Thomas Technology Solutions and ThomComp Inc., integrators for, are being combined into a single business unit--Content Data Solutions Inc.--effective Oct. 1. The new company will continue to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Thomas Publishing Company, which publishes the Thomas Register.

ThomasTech and ThomComp were previously sister companies. Their merger won't yield any changes to their product offerings. Combined, they will continue to provide prepress and content management solutions to publishers, manufacturers and other industries, as well as the Digital Publishing Website Solution, Directory Publishing Solution and Database Extract Tool.

This merger is definitely a good move by the parent company; and a move that should really have taken place a long time ago. In addition to the same parent, both companies competed in the same market with overlapping services and their headquarters were fairly close as well. By combining their efforts, the new Content Data Solutions Inc. will have an immediately strong presence in the marketplace. Customers will most likely get even more robust services as a result of the melding of both companies' capabilities. In addition, Thomas may be able to yield some cost savings in the process if the merger involves eliminating some redundancies (particularly in back office functions).