New tools, structures, and practices are driving a transformational data journey for the enterprise, but the challenges can be complex and progress often comes in fits and starts.
What “Mad Men” Can Teach Us About the Customer Experience and How ML / AI Capabilities Are Improving It
The first episode of “Mad Men” features a focus group in a brightly lit room. Chairs are placed neatly in rows along laboratory-grade clean counters. Along these countertops lie small shiny cylinders, each with individual tags and a box of tissues to accompany them. Amongst these chairs enter a line of secretaries, each assigned to a seat.
This month, our 2022 Ignite Analyst Program recently wrapped up the most recent rotation. To cap off this amazing experience, all 27 newly hired analysts presented their final mock project.
The Evolution of SAP and the Cloud: How Google Workspace and SAP S/4 HANA Transform Data and Insights
Billions of users have made Google Workspace the most connected and creative platform for business, and now those tools are becoming even more powerful as Google and SAP continue to expand their joint efforts.
4 Ways to Drive Down Costs Using Insurtech Insights: How Insurtechs Gain from New Efficiencies in Claims
The emergence of new technologies — and the people, processes, and ideas that go with them — has led to an upsurge of disruption in the insurance industry over the past several years in the form of “insurtechs”.
5 Pillars of Data Observability: How Recency, Distribution, Volume, Schema, and Lineage Maintain Healthy Data
For data observability, those guiding principles can be simplified into five pillars: recency, distribution, volume, schema, and lineage. Evaluated together, they help organizations guarantee the health of their data.
Citizen Experience: 3 Reasons It’s Top of Mind for Economists, Urban Planners, and City Officials Alike
In a recent Maven Wave blog, we explained an important concept in today’s digital world: citizen experience, which is defined as “the interactions between government and citizens across multiple channels that create mutual value.”
A great deal of attention — and investment — has been directed at insurtech start-ups as they deploy new technologies, processes, and skills to compete with incumbent companies.
Quick-service restaurant (QSR) chains are struggling to keep up. Labor costs are rising, and it’s hard to find enough people to fill the shifts. At the same time, food costs are increasing, and owners fear raising their restaurant’s prices too much and driving customers elsewhere.
Women and Workplace Culture: An Interview With WAM Core Leadership Victoria Ronn, Amy Furrow, and Quincy Alves
Representation of women in the workplace is an ongoing discussion at many companies. At Maven Wave, Women and Allies at Maven Wave (WAM), our women-focused resource group, is working toward an all-year-long initiative that helps women grow their voice and teaches allies how to support this goal.
Point of Sale (POS) functionality is vital to supporting sales in retail and food service. When the POS equipment goes down, so does revenue.
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that people will find new ways to accomplish critical tasks in times of crisis. Such was the situation society faced as a never-before-seen infectious invader, COVID-19, brought the normal day-to-day functions of the world to a screeching halt.
Aisha Lewit, Sales Enablement Lead at Maven Wave, has come a long way — literally. From her country roots in New England to her city life in California (and plenty of international travel in between), it’s safe to say Lewit doesn’t shy away from adventure
Business intelligence and artificial intelligence tools can make your job a little easier — actually, a lot easier. Let’s take a look at the differences between BI and AI, the benefits of each, and how they work together to make a positive impact on your productivity and decision-making.
The ascendance of cloud computing has radically transformed businesses of all stripes by encouraging disruptive new entrants, and this is particularly true for the insurance industry.
Whether a healthcare organization wants to make its software programs interoperable or just make them more accessible for users across health systems, one of the keys is moving that data to the cloud.
Poorly-governed cloud instances not only expose businesses to undue security risks and untethered costs but also significantly limit the innovation potential provided by modern cloud infrastructure.
What is Data Literacy? Learn Why Data Literacy Is Important and What Companies Are Doing to Address It
As smartphone usage, social media activity, and IoT growth skyrocket day by day, the amount of data generated across the globe is absolutely staggering — and it only continues to grow.
It’s a time for realigning and starting the week on the right foot. Nothing can kill that productivity mindset faster than an app outage, unexpected website maintenance, or another tech snafu that leaves you without the tools you need to succeed.
