Whittman-Hart was the anchor of MarchFirst, the firm Barnard created when his company acquired USWeb/CKS at the height of the Internet frenzy. MarchFirst had a spectacular collapse when the Internet bubble burst.
Barnard currently operates Form and Function Consulting Inc. and will integrate operations of that firm and Whittman-Hart.
"It feels wonderful," Barnard told the Tribune. "It's also ironic, obviously."