HQ: RESTON, VA.
1Rivet is a consulting firm that integrates technology services and
delivery expertise within your organization to help solve business
problems. “We take a pragmatic
approach, leveraging proven methodologies to get things done faster,
without compromising quality,”
says Eric Middleton, CEO and
Managing Partner. And it’s working. The firm posted a 137 percent
growth rate and is Consulting’s
No. 27 ranked firm. Middleton sat
down with Consutling to discuss
Consulting: What were the main
factors that contributed to your
firm’s exceptional growth?
Middleton: We posted significant
growth from delivering complex
systems integration, data visualization, strategic consulting and talent
acquisition to leading enterprises.
Our management of the high-pro-file merger of two regional banks
raised our visibility as experts in
system and data integration, data
warehousing and core banking
systems. Our Talent Acquisition
practice continued to show steady
growth, and we’ve leveraged that
success by launching a Strategic
Outsourcing practice, which arose
because we saw demand for capable outsourcing of operations tasks
ranging from offshore development
to running a help desk or supporting
Consulting: How is this year
shaping up for your firm?
Middleton: This year is another phenomenal year for 1Rivet.
We’ve grown organically by gaining new projects from existing
clients, as well as by adding new
clients at an increased pace over
2015. We’ve been gaining traction
in financial services, communication, and utilities and see a need
for similar consulting in additional industries.
Consulting: How would you
describe your firm’s outlook for
2017? Where do you see the
Middleton: Our offerings of IT
M&A, Delivery Management and
Data Integration remain our core
specialties, but our Customer Experience and Data Visualization
teams are diversifying our project
mix as we head into 2017. Serving
up visually appealing data in a busi-ness-relevant, easily digestible format is a big challenge for many organizations, so we see our solutions
in those areas continuing to expand.
The industry is changing. Clients are
tired of paying high dollars for the
big firms and getting average delivery or worse yet, project failures.
Clients know with us, they get reliable estimates, handpicked project
managers, clear communications,
the flexibility to adapt to changes,
and on time, on task delivery.
Consulting: What would you
say are your firm’s biggest
challenges in 2017?
Middleton: Like many of our clients,
we’ll be challenged with finding team
members that can handle the pace
and preparedness we’re known for.
We’re fortunate that our Talent Acquisitions team includes people who
are terrific at sourcing the right candidates, both for us and for our clients.
Consulting: What does being
named one of Consulting’s
Fastest Growing Firms mean to
your firm, your employees and
Middleton: 1Rivet is tremendously
honored and to be included in this
prestigious list. We understand the
hard work, determination and focus
it takes to even be considered for this
list. We’re grateful the amazing clients and team members that allowed
us to achieve this award and will propel our growth for years to come.