From being a father to running his own home renovation company, there’s no question that Brad Foster, Head of Digital Transformation at Atos (Maven Wave’s parent company), wears many hats. At Atos, Foster focuses on building teams that deliver quick results to customers and has been a part of many start-up companies.
The combination of cloud and internet paired with fast, intuitive, and powerful devices and applications make it possible for front-line workers to perform tasks with real-time data at hand like never before.
June 19 marks a significant anniversary in United States history: on this date in 1865, the enslaved peoples of Texas learned that they were now free.
While every day should be a celebration of pride and an opportunity to honor and embrace the uniqueness of who you are, Pride Month is a very special time for the LGBTQ+ community — including here at Maven Wave.
As you read this, hundreds of thousands of megabytes of new data have already been generated — and that’s a conservative calculation.
Data, data, and more data: In today’s landscape, data is driving critical decisions and is considered the lifeblood of an organization. With an increasingly digital economy, more and more enterprises are making key financial and customer decisions based on data input...
Summer is nearly upon us in the Midwestern US, and for folks around these parts, that can only mean one thing: heading outside and soaking up some rays. For Todd Truesdell, Partner at Maven Wave, that means hitting the golf course and cheering on his daughter at one of her many sporting events.
The adoption rate of cloud-based productivity tools has skyrocketed in recent years, and for good reason: these platforms are keeping enterprises agile, efficient, and collaborative.
In June 2020, Maven Wave kicked off its pilot development program for new grads IGNITE. The mission: Offering recent university graduates “the opportunity for a 12-month training program resulting in three Google Cloud certifications and a full-time position with the company.”
Over the past few weeks, we’ve highlighted the winners of Maven Wave’s 2021 Innovation Challenge and learned all about the exciting and unique solutions that made it to the final round.
It’s not a line from the latest action movie, nor is it as dramatic as it sounds — those are the real steps companies are taking under zero-trust security models. As traditional VPNs fall out of favor due to their security limitations, zero-trust security models are becoming an increasingly popular strategy to ensure files are safe no matter where employees are working.
At Maven Wave, Earth Day is one of the most significant days of the year for us. After all, cloud technology is built on the premise of decreasing carbon emissions — as well as the overall environmental impact across industries.
At this very moment, every single company is experiencing some kind of digital transformation. As Gerrit Kazmaier, GM and VP of Database, Data Analytics, and Looker at Google Cloud, explained during his keynote address at this year’s Data Cloud Summit, “to transform, we cannot apply technologies and architectures that are rooted in outdated paradigms.”
The business world is abuzz with the new insights and innovations made possible thanks to the emergence of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) or cloud computing. These ultimately promise to increase the pace of new products and services and drive profitability through lower costs or higher revenue.
The Secret to Effective Digital Transformation in Financial Services: A Transformation Mindset is Essential for Success
When it comes to digital transformation, there’s a pervasive fallacy that new technologies (e.g., public cloud) and common practices (e.g., agile development) will, on their own, usher in changes that lead to outstanding outcomes.
When Team Shore Thing first set out to tackle their objective during Maven Wave’s first annual Innovation Challenge, they were faced with a stark reality: a broken healthcare system that results in overwhelmed consumers.
A Lesson in Cloud Migration: How a Leading University Lowered Costs & Improved Analytics with Infrastructure Modernization
Today’s colleges and universities are looking at ways to rise to the head of the class. Whether seeking increased scalability, cost savings, or a myriad of other valuable benefits, the cloud is the best course of action to take.
When Home Depot wanted real-time analytics from its SAP data to manage inventory, the company turned to cloud-based analytics to avoid stockouts and increase sales. Like many SAP users, the home improvement retailer relies on the power of SAP S/4HANA to create an intelligent enterprise and drive digital transformation.
March is an important month here at Maven Wave — and not because Q1 is drawing to a close. In addition to March being Women’s History Month, March 8 is International Women’s Day.
If you’ve been following the Maven Wave blog recently, then you’ve likely heard about our first annual Innovation Challenge. (For a quick overview of the challenge, check out this recent post.)
