REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SolutionsIQ® Corporation, the leader for enterprise Agile transformation services, today announced it has acquired BigVisible Solutions®, a Boston-based Agile consultancy. With nearly 150 Agile consultants, the combined company forms the largest and most experienced Agile consulting firm focused exclusively on enterprise Agile adoption. The acquisition broadens SolutionsIQ's U.S. geographic reach, especially in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. SolutionsIQ was advised on the transaction by Cascadia Capital, a Seattle-based investment bank.
"By combining two groups of experienced Agile experts, we significantly increase our ability to meet the needs of Fortune 500 customers with geographically-dispersed operations," said Charlie Rudd, CEO of SolutionsIQ.
"A core part of the BigVisible philosophy has always been to make a big and visible impact on our customers, our industry and our partners," said Giora Morein, former CEO of BigVisible. "The merging of these two market-leading organizations will allow us to do that on a much greater scale—to have an even greater collective impact on our market—something I find tremendously exciting."
SolutionsIQ will operate its main offices in Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston in the U.S., and Bangalore in India, while working closely with strategic global partners in the U.S., Asia, EMEA and South America. The company's customer growth within such industries as IT, financial services, telecom, retail and manufacturing, is largely due to the fact that "business agility" has become increasingly critical to global organizations. This is borne out in the consistent 20-percent-plus growth SolutionsIQ has experienced during the past few years. The company has announced that it intends to expand its consultant base by 35% in 2015 to address the growing demand.
SolutionsIQ has been a leader in Agile consulting since the methodology was introduced more than a decade ago. The company's latest offering is its comprehensive Agile Transformation Solution (ATS). ATS is an integrated program structured to help organizations formalize processes and tool structures that streamline product delivery and promote innovation. It is designed to meet the diverse needs of executives, mid-level managers and delivery teams, all within a proven organization change management framework. BigVisible has grown its firm through its Business Agility offerings, which leverages its Enterprise Lean Startup services to improve an organization's responsiveness to change by providing the tools and techniques needed to accelerate discovery, experimentation and market-validation. "The Business Agility offerings strengthen our Agile Transformation Solution," said Rudd. "Customers obtain an adaptive framework that accelerates performance and the foundation to effectively compete and win in the 21st-century innovation economy."
In addition to the ATS and Business Agility services, SolutionsIQ offers:
- Agile Portfolio Management: SolutionsIQ helps enterprise organizations develop strategies and processes for continuous collaboration between IT and business stakeholders. Analysis and planning around budgeting, investment cycles, business case development, prioritization and performance-based decision-making drive value in Agile software delivery initiatives. These advanced services are crucial for scaling Agile across the large enterprise and determining impact and resource allocation when competitive and time-to-market pressures build.
- Agile Technical Engineering: Improved software development practices are at the foundation of Agile. Many Agile companies still lack the technical engineering capabilities to benefit from Agile software development practices. SolutionsIQ now offers Agile technical engineering that helps customers create virtually flawless code and applications.
- Enterprise Lean Startup: Another motivating force behind the acquisition was BigVisible's Enterprise Lean Startup services, which support the continued and widespread adoption of Lean-based business and software approaches. SolutionsIQ will now offer this service to its clientele while further promoting the ideology that Agile and Lean are complementary approaches to improving workflow.
When asked how the companies' cultures will affect the acquisition, Rudd said, "We are extremely confident this combination will succeed as both companies have a deep commitment to Agile values and leading customers on their Agile journey. We share a vision of the future where business Agility is the standard, not the exception. It will be exciting to watch what emerges from this grand collaboration."
A leading provider of Agile transformation services, SolutionsIQ takes a real-world approach. With global reach, a large and highly-experienced consulting staff, and decades of success across diverse industries, SolutionsIQ offers the broadest range of services in the Agile industry. Its training, team coaching, management consulting, software development, and onsite Agile professionals help businesses get Agile at the individual, team, and enterprise level. SolutionsIQ serves a growing client base of companies in many verticals including financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, government, and technology by providing them the Agile tools and practices needed to successfully innovate in today's volatile marketplace.
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