Big Momentum On A Small Scale

June 14, 2012 – eMentum Founder and CEO speaks to Bisnow on growing organically.

Some entrepreneurs strive to create global behemoths. Some think they can have behemoth power without getting beyond 50 or so people.

That’s Carolyn Merek, who runs eMentum, a Bethesda, Md.-based strategic consulting firm focused on civilian agencies. She launched the company 10 years ago and has 30 employees who do everything from cybersecurity to IT consolidation

The firm has evolved from focusing on telecom and e-mail infrastructures to security and identity management. With each employee having an average of 20 years of experience, Carolyn says steady organic growth is just fine

A recent project was retooling a customer’s entire enterprise security architecture. The firm’s strategy has been to not only be vendor agnostic but also teach agencies how to do some of their own IT stuff.

With a major security push among agencies, one trend Carolyn (a former Accenture associate partner) has seen is increased demand for single-sign on and getting PIV cards to work on workstations and laptops as inexpensively as possible.

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