As part of our commitment to the Seven C’s, Maven Wave kicked off its first annual Innovation Challenge in August 2021. This exciting initiative brought together eight cross-functional teams to compete against one another in a friendly bracket competition.
Zero Downtime: How Edge Computing and Predictive Maintenance Cuts Down Overhead and Boosts Customer Satisfaction
The foundation for retail and restaurant operations is built on customer satisfaction. But it’s hard to keep customers smiling if the payment terminal is out of order or the digital menu board is blank.
Welcome back to another post in our Leadership Spotlight series where we take a moment to highlight one of Maven Wave’s rising stars. This month, we spoke with Brookley Calvin and learned all about her role as the Organizational Change Management (OCM) Practice Lead as well as her genuine passion for Maven Wave’s culture.
Every year since its conception, Black History Month has conveyed a theme that connects to important topics and brings awareness to specific issues impacting the Black community — and this year is no exception.
With the start of a new year in the rearview mirror, CIOs and IT leaders face a variety of challenges. From charting through the ongoing pandemic to hurdles spurred by the Great Resignation, the path ahead is complex — and yet, opportunities for innovation remain strong.
Last October, in a blog post titled The Three A’s of Embedded Finance, we described how the “three A’s” (apps, APIs, and AI) are the tools with which companies are building phenomenal success in embedded finance.
Have you ever searched for something only to be bombarded later with a plethora of ads for related services or products? Or crazier still, have you mentioned a product name aloud and been greeted with an ad for that same service a few hours later?
The term “corporate culture” isn’t a new addition to business vernacular. In fact, conversations surrounding workplace culture in the US started happening as early as the 1960s with more and more companies acknowledging the impact of organizational culture on workers — both at the office and after hours.
Blockchain at 13: Will It Be The “Terrible Teens” for Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in Financial Services?
Distributed ledger technology (DLT) turned thirteen years old in 2021, and like most rambunctious teenagers, it had its fair share of hijinks: from “meme coins” of little to no value (other than being promoted by social media influencers) to eye-popping thefts at insecure cryptocurrency exchanges that sometimes totaled in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
“Knowledge has a beginning but no end,” especially when it comes to the cloud. As new information and best practices continue to evolve, go-to sources of cloud information are essential to staying on top of the latest trends, dialogue, and thought leadership in this constantly evolving field of technology.
The holidays have come and gone, and a new year is upon us, but that doesn’t mean the excitement is over. In fact, the first month of the year is a time to celebrate new beginnings and prepare for whatever adventure awaits us in the coming months.
When digital storage solutions first emerged, many asked, “What is the cloud?” and “Where is the cloud?” A once foreign concept to everyday internet users, the cloud is now ubiquitous and a common topic of conversation at most enterprises — making those novice questions seem laughable today.
Last year marked the beginning of an unparalleled shift in the way we experience our day-to-day, including how we experience work. Across every industry, the COVID-19 pandemic threw many people and businesses into a mad dash as they scrambled to set up hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of employees to work from home or enact safer avenues for service delivery.
As the pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, 2021 has taught us that maybe we are more resilient than we knew. Here at Maven Wave, it’s certain that nobody could have predicted how the past year would unfold.
You don’t have to be a tech expert to see that cloud has become an essential part of daily life, from ordering dinner through Postmates to listening to your favorite artists on Spotify.
This month, we spoke with Jamie DiEugenio, Consulting Operations Director, about her experiences at Maven Wave thus far and learned a little more about the woman behind the many proverbial hats. Check out the full interview!
In a bygone age, the workplace was a fixed point in an individual’s life: work happened at the office or on the job site where teams would coalesce for a set amount of time before heading home for the evening. Work happened almost entirely on paper, and teams relied on in-person discussion or written memos to communicate with one another.
Change is hard, especially in recent years. Enterprises have experienced how abrupt change can be — the last two years have caused sudden disruption, to say the least. Rapid pandemic-driven change exposed a global lack of preparation. And although the stage was already set to veer virtually before early 2020, many organizations are struggling to adapt to new ways of working.Change Management
Spatial Data Science is a term we use frequently at Maven Wave to describe the use of spatial data, algorithms, and analytical methods applied in concert with more traditional machine learning and deep learning techniques.
