Maven Wave helps leading companies make the shift to digital and shorten the fuse to innovation. Phil Jennings, Partner, Management Consulting
with Maven Wave, sat down
with Consulting to discuss the
Consulting: What were the main
factors that contributed to your firm’s
Jennings: Since inception in 2008,
Maven Wave has been doubling in
size at least every 20 months. Our #1
asset is truly the team we’ve built.
We’ve brought together a group of
people who deliver a coveted combination of technology skills, industry expertise and an “X Factor,”
—what we call general like-ability,
charisma, and professionalism that
encourages everyone around them
to work harder. In fact, everyone
we hire has this “X Factor”—from
consultants to management to developers. Our relationship with Google Cloud has also been a factor of
growth for Maven Wave. We entered
the Google channel in 2010, and every year since then, we’ve been recognized by Google for excellence in
one way or another. For the last two
years, Maven Wave was named the
Google Cloud North America Services Partner of the Year.
Consulting: How is this year shaping
up for your firm?
Jennings: We’ve been riding an exponential growth wave since mid-
2015, this year included. A major part
of our 2019 story is our continually
deepening relationship with Google
Cloud. Maven Wave has earned 8
Google Cloud Partner Specializations, demonstrating our depth of
expertise. We’ve also taken home
several awards for our services and
corporate culture, including the Google Cloud North America Services
Partner of the Year recognition for the
second year in a row.
Consulting: How would you describe
your firm’s outlook for 2020?
Jennings: We’re headed toward the
era of “smart everything.” The devices around you are going to know
more about what you want, need,
feel, and think, which is going to
create a wide range of opportunities
(and fears). Alongside that is the burgeoning world of data analytics and
machine learning, which involves a
complicated process of “data wrangling” to pull usable information out
of silos and unleash its real potential.
Machine learning will soon be built
into everything that we touch.
Consulting: What are your firm’s
biggest challenges in 2020?
Jennings: Many enterprises are
large, awe-inspiring businesses root-
ed in an antiquated industrial mod-
el. We help organizations like that
overcome the silos and barriers that
keep them from their true potential
in today's digital world. It’s an on-
going challenge to make large-scale
change a reality for thousands of em-
ployees at a single organization in a
short period of time, but our prov-
en model combines change man-
agement with the latest technology.
It’s true that we’re operating in a
volatile market right now, but that
works in Maven Wave’s favor;
change is our business. We’re always
chasing the horizon when it comes to
the enterprise technology space.
Consulting: What does being named
a Fastest Growing Firm mean to your
firm, employees and clients?
Jennings: We’ve been fortunate
enough to land on Consulting
Magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms
list for the past four years and it’s
truly an honor. It helps to boost
our brand's reputation, but also it
improves our employee acquisition and retention efforts, which is
a top priority. Everyone—clients
and employees included—wants
to be a part of a success story, and
this recognition contributes to that
story for Maven Wave!
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