Public Cloud is Ready for Financial Services, But is Financial Services Ready for Public Cloud?

2019-02-14T09:54:08+00:00February 14, 2019|Financial Services, Fusion Blog|

There’s no disputing that the emergence of cloud computing has radically altered the way that business is conducted and even the ways in which we lead our lives. From the emergence of Netflix in entertainment to Uber in transportation, the power of cloud has been unleashed in ways that are driving growth, slashing costs [...]

Scanning the Horizon: Are Capital Markets Ready for Multi-Cloud?

2019-02-14T10:06:22+00:00November 19, 2018|Financial Services, Fusion Blog|

Over the past decade, cloud computing has transformed the face of business. With lower cost, greater flexibility and increased power, cloud technologies have been deployed in industries as diverse as entertainment, transportation and lodging in ways that have created large, seismic shifts. Changes have occurred in financial services as well, with consumer-focused companies such [...]

Takeaways from Atmosphere Digital: Rethinking Security in the Cloud

2017-09-01T10:49:32+00:00June 29, 2016|Cloud & Machine Learning, Cloud Posts, Fusion Blog|

Google hosted a live digital event this week focused on rethinking security in the cloud. More and more companies are realizing the cost savings and productivity benefits of being in the cloud, but there continues to be some hesitation centered around safety and security of data. At Atmosphere, Google security experts and customers discussed how [...]

FIA Transformative Trends in Technology

2018-09-13T16:40:28+00:00June 20, 2016|Cloud Posts|

The FIA Technology Committee held their annual election and panel discussion in Chicago last week and for the second year in a row, the panel consisted of speakers from distinctly different disciplines that have recently been in the spotlight for financial technology (or “fintech”). Following introductory remarks from Rumi Morales of CME Ventures, the panel took turns [...]

Transformation in Financial Services: Tech to the Rescue for Challenged Industry

2017-09-01T10:50:58+00:00May 2, 2016|Cloud Posts, Digital Transformation, White Papers|

The financial services industry has never fully recovered from the 2008 meltdown and heightened regulation, intense competition, and unsettled market conditions make financial services an industry that is facing unrelenting headwinds. How to cope in such an environment? Transformation driven by technology. The old saying that “necessity is the mother of invention” is certainly true [...]

Why Google Apps for Work is Winning the Enterprise Messaging and Collaboration Cloud Race

2017-09-01T10:53:41+00:00January 25, 2016|Cloud Posts, Enterprise Collaboration, White Papers|

The battle is certainly on between Google and Microsoft for winning the hearts and minds of enterprise businesses looking to take their messaging and collaboration needs to the cloud. The Google Apps for Work suite has been the disruptive force in enterprise collaboration, shaking up what had become a very complacent Microsoft, since they became [...]

Shadow IT Part 2: The Coming [Digital Productization] Wave

2017-09-01T10:53:49+00:00January 25, 2016|Digital Transformation, Technology Solutions Posts, White Papers|

Recap of Shadow IT Part 1 Our first post on this topic pointed out that in today’s environment, as technology becomes more sophisticated, more analytical, and more social, the skills required for success are changing more dramatically than ever. We argued that the very nature of the work we do is changing; it’s less like [...]

Maven Wave and Dialpad Partnership

2017-09-01T10:57:26+00:00December 3, 2015|Enterprise Collaboration, News/Events|

Today we’re announcing a new partnership between Maven Wave and Dialpad, combining Maven Wave’s expertise and specialization across business cloud solutions with Dialpad's next generation mobile and cloud communications platform. Together, we offer an integrated unified communications solution that can stand alone in any existing business environment, including additional customization options for existing Google Apps [...]

Top 3 Takeaways from Atmosphere

2016-12-06T15:47:50+00:00October 26, 2015|Fusion Blog|

Last week, Google for Work hosted Atmosphere, which brought thousands of viewers together from all over the world to hear from forward-thinkers and innovators from Nest, Salesforce, Woolworths, WeWork, and more. We explored new ways to inspire employees, keep operating costs low, and move business forward. Maven Wave and Google hosted a viewing party here [...]

Is Hadoop Worth the Hype?

