Collaboration

Get More Out of Your G Suite Investment

By | 2018-02-12T10:38:18+00:00 February 2, 2018|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s no question that the cloud has revolutionized business, allowing for more flexibility, collaboration, and accessibility. In the era of digital transformation, businesses are seeking to fully leverage the cloud and its advanced capabilities to stay competitive and attract top talent. G Suite provides users with a standard set of tools (Docs, Sheets, Slides, [...]

Collaborate More to Innovate Faster

By | 2017-11-06T14:34:16+00:00 November 3, 2017|Categories: Enterprise Collaboration, White Papers|Tags: , , , |

Better Content Collaboration with G Suite The ability to collaborate better has limitless benefits for the enterprise; from iterating on projects in real-time to bringing products to market quicker. In this article, we will focus on how enhanced collaboration results in better and more efficient content creation. Whether your team is [...]

Employee Spotlight: Eli Ruvalcaba

By | 2018-03-01T08:00:02+00:00 October 25, 2017|Categories: Fusion Blog, Working at Maven Wave|Tags: , , |

Eli Ruvalcaba - Google Deployment Lead Eli Ruvalcaba serves as the Google Deployment Lead at Maven Wave. Prior to Maven Wave, Ruvalcaba worked in the consulting practice at Slalom. Ruvalcaba attended Purdue University and St.Xavier, studying multiple disciplines before landing on Management Information Systems (MIS). One of his hobbies is DIY home [...]

Top 5 G-Suite Tips & Tricks for Administrative Professionals

By | 2018-03-01T08:01:33+00:00 October 18, 2017|Categories: Enterprise Collaboration, Fusion Blog|Tags: , , |

Employees are constantly striving to boost their productivity and efficiency to check off as many tasks as they can on their to-do list. G Suite’s set of productivity tools allow teams to easily collaborate in real-time. With G Suite, employees can connect with co-workers, work on projects simultaneously, and access files at anytime. In [...]

Reach Your Sales Goals Faster

By | 2017-09-01T10:41:26+00:00 February 28, 2017|Categories: Data & Analytics, Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sales territory management is a crucial element to a successful sales strategy. Without a doubt, one of the main goals sales teams strive for is meeting a revenue target— lacking an effective sales territory plan hinders sales teams from reaching those targets. More often than not, sales teams run into several pain points, resulting [...]

RR Donnelley

By | 2017-09-01T10:43:35+00:00 January 12, 2017|Categories: Case Studies, Enterprise Collaboration|Tags: , , , , |

Company Profile RR Donnelley (RRD) is a leading global provider of integrated multichannel marketing and business communications solutions. With more than 52,000 customers and 42,000 employees across 28 countries, RRD offers a comprehensive portfolio of capabilities, experience, and scale that enables organizations around the world to effectively create, manage, deliver, and optimize their multi-channel [...]

Building a Digital Business for the Future

By | 2017-09-01T10:51:45+00:00 April 18, 2016|Categories: Digital Transformation, Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Maven Wave recently participated in the 2016 AGENDA conference, hosted by IDG Enterprise in Amelia Island, FL. AGENDA is a business leadership conference focused on transforming the enterprise for the digital world. The conference is attended by digital leaders from all over the country who are leading transformation efforts in their organizations; C-level executives, VPs, [...]

Disrupt or Be Disrupted: Collaboration as the Catalyst for Digital Transformation

By | 2017-09-01T10:51:55+00:00 April 5, 2016|Categories: Digital Transformation, Fusion Blog, Google Apps Posts|Tags: , , , , , |

In today’s digital world, the only thing that’s constant is change. This couldn’t be more true in today’s enterprise. There are new consumption models that have completely changed the way consumers purchase, new buyers in the enterprise that are influencing technology outside of IT, and new business models that are embracing digital engagement with [...]

Unified Communications for the Modern Workplace

By | 2017-09-01T10:52:15+00:00 March 2, 2016|Categories: Enterprise Collaboration, Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , |

Maven Wave recently co-hosted an event at the new Google office in Chicago, focused on the topic of unified communications; the integration of real-time, enterprise communication services. Along with Google for Work and Dialpad, we discussed how to create a truly unified communications experience to reduce IT costs and increase efficiency. Below you’ll find a high-level [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Top 3 Takeaways from Atmosphere

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

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 [...]

Where Does Innovation Come From in the Enterprise?

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:51+00:00 July 20, 2015|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Innovation in the enterprise can be difficult to achieve. Many organizations have competing priorities, conflicting business goals, or teams operating in silos, all of which can constrain innovation. Technology has the ability to transform the way people work, and with the right tools and increased engagement, employees can share ideas, attend meetings remotely, and partner [...]

