Collaborative Solutions

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Location: Reston, VA
Founded: 2003
Industry: Technology

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Collaborative Solutions

Carroll Ross
CEO

REINVENTING A BRAND

In the mid-2000s, Collaborative Solutions reinvented itself. The company transitioned from providing on-site ERP systems consulting services to deploying cloud-based software-as-a-service applications. This move came as part of Collaborative Solutions’ decision to embrace the shift in its industry, and provide its customers with the most cutting-edge solutions. Today, the business grows as a result of its strategic partnerships with leading cloud-computing providers, a dynamic which has taken it from being a small fish in a big pond, to what CEO Carroll Ross describes as a “large player in an emerging and rapidly growing ecosystem.”

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Its reinvention set Collaborative Solutions up for growth, but it also led to talent challenges. In a field where potential recruits have many choices, Collaborative Solutions had to find a way to draw in and keep the top talent. “Flexible work schedules, telecommuting [and] continuous feedback have created a different dynamic that goes beyond the older, traditional brick-and-mortar model,” Ross says. “Not just adapting to the changing workplace dynamic, but staying far ahead of it, has been critical.” To do this, Collaborative Solutions has created a unique workplace culture that fosters a hard-working but fun environment for employees.