Strategic Data Systems drives business success through technology.

We believe companies who can efficiently produce, process, find and consume critical information when it is needed have a significant competitive advantage over those who cannot.

We believe information sharing among employees has great value and highly collaborative teams enhance individual performances.

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Leadership Team

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David Pledger

Managing Partner

David Pledger is co-owner and Managing Partner of Strategic Data Systems. David, an Electrical Systems Engineer and graduate of Wright State University, has both an engineering and computer science background. David worked on many Department of Defense projects early in his career, and eventually focused on database systems and programming. David is mainly responsible for finance, internal operations, and Human Resources at Strategic Data Systems. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and various industry groups. David says, “Our job is to do our very best for our customers and provide employees with an engaging culture."

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Keith Stafford

Managing Partner

Keith Stafford is co-owner and Managing Partner of Strategic Data Systems.  Keith, a Navy veteran and Northern Kentucky University graduate, has a variety of hands-on experience developing software and administering systems throughout his career. Keith is primarily responsible for relationship management with external customers and organizations for SDS.  He is involved with many external organizations, such as National Military Intelligence Association, the Information Technology Leadership Forum, and various boards and industry groups.  “Agile is in SDS’ DNA” according to Keith.

Steve Held

Steve Held

Vice President of Business Development

Steve is a seasoned business development professional with over 25 years of experience. Steve has worked in many different industries, always focusing on some aspect of technology delivery. He is actively involved in the software community at large, treated as a trusted advisor by SDS clients, and an advocate to our employees.

Phil Japiske

Phil Japikse

Director of Consulting/Chief Architect

An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, MCSD, CSM, PSM II, and PSD, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .NET since the first betas, developing software for over 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil is the co-author of the best selling books "C# and the .NET 4.6 Framework" and "Pro C# 7",  and is the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .NET User’s Group and Cincinnati Software Architect Group.  Phil founded the Cincinnati Deliver conference, and is a published author with LinkedIn Learning.

Dean Myers

Dean Myers

Director of Java Operations and Chief Architect

An innovative architect that transforms legacy software systems into strategic global platforms either through organic construction or inorganic acquisition. My experiences in software architecture, mergers and acquisitions, SOA, AWS cloud computing, design, and development provide a strong technical background with a C-level communication skill set.


At Strategic Data Systems, we realize that our strength lies with our team of consultants and their abilities. So it should be no surprise that maintaining their knowledge and skills is a priority. As such, we will continue to invest in our people and stay focused on the technologies required to meet the demands of the market while exploring innovative technologies in preparation of future market demands.

We encourage our team to be strong members of the IT community whether by participating in local user groups, presenting at conferences, or sharing knowledge through appropriate industry publications.

Lastly, we will seek out and hire professionals who are passionate about technology.



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We believe in making smart decisions and foster critical thinking skills in all employees.


We believe that our job is to over-deliver value-driven results to our customers.


We believe honest, candid conversations build trust with our customers.



We believe that curious people show passion and tend to love what they do.


We take an opportunistic approach to solving our customers' problems by leveraging partners when the customer request is not within our core skills.


We believe that relationships are the core of our business.


We believe in the entrepreneurial spirit, as those who never try achieve nothing.  We are willing to explore the merits of your new idea.

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We believe that a strong vision gives employees direction and purpose.


We believe a positive, can-do attitude advances the team as a whole.


We believe that learning new skills is a life long pursuit.


We believe that we are a team working as one.   The whole is stronger than the sum of the individuals.


We believe that we must deliver excellence with every customer encounter.

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Cincinnati Office

11260 Chester Rd, Suite 405
Cincinnati, OH  45246

Dayton Office

7031 Corporate Way, Suite 201
Centerville, OH  45459


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