Building a new kind of consultancy

James Hunt

There is a quiet serenity to being early. Picking up a new technology that hasn’t yet seen widespread adoption, taking-up a niche hobby, or – bear with me here – even joining a startup. There is no tradition. There is no “that’s how it’s always been.” There is no “we’ve always done things this way.” The sense of possibility and the openness of it all is refreshing.

The future is, quite deliberately, wide open. A blank canvas. A clean slate. An empty page; just waiting to be written to.

It can also be scary. That empty page is a daunting challenge. What will you make of it? Free to make all the decisions from the ground-up, what avenues will you close-off as you choose?

At Vivanti, we’re building a new type of cloud consultancy. One based on trust and empowerment. We know what has worked for us in the past, what hasn’t worked, and what we would like to improve. We are steadfast and unyielding in two things: empowering our people and doing right by our customers.

Empowering our people

We are looking for savvy, technical people who want to forge their own path in the industry. For our part, we’ll support you in whatever decisions you make for your clients. That’s right; I said “your clients”.

Consultants own their engagements, and cultivate the relationships with clients. We live by the idea that companies don’t hire consulting firms – people hire consultants. In turn, we empower our consultants to fully commit to the success of their clients.

Doing right by our customers

What does it mean to be fully committed to a customer? It means you do everything in your power to make them successful. You advise during decision-making. You sling code during implementation. You deliver with everything you’ve got.

Sometimes, delivering to make the customer successful means reducing billable hours. Maybe you make things so much better that they need less of our time. Maybe you advocate for a solution that moves them out of our sphere of expertise. Maybe you deliver on a three-month engagement in only three weeks.

The important thing is not that we’ve racked-up billable hours, but that we’ve helped our customers do what they set out to do. A funny thing happens when you do this. Customers – the people – come to rely on you and trust you implicitly. By ensuring you are absolutely aligned with them, you build a relationship that will last.

And relationships are the lifeblood of a consulting firm.

But what about the technology, James?

This next bit used to be a lot harder for me than it is these days: The Technology Isn’t That Important.

It’s a lot of fun, sure. It definitely matters on a small scale but, overall, proficiency with a specific technology is the least important thing to me. You can learn Java, or Go, or Kubernetes. You can learn how to architect microservices applications, and when a monolith is a better fit. You can learn all the ins-and-outs of each and every cloud provider, given enough time.

When you join Vivanti, we’ll make sure of it.

We believe in lifelong learning. The technology industry moves too fast to rely on what you knew ten years ago, or even ten months ago. We have a whole program, the Vivanti Institute of Technology for helping you find the learning resources, certification tracks, and training opportunities that interest you. Through learning, we become better consultants, better able to assist our clients.

Come join us

We are young. We are early. We are in that period of quiet serenity where we get to build a new kind of consulting firm, one consultant at a time. Come join us, and we’ll build it together.