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About Us


Strategic Data Systems has been a valuable part of the Information Technology community in southwest Ohio since 1992.  We take pride in hiring superstar software developers and value building professional relationships with employees, customers, and the greater IT community.  We work with companies across the country, but focus our efforts in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana.  Our services include
          • Remote development project teams are located in Cincinnati, OH and in Dayton, OH and allow you to outsource projects to expert teams in either Java or .Net based technologies.
          • Professional services provide you with skilled individuals who have been thoroughly vetted and are ready to join your team.
          • Consulting Services provide experts through our Center of Excellence.


When Talent Matters, Customers Choose SDS

Who is a typical SDS Customer?

    • An IT manager with a tight deadline who needs to supplement their on-site staff with the right person having the right skills, right now.
    • A business manager who has a project to deliver and a budget, but their internal IT department is dedicated to more strategic projects.
    • A business with no formal IT staff who needs a consultant to help them understand how to how technology can improve their business.
    • An entrepreneur with a vision who needs to build a solution that they can start using as soon as possible.
    • A manufacturer hoping to take full advantage of the manufacturing resources available to them to increase capacity, manage inventory, reduce waste, and use available resources to their fullest potential.
We specialize in many vertical industry segments including Finance, Retail, Manufacturing, Insurance, Healthcare, and Electronic Publishing.  The Center of Excellence has allowed us to partner with manufacturing experts, including David Flynn and Tom Wilmanns.  David and Tom have run large manufacturing organizations and provide expertise beyond technology to make your shop floor as efficient as possible.

See Our Work


A world in which every business has secure access to transformational technology that unites people, processes, and information; delivered by a community of tremendously passionate, skilled developers.


Why do we get out of bed in the morning?

We believe in transforming our customers' businesses using technology.
Information Technology can improve every aspect of a business, whether it be an on-line ordering solution for a national grocery chain (we did that!) or a workflow solution for a local steel company (we did that too!).   
A job well done gives our employees a sense of satisfaction that they contributed to our customers’ success, and our customers love us for the tremendous improvements they see to their business. 


Leadership Team

The owners founded Strategi Data Sytems in 1992 and began their careers as software developers. They understand both the business and technical side of what it takes to build a software project and believe in surrounding themselves with a strong leadership team that can deliver value to our clients.
SDS has served businesses in many sectors throughout southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and eastern Indiana for over 25 years.
Our goal is to hire exceptional talent that allows us to give you the right person, right now or to confidently develop robust software solutions at one of our two project development centers.
SDS Play Book
David Pledger

David Pledger

Managing Partner
Keith Stafford

Keith Stafford

Managing Partner
Steve Held

Steve Held

Vice President of Business Development
Phil Japikse

Phil Japikse

Director of .NET Operations / Architect
Dean Myers

Dean Myers

Director of Java Operations / Architect
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