The five fastest growing IT services companies in the US
The global IT industry set to reach $5trn in 2019, according to CompTIA’s analysis, and is expected to grow by about 4% over the course of the year. While the majority of growth is being driven by companies involved in ‘emerging tech’ like artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and so on, the majority of the market (53%) is still comprised of hardware, software and service providers.
Last week, Inc released its annual list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the US. Given that the US still represents the largest IT market in the world (accounting for 31% - China has 26% and is gaining fast) check out the five fastest growing IT services companies in the country.
Based in Nutley, New Jersey, SwankTek is a leading technology and business consulting services firm with a focus on Oracle applications. SwankTek customers have access to industry leading expertise regarding cloud, integration projects, ERP, EPM and business intelligence. The company was founded in 2006 and has grown by 81% in the past three years. In 2018, the company reported revenues of $24.2mn.
Global Data Vault
Driven by its ‘culture of quality’ and belief that ‘it’s always our problem’, Global Data Vault has established itself as one of the premier backup and disaster recovery service providers in the country. Based in Dallas, Texas, GLobal Data Vault offers protection for Windows and Linux physical servers and any virtual that runs on VMware or Hyper-V – and mixed / blended environments. In 2018, the company reported revenues of $2.8mn, representing 81% growth over the past three years.
Founded in 2013, ADAPTURE is an Atlanta, Georgia-based cloud and enterprise security consultancy and professional services firm focused on the integration of people, process and technology in the data center space. ADAPTURE grew by 82% over the past three years and reported a 2018 revenue of $38.1mn.
Today, ADPATURE announced that the company will merge with the Centrics Group, operating under the ADAPTURE brand moving forward.
In response to the announcement, ADAPTURE president, Robert Pastor said: “We recognised substantial collaboration between the companies that this new structure will enable at a much higher level. We’re looking forward to making it easier for our clients and channel partners to take advantage of the solutions both divisions offer.”
Growing 83% over the past three years and reporting 2018 revenues of $9.8mn, 2020 Teknology is an IT solutions engineering firm based in Virginia. The company specialises in value added reselling and systems integration to help organisations secure and optimise their IT infrastructure. According to the company, “Our core competencies include architecting scalable and reliable networks, improving productivity with unified communication solutions and leveraging our cybersecurity assessment to improve security posture.”
The fastest-growing IT services firm in the US, CirrusLabs, expanded by 263% over the past three years, by far outpacing its competition. The Alpharetta, Georgia-based company, which brought home revenues of $18.4mn in 2018, specialises in cloud management, internet of things and data & analytics services.
In March 2019, CirrusLabs expanded dramatically with its acquisition of Axxis Solutions, a leader in cloud advisory and technology services specialising in Salesforce, Shopify, and AWS.
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”