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Jade Global is a Leading Silicon Valley IT Services Provider for Integrated Solutions & Digital Consulting

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Jade Global is a Leading Silicon Valley IT Services Provider for Integrated Solutions & Digital Consulting

Founded in 2003, Jade Global laid its foundation to deliver excellence to its customers. They have been recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in North America by Inc. 5000 for 9 consecutive years.

The company is Oracle Platinum Cloud Select Partner, Salesforce Silver Partner, ServiceNow Silver partner, Dell Boomi Select Implementation Partner, NetSuite Partner and Microsoft Gold partner. Under the leadership of CEO Karan Yaramada, Jade brings the right combination of process knowledge, product expertise, technical skills, project management and flexible delivery models to help customers accelerate business agility and achieve digital transformation.

THE MAN BEHIND THE IDEA

Karan Yaramada, CEO of Jade Global, moved to Silicon Valley from India in 1997 and founded Jade Global after having worked for about 11 years in IT. Before starting Jade Global, he worked as a tenured consultant with KPMG, Tata Consultancy Services, and General Electric. After the Dot Com Boom and Y2K Bust, he observed a major shift in IT services and business becoming more global, and thought of starting his own venture.

Karan was the first employee at Jade Global. Despite the challenges of entrepreneurship,  he hustled to win the first customer project less than a year into founding the company. This early customer is still a customer with Jade after 16 years! Over the years, Jade Global has expanded its offerings to include enterprise business application implementations, integrations, software product engineering, testing, support, Cloud services, technology advisory and managed services.

In an enlightening conversation with Karan, The CEO Magazine got a chance to know more about the company, corporate culture, ethical practices, future plans, journey, services and more.

The CEO: What problem does your company solve and how are you different from others in the field?

Karan: We deliver value to our clients in many ways. Our experienced teams understand current business challenges and how they manifest in a rapidly changing environment. We put our clients’ interests first and do not hesitate to offer candid opinions about solution design or implementation. Our proprietary process accelerators are born out of our diverse experience in implementing and integrating enterprise systems; these tools help compress the time required for our clients to realize tangible benefits.

The CEO: What are the challenges that your company currently faces?

Karan: As Jade Global rapidly grows, we hire and groom managers and leaders. A key challenge that Jade is currently facing is hiring managers or mid-level senior managers who are not aligned with Jade’s philosophy and culture. When we bring new people into the company, we want them to be able to assimilate and represent the Jade value system. We always make sure the customer understands we go the extra mile beyond what we sign on the dotted line.

Upholding company culture and keeping employees happy is the second part of our M&V statement. We invest in employee growth, learning and development to align our internal business practices with our vision. We provide​ ​​ ​full​ ​spectrum​ ​of​ ​advisory services to a diverse client base made up of Fortune 500 to midsize organizations.

The CEO: What advice can you give entrepreneurs who want to venture into the same domain in the future?

Karan: My advice would be to create a business model that above all, is adaptable to change. Being adaptable to change is most important in remaining relevant and innovative in the IT industry Change is innovation. You must make sure you are innovative in changing year after year to scale the business, but at the same time, you can disrupt the flow by making too many changes too quickly. You must be adaptable to and embrace change.

The CEO: How do you make sure everybody stays motivated at work?

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Karan: It is tough to drive a uniform culture as we keep growing and there is no silver bullet to overcome this. However, keeping the conversation open and encouraging connections throughout the company is how I manage the risk and keep everybody motivated. We encourage open dialogue and an open-door policy.

The CEO: What are the achievements and awards earned by the company?

Karan: Besides achieving growth targets, plans to make Jade Global an agile company that can adapt and evolve quickly. We would like to build our brand that is technology or partner agnostic.

  • Silicon Valley Business Journal Fast-Private Award Winner (2017, 2018)
  • The Philadelphia 100 List of fastest-growing private companies (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Member of the Oracle Cloud Excellence Implementer Program (2018)
  • We have been featured speakers/panelists at Oracle Collaborate 2017, 2018, 2019, The Oracle Modern Business Experience 2019, OAUG Cloud Week 2018 Presenter, SROAUG 2018 Conference, etc

CORE TEAM

AnantSoni, As the Executive Vice President, Delivery Excellence and Enterprise IT, Anant is responsible for delivering on the ‘Jade Promise’ through perpetuating a culture of excellence that focuses on the spirit of the best in class processes and maturity frameworks. Anant is also responsible for making Jade’s systems and processes ready for sustained growth while enabling customer-facing employees with the right information.

Rama Karanam joined Jade Global as its CFO in Dec 2018. He manages the global finance and accounting functions to support Jade Global in its growth plans and financial objectives and works out of the North Wales, PA of Jade Global. Rama is a chartered accountant with 20+ years of experience in the technology industry. He has worked with global financial leaders including Deloitte and NTT Data and handled a variety of roles spanning across finance, human resources, talent acquisition, and legal services.

The CEO: Tell me about when you failed. How did you overcome it?

Karan: It was difficult to find the right customers during the early stages of the business. I saw the greatest value in having customers who were patient, trusting and willing to give repeat business. We overcame this challenge by finding a few key customers, in the beginning, to build close relationships with. We were always honest about expectations and delivered consistent work. We are in a rapid scaling mode right now. We would like to build a world-class brand where our customers trust and depend on us for their mission-critical business needs, and our employees feel proud to be part of Jade Global.

 The CEO: What was your journey like to get where you are?

Karan: Jade Global began as a small business that handled Oracle support services and upgrades projects. There was a lot of hard, backbreaking work and long hours involved, but I won Jade’s first client project in less than a year. Despite the challenges of entrepreneurship, I always kept a long-term vision in mind. As Jade Global grew, we expanded our offerings to include enterprise business application implementations, integrations, software product engineering, testing, support, Cloud services, and technology advisory and managed services.

The CEO: Tell us how you’ve approached change.

Karan: Being adaptable to change is most important in remaining relevant and innovative in the IT industry. Change is innovation. We strive to be innovative and change year after year to scale the business, but at the same time avoid making too many changes too quickly. Understand that you can’t do it all alone and you need people around you that are better than you. Trust them and help them succeed.

The CEO: How do you learn in your life and what is your biggest dream?

Karan: Always look for opportunities to improve me and learn better ways of doing things. I believe everyone in this world has some special skills and talent. Keeping the mind open to recognizing that improvising is the key to my success. In the future, Jade Global will become one of the major global Digital and Software companies in the world where we help our customers achieve long-term growth and profits and help our employees achieve their career ambitions and vision.

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