A new month is here once again, which means it’s time for another leadership spotlight on the Maven Wave blog! This time, we spoke with Sumeet Singh, Technology Partner at Maven Wave, an Atos company and learned about his enthusiasm for nurturing his team’s growth as they prepare for the exciting future of Cloud. Check out our full discussion below!
During the height of the pandemic, CommonSpirit Health, one of the nation's largest nonprofit healthcare systems, embarked on a tricky mission: migrating employees nationwide to Google Workspace.
Healthcare accessibility has become a bit of a buzz term as of late. Like most buzz terms, the definition can easily get lost in the mire and requires a bit of unpacking. Contrary to what the name implies, it doesn’t simply refer to a person’s proximity to a doctor or whether a health system accepts a specific insurance plan.
Our global supply chains are experiencing an unprecedented stress test due to being “badly tangled,” in the words of one writer. A rare combination of “once in a lifetime” events — the pandemic, natural disasters, shipping container shortages, materials shortages, increased freight rates, and rising energy prices — are responsible for the empty shelves and shipping delays that are impacting product accessibility.
As the future of work continues, enterprises must take a step back before charging forward. Assessing how legacy or pandemic-patched collaboration tools are performing will play a critical role in ultimately enabling a mobile, collaborative workforce. C-suites must also thoroughly vet new collaboration tools because — despite how robust the tool is — it will only be effective if it aligns with the organization's goals.
Embedded finance can’t be ignored; it is fundamentally transforming the face of financial services, injecting growth and innovation into traditional products and services at a time when fintechs, challenger banks, and insuretechs are taking on incumbents.
The emergence and growing capabilities of the public cloud have led to a revolution in new products, processes, and tools. Lower costs have supported an explosion in data, and new analytical capabilities have created an exponential increase in insights — just to name a few benefits.
In the future of work, “work” is no longer a physical place. In today’s ever-changing world, the workplace is a mindset and virtual space that fosters collaboration to create a healthier work-life balance.
As an industry leader, Google has never shied away from looking toward the future, and that certainly rang true at Google Cloud Next 2021. With the event tagline, “Solving for what’s next,” Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian took the stage to share exactly how Google is enabling companies to do just that.
The world is starting to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, and it feels a bit like the old story of Rip Van Winkle. First published in 1819, “Rip Van Winkle” tells the story of a man who sleeps for 20 years, only to emerge and, having missed the Revolutionary War, finds that so much has changed.
Google Cloud Next 2021 is nearly here once again, and we almost can’t believe it. (Did the last year fly by or is it just us?) If you’re not familiar with Google Cloud Next, it’s Google’s annual conference that focuses entirely on the present and future of cloud and provides a wealth of knowledge that’s sure to inspire. This year, the event runs from October 12–14 and will be fully digital.
Is your organization ready to fully embrace cloud technology? Are you overburdened by projects that you know cloud could solve but find it difficult to build a roadmap? If so, then it’s time to find a cloud partner that can propel your business to the next stage of its journey.
In a recent white paper, The Inevitability of Data Science Modernization During the Machine Learning and AI Revolution, Maven Wave detailed how recent developments in data science modernization (DSM) are setting the foundation to support the transformative power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).
As enterprises across the globe enter a new era of work, many questions remain: What will the office of the future look like? How will collaboration tools support that? To answer some of these most pressing questions, leaders are turning to their teams and the lessons learned from the pandemic to build collaborative, innovative, and flexible work from anywhere powered by Google Workspace.
A new research paper from Atos “Realization for Change: Accelerating Action Now” provides some interesting insights into digital transformation in financial services, several of which are seemingly contradictory.
For WorldPride 2021, leaders from global corporations dedicated to promoting an inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ professionals gathered virtually and in person for L’Autre Cercle’s Odyssey for Equality project at the Human Rights Forum in Copenhagen.
