Summa Acquires LotterShelly Combining our Collective Design Strategy and Technology Expertise

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Summa, a provider of IT consulting and system integration services and solutions, has acquired LotterShelly, a firm that designs product strategy and user experiences for customers with complex applications.

Summa, a provider of IT consulting and system integration services and solutions, has acquired LotterShelly, a firm that designs product strategy and user experiences for customers with complex applications.

Mark Lotter and Skip Shelly started LotterShelly in 2003 and built a successful strategic design practice through traditional design skills learned at Carnegie Mellon University and interdisciplinary software design approaches learned at Software Engineering Institute and MAYA Design Group. A small consultancy with five designers, LotterShelly has worked with local and global clients across a variety of industries.

During their seven-year partnership, Summa and LotterShelly have successfully completed many projects together. Their joint work focuses on designing and delivering mission critical solutions that are highly usable and useful, while also being reliable and technically robust.

“User Experience Design is a vital component of the success of our full lifecycle development projects,” said Audrey Dunning, CEO of Summa. “Integrating LotterShelly and Summa’s design and agile software development methods and experience brings significant business value to projects. Collectively, we help our customers improve time to market, reduce risk, and drive collaboration and consensus across business and IT stakeholders.”

"As the UX Design Practice at Summa, we'll be able to deliver new value to our customers, grow to meet increased demand and work more closely with technology experts that complement our design thinking,” said Mark Lotter, co-Founder of LotterShelly. “Our team is up for the challenge and excited about the possibilities."

“It has become more essential to the success of IT projects to combine user experience design and technology, “said Joel Smith, Chief Information Officer, Carnegie Mellon University. “We have worked with the Summa and LotterShelly team and have found the combined design and technology approach invaluable to driving the modernization of our Student Information Systems.”

Summa adds the LotterShelly team of five designers as part of the acquisition. Summa also expands into LotterShelly’s Design Studio in Pittsburgh’s East End, which is rapidly emerging as a technology center. The Design Studio will continue to serve as the home for the growing UX Design Practice at Summa and operate as a workspace for customer design sessions and agile product development projects. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Summa
Since 1996, Summa has been providing high-impact IT consulting services and customized, commercial-grade software development and integration for companies ranging from regional businesses to Global 2000 firms. Summa specializes in helping companies evaluate and implement IT application modernization strategies to better meet their business objectives and is an industry-leading provider of business process management, application integration, cloud application, portal and content management solutions. For more information, contact us at 412-258-3322 or sales(at)summa-tech(dot)com, or visit http://www.summa-tech.com.

About LotterShelly
LotterShelly strives to define strategic goals for businesses and design solutions that both serve the business and delight customers. Since 2003, LotterShelly has helped global and local organizations develop product strategy, understand customers and manage large-scale projects. LotterShelly also develops prototypes, conducts user research and testing and designs detailed user interfaces for complex, software-intensive information products. LotterShelly uses the design process as a tool to generate new business value for organizations, increase their design capabilities and provide excellent customer experience.

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