Corporate Vision May 2017

16 CORPORATE VISION / May 2017 , Avasant is a leadingmanagement consulting firm focused on translating the power of technology into realizable business strategies. We caught up with Kevin S. Parikh, winner of the CEO of the Year California Award, to learnmore about howAvasant is impacting the market. Enabling Business Transformation through Technology Since Avasant’s inception in 2006, it has supported some of the most influential Fortune 500 companies through substantial change and growth. These engagements were successful because of the firm’s core principles of innovation, flexibility, and agility. Much of this can be credited to the strong foundation established by Global CEO and Founder, Kevin S. Parikh, and his founding team. With offices all over the world, Avasant promotes a company culture predicated on teamwork. An extensive 12-week training program, an annual offsite company retreat, and even zero-cost gym memberships, are just some of many perks Avasant provides its consultants. This mix has created a unique internal dynamic, resulting in Avasant being recognized as one of the 50 “Best Companies to Work For,” according to Vault Consulting. This collaborative culture has also enabled Avasant to provide high value solutions and recommendations to big brands. Martin Boyer, VP and CIO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), stated in a recent interview about the company’s working relationship with Avasant, “Avasant has been engaged with GTAA to support in an enterprise-wide business and IT transformation initiative. As a result of this initiative, GTAA has identified both significant IT costs savings as well as potential for business process optimization, passenger experience improvement and revenue growth. Avasant continues to be a trusted partner in this journey and a key part of our success.” “Our clients come to us for strategic advice on how to utilize market-available technologies within their businesses to support their clients and employees alike,” says Parikh. “The majority of society feels threatened by impending concepts such as ‘digital singularity’, when technology will have integrated itself into every aspect of our realities – how we live, work and play. At Avasant, our stance is that the advent of artificial intelligence, automation, and the like does not mean the end of humanity, but rather the beginning of a new era to free human creativity and deliver greater opportunities.” As a result of embracing this new paradigm, Avasant is working on some of its most exciting, transformative projects yet. For example, Avasant recently created an application modernization and services migration strategy for a multinational toy manufacturing company that is projected to generate $300 million in added value. “Moving forward, we have a number of highly disruptive projects planned which will change the way businesses are run and interact with their consumers. These projects will implement the most innovative products on the market and change partnership structures with technology partners to promote co-investment and growth,” says Parikh. Avasant’s engagement in the global market has also inspired a strong commitment to community and social responsibility. Through initiatives funded by organizations like the World Bank and Rockefeller Foundation, Avasant has helped catalyse the creation of thousands of new jobs across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. Avasant’s not-for-profit arm, Avasant Foundation, supports technology and skill development programs to create employment opportunities for youth across these territories. Parikh is the Chairman of Avasant Foundation, and also serves as a member of Girl Rising’s US-India Advisory Board. Parikh looks forward to continue promoting a culture of excellence within Avasant to drive high value engagements and social impact. Company: Avasant Name: Kevin S. Parikh Address: 1960 East Grand Avenue Suite 1050, El Segundo, California 90245 Phone: +1 310 643 3030 Fax: +1 310 643 3033 Email: Nicole Dulay, Digital Marketing Manager, [email protected] Website: 1702CV44