In December, we announced the news of our first strategic growth investment from JLL Partners — a major milestone that signals the beginning of a new era for Modus Create.
For over a decade, we’ve helped organizations across industries adapt to the digital economy with new user-centric products, platforms, and processes. Strong client performance and word of mouth grew our company organically and exponentially, year after year.
But today’s not the day to dwell on the past. Instead, I’d like to share where the digital consulting industry is headed. And what role Modus Create, supported by JLL, will play in it.
The Next Leg of Digital Transformation
We are at an inflection point in digital consulting.
Every company is a technology company in 2022. New channels have enabled organizations to have direct relationships with customers, partners, and employees, creating massive amounts of data in the process.
If enabling web, mobile, and connected device channels was the first leg of digital transformation, dealing with resulting data will be the second.
Data is only useful if you can translate its utility back into the hands of your customers. So, how can organizations normalize these data pipelines to acquire, engage, and retain customers? How can data elevate employee productivity?
The answers to these questions lie in some of our era’s most advanced technologies — AI, ML, IoT, and advanced analytics. These technologies will shape the future of Modus Create, the digital consulting industry, and your business as well.
A Story of Anti Patterns
Modus Create has always found success enabling high integrity platforms in regulated industries, such as finance and healthcare. JLL’s extensive experience in transforming such high integrity and high trust industries makes them a natural partner for us. This will help us accelerate digital transformation in organizations that need it the most.
Our partnership draws further strength from our alignment on the core ethos of digital consulting, which some might deem “counter traditional.”
When Jay and I founded Modus Create in 2011, we wanted to right the wrongs of traditional consulting that sells arbitrage over outcomes. Whether it’s being remote a decade ahead of the pack or embracing the open source ethos in an industry dominated by more traditional operating models, our story has been a story of anti-patterns. JLL saw that as a strength, not a liability.
But we were never rebels just for kicks. All our decisions continue to be guided by the mission to build the world’s best talent-centric global platform. If you structure a company with that goal, it will start to look a lot like Modus — a global, remote team driven by OKRs and open source-inspired culture.
From Digital Boutique to a Digital Platform Partner
Over the last decade, Modus Create has expanded from a highly specialized team of open source app developers and product strategists into a global consulting organization enabling growth stage and enterprise clients to accelerate their digital transformation goals.
The JLL partnership allows us to complement our existing strengths in digital product development, cloud native applications, and security with end-to-end capabilities for business process automation, data science, AI, and machine learning, all strong areas of growth in our existing business.
The future of consulting lies in empowering clients to ask the right questions, not just giving the right answers. As we continue on our path as a learning company, I’d again thank all our clients, partners, and Modites for their support. Lastly, a big thanks to JLL Partners for reinforcing our vision.
These are exciting times indeed.