Consulting firms win Google Cloud Partner of the Year awards

23 July 2018

Google has announced the winners of its annual Cloud Partner Awards for excellence in delivery, client service, and innovation. More than a dozen partners including consultancies, system integrators, and resellers were lauded during Google’s Cloud Next Partner Summit in San Francisco, an event that showcased Google Cloud offerings spanning G Suite, GCP, Maps, Devices, and Education. 

Google Cloud is a suite of cloud computing services that helps organizations – from small to large – with realizing their IT and business objectives. The suite provides modular cloud services for topics such as cloud-based working (G Suite), data storage, data analytics, hosting, and machine learning. The platform is supported by a range of experts firms that support Google with development and deploy their own Google-based products and services.

“Our partners are fundamental to providing a great product to customers, particularly as demand for Google Cloud innovations grows,” said Nina Harding, Global Channel Chief, Partner Strategy & Program at Google Cloud. 

During Google’s annual Cloud Next Partner Summit in San Francisco, the technology giant unveiled the winners of its annual awards scheme. Among them were three consulting firms: Slalom Consulting, a management and technology consultancy; ROI Training, a learning & development (L&D) consultancy; and SADA Systems, a technology consultancy.

Slalom received the Google Cloud Global Breakthrough Partner of the Year award. The consulting firm, which has more than ten offices across the US, was recognized for the company’s achievements in outstanding customer service and support to extend the reach of the Google Cloud ecosystem. “Through Slalom’s expertise in cloud enablement, product engineering, DevOps, and data engineering, joint customers have been able to use the cloud to power transformation and innovation, respond faster to customer needs, and attract some of the best talent,” commented the jury of the awards.

Consulting firms win Google Cloud Partner of the Year awards

Mike Cowden, Slalom’s General Manager, said. “Our clients and our people love applying Google Cloud’s advanced cloud capabilities to the most challenging problems. This is an exciting recognition of our growing partnership with Google and we are excited to continue growing both our deep expertise in the platform and our partnership with Google Cloud.”

Founded in 2002, ROI Training is a consultancy that specializes in designing, developing, and delivering customized technology and management training programs. The company received the Google Cloud Global Partner of the Year Award for Excellence in Training – testimony to the firm’s demonstrated track record in “empowering customers and partners of all sizes and industries to take advantage of the entire range of Google Cloud Platform technologies to achieve success in the cloud.”

“We are honored to receive this award and value our ongoing partnership with Google Cloud to drive innovation through training and certification,” said David Carey, CEO & Co-Founder of ROI Training, adding that the company to date has trained over 35,000 people globally in cloud and data engineering technologies.

A Google Cloud Premier Partner since 2013, SADA Systems received a Sales Partner of the Year award. “We are honored to once again be recognized by Google Cloud as a top partner,” said Tony Safoian, President and CEO of the firm. “We’ve invested significant resources in building our Google Cloud revenues [the arm grew over 300% last year] and are excited to continue this partnership.”

Other winners

Other companies that managed to scoop a prestigious Google Cloud Award are g-company, a Benelux-based services firm specializing in Google Cloud and Salesforce implementations; SparkCognition, a firm that builds artificial intelligence solutions; and Dow Jones, which saw its Data, News & Analytics (DNA) platform take home the Google Cloud Partner Award for Innovative Solution in Financial Services & Insurance. 

Meanwhile, last week Google Cloud announced that it has signed a strategic collaboration with Deloitte and SAP to help customers devise a comprehensive cloud strategy, migrate their SAP applications to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and manage their entire cloud environment.

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Liberty Advisor Group named a 2019 Best Place to Work in Chicago

19 April 2019

Management consultancy Liberty Advisor Group was among the companies named to the 2019 Best Places to Work in Chicago. The ranking was published by Crain’s Chicago Business and administered by Best Companies Group.

Based in Chicago, Liberty provides consulting services in the areas of business and technology strategy, mergers and acquisitions, transformation and assurance, business threat intelligence, and data and analytics. Founded in 2008, the company has worked on over 300 M&A deals and delivered over $1 billion in operating income improvement. Liberty’s diverse clientele has included Fortune 500 companies and major oil & gas and manufacturing firms.

The firm’s lean team of 63 strategists, technologists, and entrepreneurs ultimately focus on helping organizations accelerate growth, drive operational efficiency, and reduce risk.Liberty Advisor Group named a 2019 Best Place to Work in ChicagoThe boutique consultancy has now been named one the Best Places to Work in Chicago, reaching number 68 in the rankings. To build the 100-company ranking, Best Companies Group first evaluated each company’s policies, practices, and demographics, and then analyzed employee surveys reflecting workplace experiences and attitudes. Over 14,000 Chicago-area employees responded to the survey.

"This recognition further confirms that Liberty Advisor Group truly is an excellent place to work, with our unique team of senior, results-focused consultants working to solve clients' toughest business and IT problems," Jay Norman, CEO, Liberty Advisor Group, said. "Thanks to Crain's Chicago Business for this honor, and to everyone at Liberty for exemplifying our core values of inquiry, resolve, candor, integrity, courage, community and entrepreneurship."

Boutique staffing companies Engtal and City Staffing topped the list, coming in first and second place, respectively. Other consulting firms that made the grade were Burwood Group (#5), 10th Magnitude (#9), Pariveda Solutions (#13), Integrated Project Management (#16), West Monroe Partners (#24), and Accenture (#38).

Among its other achievements, Liberty is also a Great Place to Work-Certified organization, and was named the #35 Fastest Growing Firm by Consulting Magazine in 2018 – achieving a 112% growth rate between 2014 and 2017.