ALTSO Goes Google with Maven Wave

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:52+00:00 July 14, 2015|Categories: Case Studies, Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , |

A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) is a New York-based charitable organization that offers children who have lost their limbs in traumatic accidents or suffer from congenital limb disabilities the physical capabilities to access opportunities and self-esteem earned through education, work, and mobility. Founded in 2002, ALTSO has provided orthopedic care - including prosthetic limbs, [...]

Think Creatively and Innovate Boldly: Lessons from Atmosphere

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:52+00:00 June 2, 2015|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Earlier this week, Google hosted their digital work event on innovation. The live stream event consisted of several interviews with industry leaders on how they are taking business innovation to new levels. The impressive lineup included Tim Brown from IDEO, Laszlo Bock from Google, and Jonathan Mildenhall from Airbnb.  We were inspired by the speakers and [...]

Rockwell Collins

By | 2017-01-11T14:39:53+00:00 April 22, 2015|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , , , |

Rockwell Collins is a Fortune 500 company with employees located across the globe, who needed to leverage technology to collaborate better and to work more efficiently. Google Apps is moving Rockwell Collins into the next era of user-centric computing by allowing  employees to use technology at work the same way they do at home.

Building a Better Place to Work

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:52+00:00 April 20, 2015|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Google Apps for Human Resources The way we work is constantly changing. Employees now expect to use the devices and applications that they use in their personal lives for work. They want access to their work information anywhere, anytime, and from any device. The challenge for HR is to create a culture that is flexible [...]

Driving Collaboration: Maven Wave Google Customer Summit

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

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 [...]

Agile Development for Financial Services

By | 2017-07-17T10:58:10+00:00 October 21, 2014|Categories: Drive, Strategic Delivery Posts, Technology Solutions Posts, White Papers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

When the Going Gets Tough, the Smart Get Agile. In a series of blog posts, Maven Wave has detailed both our commitment to and success with Agile methodologies for software development and project management. In most cases, Agile delivers superior results to traditional, step-by-step, “waterfall” style development. The principles of the discipline naturally foster [...]

Esna and Maven Wave Deliver Real-Time Communications

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:55+00:00 September 8, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Esna and Maven Wave Deliver Real-Time Communications Inside the Cloud Apps People Use Everyday We are excited to announce a partnership with Esna, a leading provider of embedded collaboration solutions, to help enterprises across North America integrate real-time communication and collaboration with Google for Work. With Esna’s innovative product suite, Maven Wave will be able to put robust [...]

Google Enterprise is now Google for Work

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:55+00:00 September 3, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Google never set out to create a traditional “enterprise” business - they wanted to create a new way of doing work. So the time has come for the name to catch up with this ambition. Yesterday Google introduced a new name for their enterprise business, "Google for Work". Google recognizes how different work is today from 10 [...]

SP+

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

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 [...]

5 Things You Need to Know About Google Drive for Work

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:59+00:00 August 27, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Google recently introduced Drive for Work - a new premium offering that includes unlimited cloud-based file and document storage and allows you to safely access your work from anywhere. Google Drive for Work combines the familiar storage, sync, and share experience of Google Drive with new admin controls, advanced file audit reporting, and eDiscovery services. [...]

Google Apps Success Story: SP+

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:59+00:00 August 11, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

Briggs & Stratton

By | 2017-04-13T15:36:54+00:00 June 24, 2014|Categories: Case Studies, Management Consulting Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Company Profile Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America’s number one marketer of portable generators and pressure washers, and it is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of lawn and garden and turf care [...]

Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:01+00:00 May 15, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

"Working software is the measure of progress because there's no other way of capturing the subtleties of the requirements: Documents and diagrams are too abstract to let the user 'kick the tires,'" says Dave Thomas, coauthor of The Pragmatic Programmer (Addison-Wesley, 1999). In Agile, working software is the primary measure of progress, period. Seems simple [...]

The Next Generation Intranet

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:01+00:00 May 7, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Traditionally, at the center of any social enterprise is the company intranet site or portal, which allows employees to communicate, collaborate, and access timely and important information, all in one place. While these intranets typically enjoy great success initially, they seem to result in disappointing outcomes. They often become little more than dormant repositories for [...]

Next Generation Intranet for the Social Enterprise

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

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 [...]

