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Over the past two years, the fast-moving new platforms of mobility and cloud computing have more often worked hand in glove to provide new methods of communication and data access throughout the enterprise.
It's often hard to keep up, especially when major platforms like Android and Azure are not even three years old. But Slalom Consulting, Seattle, has not only kept up but has thrived. Consider its key win with Coca-Cola Enterprises. Working with Microsoft Consulting Services, Slalom created an interactive site under SharePoint best practices that gave the Atlanta-based customer the ability to host shared assemblies, video on demand and social networking, among many features and capabilities.
Slalom helped guide Coca-Cola into a greater deployment of cloud services. It also developed an iPad app for the client that used multimedia and interactivity to show a unique timeline of its brand.
"A key driver of Slalom and its consultants is constantly being vigilant for the next process or technology that can be brought to bear in solving our clients' challenges," said David Uhler, national director of research and development and a managing director of Slalom Mobility. "Mobile and cloud both independently and increasingly together represent a growing area of interest for Slalom and our clients."
While maintaining skill sets in critical areas, Uhler said a "focus on the process of problem solving" is also key because it helps Slalom "avoid becoming too staid in a specific method or platform that would prevent us from understanding what the right solution is for our clients."
Slalom believes that high-performance computing, massive data sets and increasing numbers of devices for organizations will represent opportunities, according to Uhler. "Cloud and mobile have created a rich playground that still has yet to be fully leveraged to what these technologies can be in the ultimate form," he said.
By Edward F. Moltzen