Technology Solutions

Shadow IT Part 3 – Making the Digital Transformation

By | 2018-03-01T08:34:00+00:00 May 1, 2016|Categories: Digital Transformation, Technology Solutions Posts, White Papers|Tags: , , , , , |

Recap of Parts 1 and 2 Our first post in this Shadow IT series 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. Creating [...]

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

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

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 [...]

DevOps: Beyond the Buzzword Part II

By | 2017-04-13T16:12:51+00:00 October 21, 2015|Categories: Technology Solutions Posts, White Papers|Tags: , , , , |

In part one of this article, we discussed the history leading up to the Agile movement and its implications for software development. This new way of doing things - in short sprints and in constant dialogue with the business stakeholders - was a watershed moment. But technology continued to move forward and the innovations of the [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Behind the Buzz on Fin Tech

By | 2017-04-13T16:14:07+00:00 January 20, 2015|Categories: Fusion Blog, Technology Solutions Posts|Tags: , , , |

As a culture, we place great value in the latest and greatest in products and industries. Now that the cloud is turning from trendy to hoary, the new hot topic is “Fin Tech”. But what is Fin Tech exactly and does it have the possibility to be as transformative as the cloud is proving to [...]

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 [...]

The Cold Hard Truth

By | 2017-04-13T16:16:59+00:00 October 16, 2014|Categories: Strategic Delivery Posts, White Papers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

ALM tools can tell you the truth about your code - but what if you don’t like what you see? Gloria Steinem once said “the truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off!” This reality frequently hits home with many organizations implementing Application Lifecycle Managment (ALM) tools. They find their velocity has [...]

Why Docker Matters

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

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, [...]

US Foods

By | 2017-04-13T16:17:11+00:00 June 23, 2014|Categories: Case Studies, Strategic Delivery Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Company Profile US Foods is the 2nd largest food distribution company with over 250,000 customers. It’s customer base consists of restaurants and institutional cafeterias ranging in size from fortune 500 corporations to small “mom and pop” restaurants. Key to developing this market-share is an advanced e-commerce platform that allows customers of all sizes to [...]

Chicago Cubs

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:00+00:00 June 4, 2014|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , , , |

Company Profile The Chicago Cubs are a professional baseball team located in Chicago, Illinois. They are part of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's National League.  Maven Wave's client is the Technology Group within the Cubs organization. Business Situation Cubs employees, former players, current players and their families may request tickets and/or parking for [...]

Milwaukee Electric Tool

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:01+00:00 June 3, 2014|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Company Profile Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of heavy-duty, portable electric power tools and accessories for professional users worldwide. Business Situation To stay competitive, it became clear to the Milwaukee Electric Tool executive team that the existing website needed significant upgrading. The team conducted a web assessment and hosting performance [...]

Dremel

By | 2016-03-02T16:22:40+00:00 June 3, 2014|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , , |

Company Profile Since inventing the high-speed rotary tool more than 75 years ago, Dremel has become the trusted name in high-speed rotary tool technology, providing creative solutions for hands-on professionals, homeowners, craftspeople and artists alike. Business Situation Dremel decided to enter the mobile marketing arena with the launch of a mobile optimized website and interactive [...]

Townstone Financial

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:01+00:00 June 2, 2014|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , |

Company Profile Townstone Financial is a full service mortgage banker with an experienced staff offering expertise in every area of mortgage lending, from purchase to refinance to construction lending. Townstone has built a strong reputation as an outstanding mortgage banking firm serving the lending needs of real estate professionals, builders, and individual homebuyers throughout Illinois, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Addressing Risk Head On

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:03+00:00 February 10, 2014|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , , |

Maven Wave Risk Solution Changes in the financial markets in the past decade have been dramatic as a combination of faster and more powerful technology along with new market structures and products have revolutionized the way that trading is conducted. Concurrently, a rising tide of regulation has placed new and complicated burdens on all market participants. [...]

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 [...]

It’s A Brave New World for Risk

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:03+00:00 January 24, 2014|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , , |

Keys to Addressing the New Paradigm On the morning of August 20, 2013, there was trouble in the U.S. listed equity options market: a rogue algorithmic trading program, later attributed to Goldman Sachs, was spewing orders into the market without regard to price. Within a matter of minutes, countless trades were consummated, resulting in potentially [...]

Two Reasons to Consider Hybrid Mobile App Frameworks

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:04+00:00 October 14, 2013|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Today, the only thing that’s predictable about mobility is its unpredictability. We cannot foresee what platforms, form factors and technology we will need to support in order to be competitive tomorrow. This presents a serious challenge when planning how your organization will cater to the mobile consumer. When building that next mobile-friendly web site or [...]

Making Informed Decisions about Mobiles Apps: Part Two

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:05+00:00 September 7, 2013|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , , , , , |

A Deeper Dive Into Hybrid Frameworks According to Gartner, by 2016 50% of mobile applications deployed will have been developed using a hybrid framework.  This article dives into some of the driving reasons for this shift and takes an in-depth look at the pros and cons of hybrid. It is painfully obvious to us all [...]

Bosch

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:05+00:00 June 2, 2013|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , , |

Company Profile Bosch USA is a regional branch of the Bosch Group, one of the world’s largest private industrial corporations. Bosch USA has annual sales of $6.8 billion and has 25,000 employees. Business Situation 7,000 SKUs are maintained in a legacy Product Information Management (PIM) system. The legacy PIM system contains several critical deficiencies that [...]

The Garvey Group

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:05+00:00 June 2, 2013|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , |

Company Profile The Garvey Group, located in Niles, Illinois and Sturtevant, WI, offers print production, inventory management, distribution, database, e-commerce fulfillment, and marketing facilities to move businesses forward. The firm specializes in large-format printing, commercial printing, and UV printing synthetics. Business Situation A leading global consumer package goods (CPG) company contacted Garvey for a complete [...]

Making Informed Decisions About Mobile Apps

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:06+00:00 January 16, 2013|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , , , , |

Deciding Between Native, Web-based or Hybrid Solutions The magnitude of growth mobile applications is beyond dispute: nearly three-quarters of organizations will deploy new line-of-business mobile apps in the next 12 months according to IDC. Zenprise estimates that over 183 billion mobile apps will be downloaded in 2015, up from a mere 10.7 billion in 2010, [...]

PackagingPrice.com

By | 2014-06-24T13:18:03+00:00 June 2, 2012|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , |

Company Profile Based in Barrington, Illinois, PackagingPrice.com is a web-based packaging materials supplier filling the void of online bulk purchasing of shipping and packaging-related materials. Business Situation PackagingPrice.com needed to take advantage of the web's characteristics and environment to simplify and enhance the shopping experience for the company’s customer base. The business-to-business application required advanced [...]

Bosch Diagnostics Vetronix

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:19+00:00 June 2, 2012|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , |

Company Profile Bosch Diagnostics is a collection of brands that include the Vetronix automotive aftermarket test equipment brand. Business Situation Vetronix was formerly an independent company and operated its own website and ERP system. When the company was integrated into the Bosch Diagnostics division, the Vetronix web catalog and commerce system needed to be integrated [...]

Business Intelligence: Addressing CIO’s Top Concerns in 2011

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:19+00:00 October 28, 2011|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]