Techniques for Enhancing Individuals and Interactions

By | 2017-04-13T16:18:55+00:00 April 17, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog, Strategic Delivery Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In our most recent Agile blog, Building Agility through Individuals and Interactions, we described how the Agile model, if executed with the right mindset, will enable team members to drive execution and communication inherently within the process, without leadership mandate.  We hope you found this concept to be insightful, but now you are probably [...]

Build Agility through Individuals and Interactions

By | 2017-04-13T16:19:02+00:00 March 6, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog, Strategic Delivery Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What is the single most important factor in leading a project to exalted success or bitter failure?  Communication! “Communication” is a vastly overused term, so let us be clear about what we mean when we talk about good communication. We want teams to be efficient in making decisions quickly with effective outcomes.  We want [...]

The Missing Link: Artifact Repository for Development Teams

By | 2017-04-13T16:18:49+00:00 February 25, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog, Strategic Delivery Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

An artifact repository can get all of your development teams working together, regardless of where they are located. Without an artifact repository in place, your organization may look like this: Without an Artifact Repository Does this look familiar? You work on one or more large enterprise application You have many groups of developers working [...]

IT Investments for Strategic Agility: An Introduction to Agile

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:03+00:00 February 5, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Why did Maven Wave chose Agile? Maven Wave specializes in custom solutions for companies that are looking to strategically enhance their competitive edge in their industry.  Studies show that the most “successful enterprises get the infrastructure balance right because they make regular, systematic, modular and targeted investments in IT infrastructure on the basis of an [...]

Google Talk for Windows to be Replaced with Hangouts Chat

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:03+00:00 January 15, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Google will be retiring the Windows client for Google Talk by the end of February. Users will start to see notifications within the application this month and the application will continue to operate for the remainder of January and February. By the end of February, users will be unable to connect to Google Talk to [...]

Bringing Personal Cloud Storage to the Enterprise

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

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 [...]

Collaboration and Innovation: Maven Wave Google Customer Summit

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:04+00:00 November 19, 2013|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Maven Wave hosted the first annual Google Customer Summit on November 13. We invited senior leaders who have "gone Google" to join us for the afternoon at the Maven Wave offices in Chicago. The goal of the day was for our clients to learn how others are leveraging Google within their business, network with Google-minded [...]

New Navigation Bar for Enterprise Google Apps Users

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:04+00:00 October 24, 2013|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Google Apps for Business users will notice a change in the look of their Apps account in the upcoming days. Google has launched a new version of the black navigation bar that users normally see across the top of their browser. This new navigation allows users to access all their Google Apps from the new [...]

How Big Pharma Can Leverage Open-Innovation

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:04+00:00 September 19, 2013|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , , , , |

Say Goodbye to Hollywood Historically, Big Pharma, like Hollywood, has operated according to a "blockbuster" revenue model. One or two blockbusters enable the spend for the rest of the company while it is searching for the next blockbuster. The cycle continues on and on. Unfortunately, this model is largely unsustainable in the current economic environment [...]

Take One: Enterprise Video Communication Made Easy

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

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 [...]

Introducing the Maven Wave Video Platform

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:05+00:00 July 16, 2013|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Today’s global nature of business requires 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 quickly and cost effectively. There are endless [...]

The Common Thread? Collaboration.

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:18+00:00 October 9, 2012|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Creating a Competitive Edge for Our Clients col·lab·o·ra·tion /kəˌlabəˈrāSHən/,  Noun: The action of working with someone to produce or create something. For the past couple of years, working with the Google toolkit and most recently as a full-fledged Google Premier Partner, we’ve had the satisfaction of working on more than a dozen very diverse assignments [...]

What Jerry McGuire Got Wrong

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

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

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

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 [...]

Three Google Enterprise Trends in 2012

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

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, [...]

Google Apps Q&A – What CIOs Need to Know

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

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 [...]

Five Corporate Implications of Microsoft’s Acquisition of Skype

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:20+00:00 May 11, 2011|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , |

Yesterday’s announcement of Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype, the largest acquisition in their 36-year history, is creating news stories in outlets ranging from Huffington Post to telecom trade media such as Light Reading. We’ve decided to come up with the 5 Corporate Implications of Microsoft’s Acquisition of Skype: Applications continue to absorb the network - No one buys [...]

When User Stories Are Not Enough

By | 2016-12-07T09:12:19+00:00 January 4, 2011|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , |

Originally posted by Mark Tattersall on the Triton-Tek blog.  Triton-Tek was acquired by Maven Wave Partners in 2011. I recently attended an interesting webinar by MKS on why User Stories are sometimes an inadequate representation of requirements.  I thought it raised some excellent points, and certainly got me thinking. Starting with a refresher on what User Stories were, [...]