2016-12-06T15:47:50+00:00October 21, 2015|Fusion Blog|

Hadoop is all the rage right now. In my 20 years in IT, I have never seen so many people enamoured with something that most of them don’t understand. I equate it to a situation where there is a line full of people waiting for a free give-away. Countless others will join the line without [...]

Shadow IT: A Tide That Cannot (And Should Not) Be Turned

2017-04-13T16:14:16+00:00October 21, 2015|Fusion Blog, Technology Solutions Posts|

Since the introduction of computing into the business cycle, technology has driven changes in the way we work. In today’s environment, as technology becomes more sophisticated, more analytical, and more social, the skills required for success are changing more dramatically than ever. In financial markets, the trader that once slugged out a spread in the [...]

Terrapinn’s Trading Show Chicago 2015

2018-09-13T16:44:37+00:00June 6, 2015|Fusion Blog|

Terrapinn's Trading Show Chicago, along with FIA Expo, has evolved into the tent-pole event for discussion and exhibition on important industry trends and developments for the Chicago community. This year’s edition was held at Navy Pier on June 3 and 4. We have recapped the key takeaways from the event and created a synopsis of [...]

Driving Collaboration: Maven Wave Google Customer Summit

2016-12-06T15:47:53+00:00January 20, 2015|Fusion Blog|

Every year, Maven Wave invites our enterprise Google customers to spend an afternoon with other senior leaders who have also “gone Google” at the Maven Wave office in Chicago. The goal of the day is to give our valued customers the opportunity to learn how others are leveraging Google within their business, discuss strategies for [...]

Guiding Technology Trends for 2015

2016-12-06T15:47:53+00:00January 20, 2015|Fusion Blog|

As we settle into 2015 with a fresh outlook and new goals, we have been following some key technology trends that are shaping the future of our client’s businesses, as well as our own. As the technology landscape continues to evolve rapidly, businesses must remain agile and willing to adapt. Changes in mobile, data security, [...]

Marketing Analytics in an Omni-Channel World

2016-12-06T15:47:55+00:00October 16, 2014|White Papers|

There is more customer data available than ever before and it’s growing at a rate of 40% per year. Companies that capitalize on this data explosion to better understand the consumer decision journey will have a significant competitive advantage. These advanced insights can be used to improve customer engagement, build loyalty, and increase return on [...]


2016-12-06T15:47:55+00:00August 27, 2014|Case Studies|

To help serve their clients and customers better, Standard Parking and Central Parking merged to become SP+ in 2012 and became the largest parking management company in the country.  To be able to scale this large-scale operation, SP+ migrated to Google Apps for Business to improve communication and collaboration capabilities. Maven Wave helped SP+ make [...]

Why Docker Matters

2016-12-07T15:41:39+00:00July 21, 2014|White Papers|

Docker containers are more than the latest IT trend. When used properly they can revolutionize your software development process.  If you’ve been reading the trades over the past several weeks, you have probably seen some articles about a new tool called Docker. Wired magazine has called it the next big thing. ZDNet said with Docker, [...]

5 Keys for Getting Started with the Enterprise Internet of Things

2016-12-06T15:48:00+00:00July 21, 2014|White Papers|

The term “Internet of Things” has become a popular buzzword, almost to the same extent as “big data” or “cloud”.  All of the major tech players have begun developing technology in this space and the capabilities are becoming more and more sophisticated. Recent acquisitions by Google and Apple have further fueled the trend, as seen [...]

Next Generation Intranet for the Social Enterprise

2016-12-06T15:48:01+00:00April 22, 2014|White Papers|

The social enterprise represents a paradigm shift for most organizations that goes beyond implementing technology solutions. In the social enterprise, the organization changes the way they do business, how they communicate and collaborate, and makes a fundamental change in everyday business process. The Aberdeen Next-Generation Communications study of the communication practices of 126 organizations found [...]

Accelerating Value with Google Cloud Platform

2016-12-06T15:48:02+00:00April 3, 2014|Fusion Blog|

Over the next couple of months, Maven Wave will be participating in several Google Executive Cloud Summit events in cities in Canada and the US.  This week we are in Toronto and Montreal, discussing the many opportunities for businesses with the Google Cloud Platform. During our portion of the presentation, Maven Wave is focusing on [...]

