Incorporated in 2009, Summit 7 Systems was founded upon the collective concern by our two founding partners, Scott Edwards and Ben Curry, while working at NASA. This concern was driven by the fact that technology was shifting faster than organizations could reasonably achieve promised value – Summit 7 Systems was created to enable organizations to find a new way to work.
Summit 7 Systems approach towards technology is built upon the same principles that transformed the industry through Ben Curry and Bill English’s SharePoint Best Practices. The uniqueness of the Summit 7 approach is characterized by adaptable methodologies derived from the same practices used to put people into space. Combining NASA lessons learned with proven Best Practices is our secret sauce at Summit 7 Systems – we just adapt the recipes for a “new way to work“.
Our business and services operation model is simple – customer focused, customer centric, partnership driven. We build our relationship and partnerships by being open, honest, and transparent. If this means we end projects early, recommend a solution outside our skill set, or even support a competing interest we will do it – if it is the right thing for you.
We thrive best on projects when our customers are our partners, we call this our CaaP initiative. We believe in what we do and the value we bring, but we also know that not every company needs a services (consulting) company – so much so, that we have flipped the tables and provided the justification to you that you may not need us. How’s that for straightforward and honest?
As humans, there is a common thread of imperfection in how we communicate, collaborate, and protect our organizations’ resources. Perfection is not our absolute goal, but average is not ok. Every member of the Summit 7 team wakes up and pours their cup of coffee or Mountain Dew; and then jumps on your project, steps on stage at a conference, pens a white paper, or turns on the mic for a new webinar – all for the sake of fighting against the average. There are far too many outside forces looking to compromise your data, getting a competitive leg up on your business, or slinging out bad advice. That is why we want to prepare our readership and our customers with the best ammo for fighting average. #loadup
We ask questions, but we listen. We converse, but we listen. Our discovery process is outcome driven and is built from the ground up by using conversational techniques that gather deep technical, functional, and compliance related requirements without being a solution or technically centered discovery process. Seeing is believing. Visual progress is powerful – we won’t operate in a vacuum. We embed milestones and phases in a way that continues to integrate the voice of the customer in our projects.
These statistics are only a snapshot of the gaps we see in so many industries. With the introduction of new cloud technologies and transition to identity as the new control pane, it is becoming increasingly more challenging to wade through the sea of control settings and policies. Rather you’re looking to migrate, configure the Microsoft environments you have currently, or want to securely transform your business processes – our team is ready to take on your burdens… and make you look like a rockstar.
Scott Edwards and Ben Curry incorporated Summit 7 Systems in 2008 and later moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 2009 to focus on contracting and services surrounding the Microsoft Business Productivity Infrastructure and the associated suite of products.