In the seminal television show Mad Men, Don Draper once said, “Change is neither good nor bad. It simply is.” In other words, any good business leader knows that change is a constant and must have the flexibility and foresight to plan for inevitable twists and turns — and nobody knows this better than Amanda Tran, Director of People Experience & Development at Maven Wave.
In terms of economic disruption, the COVID-19 pandemic was without precedent. It came on with remarkable swiftness, and its impact was both deep and widespread. To address the situation, bold, comprehensive, and forward-looking solutions were required.
One of the biggest challenges retailers must navigate is fragmentation. As digitization accelerates, the number of touchpoints in the customer journey has amplified.
This past year has been a remarkable time for thought leadership in retail. As McKinsey writes, the pandemic brought an end to the notion of “business as usual,” due to people shifting their shopping habits into digital environments. In the blink of an eye, we all transitioned into new ways of life.
When it comes to the enterprise datacenter, the public and hybrid cloud have been in the spotlight lately. This is especially true in financial services, where a large percentage of computing resources are domiciled in corporate datacenters.
Building on Existing Success with a Virtual Career Center: Applications in Education, Corrections, and Corporate Career Development
Some of the greatest success stories in business come from adapting one thing to make another: a treatment for morphine addiction turned into a soft drink; an aid to help stabilize equipment on Navy ships in rough seas that became a popular children’s toy; a drug that was approved to lower blood pressure and ultimately became a treatment to help grow hair.
Welcome back to another edition of the Maven Wave Leadership Spotlight! This week, we had a chance to sit down with Duke Sullivan, Managing Director of Sales. When he’s not hitting the ski slopes or hanging out in the water with friends and family, Sullivan is leading Maven Wave’s exceptional Sales team into a new era of growth and development.
In the ever-changing world of retail, global brands are rapidly transforming to meet the evolving demands of today’s digital landscape. As an essential industry, the pandemic forced retailers to pivot their strategies, turning to cloud-based solutions such as Google Workspace to enable hybrid work environments while supporting consumers, frontline workers, and a surge in digital demand. For many companies, there’s no going back.
Atos and Maven Wave see data and cloud as the core pillars of digital transformation. You’ve probably heard (or read) us say that modern enterprises can’t compete without data-driven, cloud-based practices.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the term “new normal” has been thrown around a lot, along with plenty of speculation and conjecture about what the “new normal” really is. Now, nearly a year and a half after the entire world shut down, we’ve had time to take stock of the many changes we’ve experienced since March 2020 and better assess the changes still to come.
Did you know that organizations are 17x more likely to increase cloud spend than reduce it over the next 12 months? After all, the days of cloud computing being viewed simply as a style of technology are quickly drawing to a close.
Healthcare and life sciences organizations (HCLS) were moving to the cloud even before government mandates for interoperability came into play. Forward-thinking providers, insurance companies, and drug companies have been using the power of cloud to redefine the patient experience, unearth the value of data, and improve the delivery of care for years.
When January 1, 2020 rolled around, we were expecting another busy, successful, eventful year full of continued and new client projects, industry conferences, product rollouts, ongoing team growth and more.
Our people and our strong company culture are at the heart of everything we do at Maven Wave, and that starts with our leadership team. In our new leadership spotlight series, we will be sitting down with leaders from different areas of the company to learn more about their backgrounds, their roles within the organization, and what they enjoy outside of work.
No one would argue with the idea that the world has been dramatically changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But what are the most important shifts and innovations in financial services and insurance, and how are they likely to be manifested in the future?
Wavelength Celebrates Pride by Increasing LGBTQ+ Education, Awareness, and Visibility Across Maven Wave and the World
Pride is the predominant outlook that bolsters the equality movement. While every day should be a celebration of pride and an opportunity to honor and embrace the uniqueness of who you are, Pride Month is a very special time for the LGBTQ+ community, including here at Maven Wave.
Transformative—that’s an apt word to describe COVID-19’s effect on everyday working life. Now, just as quickly as the pandemic triggered a new work-from-home model, it’s time to pivot once again and embrace the latest meaning of the “new normal.”