Breens Network and QS solutions join forces

AMSTERDAM, MARCH 28 2024 – Breens Network and QS solutions have entered into a partnership to become the IT partner for organizations looking to accelerate and optimize their digital transformation using Microsoft technologies. The collaboration strengthens their position as IT and security partner in the Netherlands and abroad. The combination is able to better support customers in solutions and services around the security of Microsoft 365, Azure, and data. Together, Breens Network and QS solutions form a strong Microsoft partner.

Breens Network, a Dutch Edtech collective, is one of the largest Microsoft resellers in the educational ecosystem in the Netherlands, providing licensing expertise, system integration, managed services and inhouse developed software solutions. Consisting of IT-Workz, Educator, Progress Onderwijs, SLBdiensten and Breens IT-Solutions, the Breens Network collective covers the full range of educational technology, from advice, infrastructure and IT management to proprietary tools and platforms that provide operational agility to educational institutions and contribute to making the process of learning more efficient and more fun.

QS solutions is a recognized ISV and MSP in the Microsoft ecosystem and internationally active in the field of cyber resilience of organizations, ensuring that employees work as safely and productively as possible, regardless of their location or device. For this, Microsoft technology is used and in-house developed software such as the Cyber Security Assessment Tool (CSAT), PortalTalk, and Qare365.

The companies are transitioning from an education specialist and Modern Work and Security company to one company that can guide customers in digital transformation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), optimization, and security of the IT environment. Together, they will continue this in multiple sectors, including education, healthcare, local government, and small and medium-sized organizations. In addition, the partnership will enable the group to leverage its software and services abroad by using the existing partner channel of more than 800 partners worldwide.

Both companies have been active for over 20 years and have a large customer base together, with the possibility to broaden the portfolio with additional managed services and products. The partnership is a strategic move that enables the group to combine the strengths of both companies. With years of market knowledge, it can meet the needs of customers by providing a more extensive range of security offerings.

Breens Network Director Charles Stork:The partnership with QS solutions ensures that we can develop and make available education-specific assessments, solutions, and services around the security of Microsoft 365, Azure, and data to education. The vulnerability of education in the field of cybersecurity turns out to be very large time and time again. Developments such as AI only make insight into your vulnerabilities more urgent. The partnership with QS solutions will have a lot of added value for education.

QS solutions Director Paul Dols:Our collaboration with Breens Network strengthens our Managed Service Provider and Azure capabilities, enabling us to deliver enhanced Data and AI offerings. Our product development capabilities have doubled, resulting in improved economies of scale and product development quality. Together, we are a formidable Microsoft partner in the Netherlands, with our international Partner Channel providing ample opportunities to distribute our joint products.

About Breens Network

Breens Network, a Dutch Edtech collective, is a place where education and technology are brought together to help create the future of learning and personal development. With its origin in the realities of educational practice, the Breens Network collective not only speaks the language of educational institutions and education professionals, we also understand students’ ambitions. Working closely together with our clients, we translate their needs into technological solutions enriching the individual process of learning and cementing the future of education. Breens Network serves a total of over 2.5 million pupils, students, teachers and professionals in the fields of primary, advanced, secondary vocational and higher education.

About QS solutions

QS solutions is an international company focused on working efficiently in a safe manner. As a Microsoft partner, QS solutions works on better cyber resilience of organizations, ensuring that employees work as safely and productively as possible, regardless of their location or device. For this, Microsoft technology is used and in-house developed software such as the Cyber Security Assessment Tool (CSAT), PortalTalk, and Qare365. For maximum user adoption, smart software adjustments and customization are used to make the digital workplace simpler and safer. This increases productivity while the organization enjoys optimal security.

About Capital A

Breens Network and QS solutions are both part of the portfolio of the private equity firm Capital A. Capital A is one of the oldest private equity firms in the Netherlands and has its origins at ABN AMRO in the 1980s as an investment fund focused on SMEs. Since 2018, Capital A has continued independently with the same strategy & focus since 2012, i.e. that of investing in fast-growing companies (either autonomous and/or acquisitive) in close partnership with entrepreneurs. From its offices in Amsterdam and Antwerp, Capital A manages approximately 700 million euros in assets under management and has a portfolio of more than 30 companies that are predominantly active in Europe. Investors supporting Capital A include ABN AMRO, Alpinvest, Bregal, Five Arrows, LGT, entrepreneurs of (former) portfolio companies, and the Capital A team itself.