team, blending our expertise in data engineering with Ascent’s scale and maturity in digital solution development, best practices, and methodologies. Becoming part of Ascent will allow us to keep building on our specialism in ecosystems like Azure and Databricks whilst enabling us to scale faster – and naturally, I am excited about the new career opportunities this brings to our teams.”