IT Leadership

CIO vs CEO: Finding Middle Ground

2017-09-01T10:49:57-05:00June 15, 2016|Digital Transformation, Fusion Blog|

IT holds a special place in the digital age bringing value to the enterprise through technology. As the world becomes increasingly digital, businesses are relying on IT to not only keep the current systems up and running, but to keep pace with digital technology advancements. While IT plays a vital role, the business demands can [...]

#AppleVsFBI: Privacy and Security in the Information Age

2017-09-01T10:51:22-05:00May 1, 2016|Data & Analytics, Fusion Blog|

In February 2016, the FBI obtained a court order compelling Apple to assist in the investigation of the December 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attacks by hacking Syed Rizwan Farook’s government issued iPhone 5c. Relying on a centuries old law which authorizes the United States federal courts to "issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid [...]

Entrepreneurial Roots: Jason Ruge’s Journey

2017-09-01T10:51:38-05:00April 19, 2016|Fusion Blog, Working at Maven Wave|

When skill and passion collide, entrepreneurship is born. In our second Entrepreneurial Roots article, we spoke with the recently promoted Maven Wave partner, Jason Ruge, who defines entrepreneurship as creating a product or service with a team of individuals driven to grow a substantial business. Cultivating a business derives from “growing, bringing people together, and [...]

Building a Digital Business for the Future

2017-09-01T10:51:45-05:00April 18, 2016|Digital Transformation, Fusion Blog|

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, [...]

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

2017-04-13T16:14:16-05:00October 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 [...]

National 2014 Winner of 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For™

2016-12-06T15:47:54-05:00December 10, 2014|News/Events|

Maven Wave is excited to announce that we have been named one of the National 2014 Winners of 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For™. Of the hundreds of nominations received, Maven Wave made the list of companies who are succeeding in today’s economy and demonstrating best practices in human resources. The 2014 winners [...]

5 Keys for Getting Started with the Enterprise Internet of Things

2016-12-06T15:48:00-05:00July 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 [...]

Maven Wave Named a Best and Brightest Company to Work For

2016-12-06T15:48:00-05:00June 11, 2014|Fusion Blog|

Maven Wave was recently recognized by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®! Of the hundreds of nominations received, Maven Wave made the list of companies who are succeeding in today’s economy and demonstrating best practices in human resources. The 2014 winners were [...]

Safeco Insurance

2017-04-13T15:52:56-05:00June 4, 2014|Case Studies, Management Consulting Posts|

Company Profile Safeco Insurance, a member of Liberty Mutual Group, is a national U.S. insurance company providing insurance to drivers and homeowners through a network of independent agents and brokers throughout the United States. Business Situation Safeco was executing a critical program within the agency business to standardize the enterprise product portfolio and consolidate approximately [...]

Techniques for Enhancing Individuals and Interactions

2017-04-13T16:18:55-05:00April 17, 2014|Fusion Blog, Strategic Delivery Posts|

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 [...]

The Maven Wave Experience: Going Google

2016-12-06T15:48:02-05:00April 2, 2014|Fusion Blog|

At Maven Wave, we believe "Going Google" is an opportunity for a broader business transformation. We combine Google technology, experienced consultants and a wide range of capabilities that deliver extraordinary results. Maven Wave is the partner to help you get the most out of going Google. 

Build Agility through Individuals and Interactions

2017-04-13T16:19:02-05:00March 6, 2014|Fusion Blog, Strategic Delivery Posts|

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

2017-04-13T16:18:49-05:00February 25, 2014|Fusion Blog, Strategic Delivery Posts|

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

2016-12-06T15:48:03-05:00February 5, 2014|Fusion Blog|

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 [...]

Collaboration and Innovation: Maven Wave Google Customer Summit

2016-12-06T15:48:04-05:00November 19, 2013|Fusion Blog|

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 [...]

Financial Services Focus: Evolving FX Market Drives Need for TCA

2016-12-06T15:48:04-05:00October 7, 2013|Fusion Blog|

The forex market has evolved considerably over the past two decades, with the rise of electronic trading shifting the balance of power on the Street. How has the market changed, and what issues are of the greatest concern right now? I spent a good part of my early career (close to 15 years, actually) in [...]

The Upside of Being in the Cloud

2016-12-06T15:48:06-05:00January 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 [...]

What Running a Marathon and Change Management Have in Common

2015-08-07T21:01:46-05:00August 21, 2012|Fusion Blog|

Watching Meb Keflezighi place fourth in the men’s Olympic Marathon reinforced a useful analogy for us:  change management projects and marathons have a lot in common. The most obvious similarity? Tenacity. Meb, 37, having suffered a number of physical setbacks including a broken hip in 2008, was one of the oldest marathoners in London and [...]

Riding The Third Wave of Mobility

2016-12-06T15:48:18-05:00July 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?

2016-12-06T15:48:18-05:00June 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 [...]

Should You Be Outsourcing More or Less?

2016-12-06T15:48:19-05:00May 9, 2012|Fusion Blog|

A recent article in CIO magazine titled “Seven Signs You’ve Outsourced Too Much” provides a clever tongue-in-cheek test to evaluate whether your business has gone overboard in outsourcing too much of its IT to outside providers.  One of the danger signs cited, for example, is running out of chairs in your largest conference room for the vendor [...]

Sunshine, Rainbows, and Lollypops

2016-12-06T15:48:19-05:00April 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 [...]

Business Intelligence: Addressing CIO’s Top Concerns in 2011

2016-12-06T15:48:19-05:00October 28, 2011|Fusion Blog|

It’s getting harder and harder to imagine the world before technology brought us many of the innovations we all take for granted these days.  The joy of driving to appointments in cities you were not familiar with using only handwritten directions and a paper map possibly printed years earlier.  Waiting for your monthly bank statement [...]

