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Automation Alley awards IPS Technology Services with top honor

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 21, 2015




A Troy information technology solutions, consulting and staffing firm and its founder continue to win accolades.

Automation Alley, a technology business association, named IPS Technology Services its Member Company of the Year Oct. 2 at the Automation Alley Awards Gala.

According to the the group’s website, “since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley’s membership has grown to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions, government entities and nonprofit organizations from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region.”

Automation Alley has its headquarters in Troy, off Big Beaver, but includes companies from throughout southeast Michigan.

“We named IPS Technology Services the Automation Alley Member Company of the Year because of their ongoing efforts to tell other tech-focused companies in the region about the value of an Automation Alley membership,” Ken Rogers, executive director of Automation Alley, said via email. “In particular, Pradip Sengupta has been a cheerleader for Automation Alley for many years. He’s very involved in our Technology Committee and other activities. We truly appreciate his dedication and support.”

Sengupta, president and CEO of IPS Technology Services, was also among those named as diversity business leaders in the Corp! Magazine Michigan Salute to Diversity awards Sept. 10.

Jennifer Kluge, publisher of Corp!, said the nominees are vetted by the management team, and the editorial staff selects winners. 

She noted that there were over 600 nominations from across the state and over 60 winners.

Sengupta said he believes diversity is important for the workforce, since the workforce ultimately becomes consumers.

Born in Calcutta, Sengupta has lived in Troy for 30 years and has been a member of the Troy Chamber of Commerce since 2003.

He’s been involved in Automation Alley since its inception and has worked in leadership positions for a number of companies before he formed his company in 2009, growing it from what he described as a startup to what is now an early second-stage company.

His goal is to be a stable and growing second-stage company by 2020.

“We have been growing exponentially very fast,” he said.

He said he enjoys devoting time and resources to business and community groups. Last November, he was appointed to serve a three-year term on the board of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. His company also sponsors the Troy High School orchestra, as well as organizations to help disadvantaged youths.

“I want to contribute whichever way I can,” he said.