On February 10th Stephen Garden was featured in Consulting Magazine’s 2017 Seven Small Jewels feature. Consulting Magazine is the flagship publication of the consulting profession featuring the latest information on consulting careers, thought leadership, and corporate strategies. Read the article below to learn more about CorpInfo-Onica’s history and our Amazon Web Services consulting practice.
Uncovering the Hidden Gems of the Profession
Every year, Consulting magazine shines a light on smaller firms that are shaking up the profession. Year in and out, the Seven Small Jewels outperform the overall profession, growing revenue an average of 45% in 2016. Each Small Jewel has carved out a unique niche to help topple many of the profession’s Goliaths.
The 2017 Seven Small Jewels
Since launching in the early 1980’s, Santa Monica-based CorpInfo-Onica, an award-winning IT consulting firm has been focused mainly on the aerospace, retail and utilities markets. Recently they have grown into a force to be reckoned with. With nearly 34 years under its belt, the firm began in the technology equipment space, assembling mainframe PCs, and quickly saw where technology has changed over the years, helping customers unlock the value and full potential of technology to move their businesses forward was the one constant.
“Our co-founders still own control of the company today and have successfully navigated through multiple waves of technological innovation over the last three decades, most recently pioneering investments into cloud computing expertise,” says Stephen Garden, CEO of CorpInfo-Onica.
Garden credits partnerships, like Amazon Web Services, as one of the keys to the firm’s success. “We pride ourselves on partnering with the right technology partners that are pioneering innovative and game changing technology solutions. Then we invest in training our consultants to become world class in these technologies,” he says. “That has been the magic formula. Our technology partners are companies that create massive disruption in the industry by providing a great revenue capturing opportunity.”
And it’s working. CorpInfo-Onica grew 86% over the last three years, making the Inc. 5000’s list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. In that same time period, CorpInfo-Onica’s billable consulting staff has nearly doubled. “Our big opportunities are currently centered around guiding customers in developing a successful path to cloud adoption,” Garden says. “The deeper opportunity is in helping customers make fundamental shifts in their business models through leveraging cloud computing and other innovative technologies which set the stage for significant consumer advancement in areas like the Internet of Things (IoT) and DevOps.”
It’s also about better serving our customers on strategic projects that drive innovation and enable their businesses to grow in new ways never thought possible, Garden says. “The coming of age of cloud computing excites us because a lot of the investment we have been making is now starting to pay off,” Garden says. “We are excited about what comes next.” The goal for us, Garden says, is broader coverage of the U.S., which presents interesting opportunities to help serve more clients and expand the roles and responsibilities of the team internally, so that they can take their careers to new heights. We pride ourselves on deep domain experience. Being agnostic comes at a cost. We’ve been able to successful transform our company through multiple periods of technological change. What better way to be able to guide customers through similar technological transformation.
Meanwhile Garden says his biggest challenge right now, besides being able to find ample parking for the firm’s growing number of employees — is to not stumble under CorpInfo-Onica’s own momentum. “There are a lot of bright shiny objects out there for us to play with right now,” he says. “Being selective and strategic are our biggest challenges.”
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