Robert Blackwell, Chairman, Killerspin/EKI-Digital

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A technology industry leader with a career spanning nearly 30 years, Robert Blackwell Jr. has cultivated Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI) into a leading management and technology consulting firm well-known for its ability to respond to complex business challenges with efficient, intelligent and innovative solutions. Today he oversees the company, which currently employs more than 100 technology and business consulting experts.

Starting at IBM in 1981, Blackwell began his long career in building innovative systems that improve business operations. With a keen passion for entrepreneurship, he then went on to found several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services. A former professional table tennis player, Blackwell also founded Killerspin, the leading table tennis equipment, apparel and promotion company.

Blackwell is currently an active member of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), Executive’s Club of Chicago and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and in 2010 was selected as Chair of the Business Development Committee of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. He has also been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Blackwell also services on the board of several civic organizations including After School Matters, The Belle Center in Chicago and Autism Speaks.

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EKI Invests in Cloud Mine Consulting, Expands Salesforce and Digital Marketing Footprint

EKI Digital is pleased to announce we have invested in Cloud Mine Consulting, a leading and digital marketing professional services firm.   Headquartered in El Segundo, CA, Cloud Mine Consulting assists enterprises of all sizes in developing, customizing, and deploying custom applications on to strategically grow their businesses.  Cloud Mine Consulting is made up of consultants who have both deep technical and programming experience as well an MBA or other proven business management experience.

“We are incredibly optimistic about our investment in Cloud Mine,” said Robert Blackwell, Jr., founder and CEO of EKI Digital. “We expect the combination of EKI Digital’s agile, business-first approach to integrate seamlessly with Cloud Mine’s deeply specialized team.  Cloud Mine’s success in the private and public sectors matches perfectly with EKI Digital’s diverse client base, which includes the City of Chicago, Cook County, the State of Illinois, and several notable private-sector companies.   Together, EKI Digital and Cloud Mine Consulting will establish a new level of excellence in exploiting the many benefits to be gained from technology.”

“We are thrilled about EKI Digital’s investment in our company,” said Jason Sun, Co-Founder and CRM Architect at Cloud Mine Consulting.  “EKI Digital’s proven leadership in Lean Digital businesses, their technical depth and their incredible reputation for excellence complement our knowledge and help position us to do greater things faster than we ever could have imagined.“

“When we founded Cloud Mine Consulting, we wanted to make waves with our unique consulting model of talented people with blended business and technology backgrounds,” said Adam Zuckerman, Co-Founder at Cloud Mine Consulting.  “And with EKI Digital, we’ll be making those waves bigger and sooner.”

For more information on Cloud Mine Consulting, visit their website:

By |February 1st, 2017|Execution Excellence, Information Management, Information Transformation, Process Modernization, Technology Modernization|Comments Off on EKI Invests in Cloud Mine Consulting, Expands Salesforce and Digital Marketing Footprint|

OpenGrid: Geospatial Data Application for the City of Chicago

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The Importance of Having Agile IT Systems

About 20 years ago, IT faced a dilemma: the Internet was still in its infancy and IT was a growing field. That might have been good for college graduates, but it was not good news for business owners. IT was in a category all of its own and it was a rough transition for some. Businesses saw the need for a robust IT department, but could not afford it. IT was in a unique category in that it was not revenue producing. In other words, the IT department of any small business did not contribute to their bottom line. It cost businesses money instead, making it difficult to justify the expense. The people in those IT departments were always applying to the executive boards and owners of the companies for newer equipment and better solutions. The biggest problem was cost. Most of the time, the cost could not be justified. This left many firms in the dark; they had to make do with what they had, which made them less competitive as time went on.
By |January 12th, 2016|Information Transformation, Process Modernization, Technology Modernization|Comments Off on The Importance of Having Agile IT Systems|
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    Gartner “2016 CIO Agenda: Building the Digital Platform” – Key Takeaways

Gartner “2016 CIO Agenda: Building the Digital Platform” – Key Takeaways

On Monday, Gartner held a webinar entitled “2016 CIO Agenda: Building the Digital Platform” that focused on the needs, roles and concerns for CIOs in the new year. The study surveyed almost 3,000 CIOs from around the world in multiple industries including Government, Banking, Healthcare and Manufacturing. With the research and analytical expertise of 83 global Gartner team members, the information was summarized and concluded with some rather eye-opening findings. Click here to watch the webinar in its entirety. Clearly, the reason for the study and webinar indicates the need and importance of becoming digital. This trend is no longer an option for organizations and specifically CIOs, but a necessity for efficient business and for gaining an advantage in the competitive landscape.
By |November 30th, 2015|Information Management|Comments Off on Gartner “2016 CIO Agenda: Building the Digital Platform” – Key Takeaways|

Process Velocity

Process velocity measures the speed (time) of the process. The faster the pace, the greater the value can be created. The faster the process; the faster the process converts cash outflow to cash inflow. The time value of money concept says money received today is better than money received in the future. Some processes have much greater urgency for increasing their velocity than other processes, but they are all connected…

Process Velocity Infograph

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Rethinking Application Development

Application development has spread beyond responsibility and control of CIOs to multiple business units, including marketing, product development and operations. It’s nothing new to say applications can aid business processes, improve intra- and inter-departmental collaboration and create better access to information for improved decision making. However, there is something to be said about the way we build applications and ensure they are helping more than hurting…
By |October 7th, 2015|Technology Modernization|Comments Off on Rethinking Application Development|

The Importance of Executive Sponsorship

Making changes and transformation within a business can be challenging. When organizational leadership takes a passive stance, changes can be almost impossible to implement. Statistics abound on corporate failures every year. One of the main reasons for these failures is the lack of involvement from executive leaders. Executive sponsorship can take your ideas much further than expected simultaneously reducing the occurrence of failures and increasing productivity.
By |October 1st, 2015|Execution Excellence|Comments Off on The Importance of Executive Sponsorship|