Maven Wave is a technol- ogy consulting firm and Google Cloud Premier
Partner, which helps enterprises
harness the cloud for data-driven
digital transformation. Combining consulting expertise with agility, Chicago-based Maven Wave
guides clients to digital innovation,
providing solutions that are flexible, rooted in analytics, and built in
the cloud, says Brian Farrar, Partner and Co-founder. Farrar sat
down with Consulting to discuss.
Consulting: What were the main
factors that contributed to your firm’s
Farrar: In short, Maven Wave’s ex-
ponential growth has been fueled by
the following factors: Rapid adoption
of cloud computing by large enter-
prises and corporations; Strategic use
of big data across the value chain; Re-
alization that sophisticated machine
learning models provide unique in-
sight for organizations; and, a strong,
meaningful relationship with Goo-
gle Cloud, as well as other partners.
Over the past decade, enterprises
have witnessed the remarkable shift
to a consumer-based approach that
is embedded into rapid technological
advancement on a global scale. When
Maven Wave was founded by current
partners Jeff Lee, Jason Lee, and Bri-
an Farrar, there were only glimmers
of digital transformation happening
across the enterprise space. Cloud
adaptation was slow and limited
to just a handful of industries, and
data’s potential to change the busi-
ness landscape was not fully realized.
But as industry veteran consultants,
they saw promise in not only imple-
menting but laying the foundation
for, change management across larg-
er companies that tend to be a bottle-
neck for innovation.
Consulting: How is this year shaping
up for your firm?
Farrar: Maven Wave has seen year-over-year growth, and 2018 is shaping up to be the best year yet for the
company. Maven Wave anticipates
growth to proceed at a pace of over
80 percent this year, reaching revenues north of $85 million for 2018.
Consulting: How would you describe
your firm’s outlook for 2019?
Farrar: Maven Wave is excited
about our prospects for 2019. Enterprise clients are increasingly integrating business process, data, and applications with artificial intelligence
to gain insight, create new services,
and modernize their businesses for
the digital era. Maven Wave’s service
proposition, skill sets, and experiences are uniquely positioned to assist
world-class companies in adapting
these technologies to their businesses. Although Maven Wave assists clients in a variety of industries, we see
2019 as a year that financial services,
health care, and high-tech manufacturing firms make substantial commitments to these efforts. Given our
previous experiences in these spaces,
we believe we are well positioned for
Consulting: What would you say are
your firm’s biggest challenges?
Farrar: Finding top quality talent
with cloud skills and the x-factor
we look for in a Maven Wave is the
number one challenge we face in
growing the company.
Consulting: What does being named
one of Consulting’s Fastest Growing
Firms mean to your firm, your
employees and your clients?
Farrar: We are honored to be
named one of Consulting’s Fastest
Growing Firms. We have worked
hard to get to this point, and for our
success, growth and team to be recognized is a feat for us all.
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