Google Enterprise has named Maven Wave the 2013 North America Innovation Partner of the Year

2016-12-06T15:48:02+00:00March 19, 2014|Fusion Blog|

We are excited to announce that Google Enterprise has named us the 2013 North America Innovation Partner of the Year! The award was presented at the Google Enterprise Global Partner Summit in San Francisco in early March. The award emphasizes Maven Wave’s proven track record of increasing product adoption for customers on Google Apps and [...]

Big Data + Google = (Fast) Business Value

2016-12-06T15:48:03+00:00February 11, 2014|Fusion Blog|

“Big data” has become one of the most popular buzzwords in tech over the last few years. It has generally been used to describe massive data sets that are too large and complex to analyze using traditional data tools. In the age of connected devices, cloud storage and social media, the volume of data being [...]

Bringing Personal Cloud Storage to the Enterprise

2016-12-12T09:15:24+00:00December 17, 2013|Fusion Blog|

While personal mobile devices in the workplace tend to get much of the publicity and attention, the larger concern has recently become the prevalence of personal cloud storage accounts used to store confidential, corporate data. In fact, nearly 90% of people surveyed admit to having a personal cloud storage account and 70% used that account [...]

Something a Little Different: Maven Wave and Google at the FIA Expo

2016-12-06T15:48:04+00:00November 14, 2013|Fusion Blog|

Attendees of the Futures Industry Association (FIA) Expo in Chicago got a taste of something a little bit different as Maven Wave teamed up with Google to present a high-level vision of how the cloud can transform a business. Jason Lee presenting at the FIA Expo Led by Jason Lee, partner at Maven Wave, and [...]

Take One: Enterprise Video Communication Made Easy

2016-12-06T15:48:04+00:00September 11, 2013|White Papers|

Introducing the Maven Wave Video Platform Today, the global nature of business demands an easy way for companies to communicate a variety of content to their employees. Employees already see the value in video communication and many are already using it, with or without the proper infrastructure. Video communication allows companies to reach many people [...]

Small “i” Innovation

2016-12-06T15:48:05+00:00May 27, 2013|White Papers|

Thinking Small Can Reap Big Rewards In the early days of industrialization, successful businesses grew by following the adage, “necessity is the mother of invention”.  That worked reasonably well for nearly 100 years and, as a result, by the middle of the last century,   industries had been built upon breakthrough inventions that we now consider [...]

The Upside of Being in the Cloud

2016-12-06T15:48:06+00:00January 5, 2013|White Papers|

The Bottom Line Impact The expression “head-in-the-cloud” implies that someone is scatterbrained or impractical.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth when discussing the advantages for enterprises of moving IT functions to the Cloud. There are plenty of pragmatic reasons for moving to the Cloud, ranging from increased collaboration,  unprecedented access to new tools to [...]

Riding The Third Wave of Mobility

2016-12-06T15:48:18+00:00July 12, 2012|Fusion Blog|

According to the Pew Research Center, more than two-thirds of smart phone users sleep with them next to their beds. Surprised?  We aren't. Before smart phones, computer scientists characterized computing as three historical waves. The first wave was built on the mainframe paradigm of host/remote: big central computers and dumb terminals connected by wire. The [...]

What Do A Porsche and A Passat Have to Do With Hosting Solutions?

2016-12-06T15:48:18+00:00June 8, 2012|Fusion Blog|

We recently caught up with Henry Schwenk, Senior Principal in charge of hosting solutions at Maven Wave Partners.  Henry’s philosophy for these services is that hosting is about way more than rack space: Question: How do you find the right hosting solution? Schwenk: To find the best solution, the software provider and the hardware provider must engage [...]

News from the Frontlines (The Financial Services Front, That Is)

2016-12-06T15:48:19+00:00May 26, 2012|Fusion Blog|

Maven Wave recently participated in the 2012 North America Trading Architecture Summit hosted by Waters Technology. Over 300 senior technologists from financial firms and investment banks, fondly described by some as the techno-geeks of the trading world, gathered to discuss the latest cutting-edge topics.  Eric Gulbrandsen, who leads our Financial Services Practice, moderated one panel and served as [...]