Unveiling CIO’s Concerns About the Cloud

2016-12-06T15:48:20-05:00September 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

2016-12-06T15:48:20-05:00September 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 [...]

New IT Spending Study: Growth Continues…

2018-03-21T07:57:58-05:00September 7, 2011|Fusion Blog|

On Friday, The Wall Street Journa reported unemployment numbers that were released by the Labor Department showing that for the first time in 11 months, our unemployment rate did not improve but remained the same for August at 9.1%. With continued skepticism of the economy and our employment outlook, there is a “silver lining” for those of [...]

Google, Motorola & the Cloud…

2016-12-06T15:48:20-05:00August 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 [...]

Survey Shows Client Satisfaction Higher at Smaller Firms

2016-12-06T15:48:20-05:00August 16, 2011|Fusion Blog|

With all due respect to our friends from Texas, bigger is not always better. A study completed earlier this year by the RFP Company validates this for consulting firms. The global survey looked at factors that drive client satisfaction with consultancies and found that local firms outperformed others, defined as either "Indian", "Big 4", "strategy" or "global" [...]

New Poll Shows One Third of Firms Look to EDM to Fuel Growth

2016-12-06T15:48:20-05:00June 21, 2011|Fusion Blog|

Earlier this month Maven Wave hosted a Wall Street & Technology webinar on Enterprise Data Management (EDM) along side OpenLink Financial and Oracle (if you would like to download the podcast of the webinar, please click here). During the webinar, panelists from each firm touched on the latest trends, opportunities, and key success factors in an EDM strategy. The [...]

New Data Shows IT Spending Catches Fire in First Quarter

2016-12-06T15:48:20-05:00June 15, 2011|Fusion Blog|

Today IT executives and CFOs learned about the latest IT spending and investment trends in separate stories written this week by CIO and In May, we released the first Maven Wave Partners IT Spending & Investment Study showing the “IT Spending Squeeze” brought on by the financial crisis of 2008 ended in 4Q 2010. As a result of the [...]

Five Corporate Implications of Microsoft’s Acquisition of Skype

2016-12-06T15:48:20-05:00May 11, 2011|Fusion Blog|

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 [...]

‘IT Squeeze’ Over – Strong Tech Earnings Support Study Findings

2015-08-07T16:03:48-05:00May 9, 2011|Fusion Blog|

Recent strong technology sector earnings announcements from IT giants such as IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Oracle support our findings that, despite the largest ‘IT squeeze’ we’ve seen in years, spending on hardware and software is back in 2011. Last week we released the Maven Wave Partners IT Investment Index (the “MIT Index”), a new bellwether measure of investment in IT spending.  The MIT [...]

IT Leaders Must Be Great Leaders and Great Technical Specialists

2016-12-06T15:48:21-05:00April 22, 2011|Fusion Blog|

As more and more CIOs have firmly secured their seat at the strategy table, an correspondingly increasing number of books, articles, blog posts and webinars on the topic of CIO leadership have been published. A book released at the end of last year, “The CIO Edge – Seven Leadership Skills You Need To Drive Results”, (Harvard Business [...]

Buyer Beware – Why “Traditional Outsourcing” Has Many Weaknesses

2016-12-06T15:48:21-05:00March 24, 2011|Fusion Blog|

Remember the adage “under sell but over deliver?”  Unfortunately, in the world of outsourcing, we rarely hear of instances where that phrase definitively rings true.  On the contrary, and particularly in traditional, monolithic outsourcing arrangements, we hear more about instances where agreements are oversold, services are under-delivered and contracts are re-negotiated or terminated.  In fact, [...]

Five Ingredients for Successful Marketing & IT Alignment

2016-12-06T15:48:21-05:00March 9, 2011|Fusion Blog|

Commenting on SAS’s recent acquisition of Assetlink, InformationWeek proclaimed that “marketing is becoming a data-driven discipline, and that IT must build closer ties to their marketing colleagues.”  We are reminded momentarily of that famous news segment on Saturday Night Live “Really!?! with Seth and Amy.” But are we really ready to better align Marketing and IT?  I mean really?!? The concept of [...]

Leading Diverse and Distributed Teams

2016-12-06T15:48:21-05:00January 17, 2011|Fusion Blog|

Multiple cultures. Multiple locations. Multiple priorities, personalities and processes. Managing teams scattered far and wide can be very challenging, particularly when those teams are multicultural, geographically distributed, and composed of individuals who work for multiple companies with competing priorities. Yet there are ways to overcome these challenges. Brian Bradley, Senior Principal at Maven Wave, was [...]

If You Only Make One New Year’s Resolution…

2016-12-06T15:48:21-05:00December 30, 2010|Fusion Blog|

K.I.S.S. (as in the phrase, "keep it simple, stupid") was first used by Kelly Johnson, an engineer at Lockheed. According to lore, Johnson gave his team a handful of ordinary garage shop tools and challenged them to design jet aircraft repairable by an average mechanic with only those tools. There is a lesson in this [...]

Two Things Learned at Summer CAMP from CIOs

2018-03-21T07:58:49-05:00September 6, 2010|Fusion Blog|

Maven Wave went to CAMP this summer. But we weren’t grilling s’mores - we were learning about what CEOs really want from their IT leaders and, by extension, from their strategy consultants. In July, we hosted a panel of CIOs from four major organizations at CAMP IT, a day-long session on various topics related to IT Leadership.  Maven [...]