Sunshine, Rainbows, and Lollypops

2016-12-06T15:48:19+00:00April 18, 2012|Fusion Blog|

The latest update to the Maven Wave Partners study on corporate spending on hardware, software, and the IT workforce has been published.  As you can tell by our headline above, the results for 4Q 2011 and the outlook for the future are very rosy indeed. As we reported in third quarter, the MIT Index (a bellwether [...]

What Jerry McGuire Got Wrong

2015-08-07T21:06:39+00:00March 22, 2012|Fusion Blog|

Remember Tom Cruise repeatedly shouting “show me the money” in the movie Jerry McGuire?  It’s become a classic cinematic moment and a cultural catchphrase because, at the end of the day, it’s what really and ultimately matters most to businesses. Looking for “the money”, businesses often initially turn to the Google Enterprise platform searching for a [...]

Maven Wave Partners Now Google Apps Premier Enterprise Reseller

2016-12-06T15:48:19+00:00February 24, 2012|Fusion Blog|

Today, Maven Wave Partners announced that we have become a Premier Enterprise Reseller of the Google Apps™ suite of communication and collaboration tools.  This new designation from Google enables customers to more easily assess a reseller’s expertise advising on and deploying Google products.  Qualifying was based on our successes in helping customers deploy and use [...]

Mobile Money – 3 Reasons IT Leaders Are Gravitating To Mobile

2014-06-20T02:13:25+00:00February 22, 2012|Fusion Blog|

In the February issue of CIO, Lauren Brousell (@brousell) summarized the results of their latest CIO Economic Impact Survey of 333 IT executives. There were several insightful statistics that surfaced as a result of this survey including: Overall Growth: 54% have plans to grow their budgets in 2011 (as a comparison, in May of 2009 that number was only [...]

Three Google Enterprise Trends in 2012

2016-12-06T15:48:19+00:00January 23, 2012|Fusion Blog|

As a Google Enterprise Partner, we routinely engage with large customers in connection with their messaging and collaboration strategy.  While the primary driver behind enterprise adoption of Google Apps has been the licensing of Gmail, recently we have seen several trends including a growing wave of interest in the collaboration aspects of Google Apps including chat, [...]

Unveiling CIO’s Concerns About the Cloud

2016-12-06T15:48:20+00:00September 29, 2011|Fusion Blog|

Today you can open most IT trade publications or online outlets and find specific sections about the shift in companies moving to “cloud computing”: CIO, Computerworld, TechTarget, etc. At Maven Wave, we track media topics within the IT industry and “cloud computing” tops the list followed by “CIO”, “Data Management” and “Business Intelligence.” With all of the “buzz,” what [...]

7 Tips CIOs Must Consider When Moving To Google Apps

2016-12-06T15:48:20+00:00September 21, 2011|Fusion Blog|

Gartner recently touted Google’s role in the enterprise and “cloud” forecasting that "cloud email" would represent 55% of the enterprise email market by 2020. Maven Wave became a Google Apps Partner in 2010 and focuses on helping the enterprise understand and achieve the benefits of adopting the Google platform. Last week, TechTarget covered Google Apps and profiled Maven Wave partner Jason [...]

Google Apps Q&A – What CIOs Need to Know

2016-12-06T15:48:20+00:00August 29, 2011|Fusion Blog|

In late 2010, Maven Wave became an official Google Apps Authorized Partner focused on working with Google to help deploy solutions and drive real business value for enterprise-level organizations. Google’s Official Enterprise Blog does a great job summarizing how enterprise organizations are leveraging Google’s solutions including Journal Communications, a client in which Maven Wave is now working with as a [...]

Google, Motorola & the Cloud…

2016-12-06T15:48:20+00:00August 24, 2011|Fusion Blog|

Analysts, pundits, and other bloggers continue to dissect just what the acquisition of Motorola by Google means. The buzz seems to have settled into the following: Android gets better Insulates Google’s intellectual property position (17k patents and counting) Better competition against various Apple products  Here’s what it may really mean. It may just mean that [...]

Cloud Computing is Ready. Are You?

2016-12-06T15:48:21+00:00January 11, 2011|Fusion Blog|

Is all the hype about Cloud Computing really justified? Can it fundamentally change how we operate?  The verdict, in our view, is still out for now. Today, the Cloud certainly holds great potential but, as with any emerging technology, the really critical, core questions are (1) when should I begin to leverage this technology? and [...]