Congratulations to the CYMA team on celebrating 5 years in business this month, 4 of which have been as members of Generator! CYMA hired one of our meeting rooms back in 2013, liked the place so much they decided to join up! Starting with a corporate membership then moving up to shared space and finally a closed office as they have grown.
CYMA are an IT and Enterprise Architecture consultancy. Providing technology leadership with the tools they need to effectively define and communicate IT strategy. Helping organisations of all size and all industries make smart and informed technology investment decisions. Rather than delivering a wider set if IT services, they remain independent of specific products and vendors and can operate as true independent advisors to their clients, being genuinely focused on the right result for the client, to provide space and time for professional and personal development, to care about the welfare of our community, and to explore the benefits of collaboration and empowerment in an organisation.
CYMA are celebrating their 5th year in business, what was the driving factor to start the company 5 years ago?
Cyma was created as a platform to make a difference to the IT profession in NZ and to increase the value that IT can offer to businesses.
As founders of Cyma, Vijesh Nangia, Michael Tapp and I could see that there was an opportunity to build a company that was focused on providing consultancy and design services to help business deliver on their strategy faster. Too often, an IT department is focused on solving day to day issues rather than engaging with the organisation at a strategic level and helping realise the longer term goals. We provide the tools to bridge the gap between IT and the business it supports, building roadmaps that show how technology can move to support the vision and goals of an organisation – this is what we call business and enterprise architecture. We also provide the skills to execute on the different stages of the roadmap, which is what we call solution architecture. By focusing only on this, rather than delivering a wider set if IT services, we remain independent of specific products and vendors and can operate as true independent advisors to our clients.
We also wanted to do things in a different way; to be genuinely focused on the right result for the client, to provide space and time for professional and personal development, to care about the welfare of our community, and to explore the benefits of collaboration and empowerment in an organisation. And we wanted to stretch ourselves, learn new skills, and have some fun along the way.
How is your team made up and how do they operate?
We are 20 strong, and growing, comprised of a mix of permanent staff and associates. The team will spend a lot of time on site working directly for and with clients, but we work hard to ensure that there is enough time for us to work together as well. There is a strong focus on collaboration and we use some cool tools to help us achieve this in such a distributed environment. We maintain a very flat and simple structure and endeavour to create an environment that supports and encourages situational leadership.
How much has changed at CYMA since you first started 5 years ago? What are some key successes you and the team have experienced?
Cyma’s purpose and vision remain pretty much the same, but Michael, Vijesh and I have changed profoundly as we have faced and addressed all the different challenges that you encounter on a journey like this. I think the fact that we are here after 5 years is the major success. We have some fantastic long term clients that span telecommunication, media, health and engineering so I would say the trust that has developed over time is another success and a testament to the idea behind Cyma as well as the great work that our team does.
What plans have you got for the team and the company this coming year?
We have grown well over the past 5 years and plan to continue this through the next 3 years. This year we will add 5 or so people to the team and have already started this process. We need to develop some new services to support growth, so we have been training up on a few emergent technologies and trends – there is always something new in IT. This will in turn create some opportunities for the team to put new skills into practice.
Your team started here at Generator coming up 4 years ago (later this year) we have been lucky enough to have you progress from a Corporate membership, to shared space desks, and into a closed office suite what does being part of Generator mean for you and the team on a daily basis?
Generator provides us with the support and flexibility we need as a growing business. It is not easy starting a business and it is way too easy to focus on things that are not core to what you do. The team at Generator have been fantastic at taking away all the office related responsibilities and allowed us to focus on our business. The vibe here at Generator is also fantastic and it is a neat place to come to work – this is in part the location, but mostly the team – if I was to list the Generator team members who have made it special to be here it would include the names of all the people who have worked here over the past 4 years.
What is your role in the business and the favourite part of your job?
We split executive duties among the three founders as best we can, but we all end up doing something of everything. My main responsibilities are finance and HR, and I do like the HR side of things – especially as we try to run our organisation in a more modern, inclusive, and purposeful manner. As a consultancy, we all work for clients as well, so I do have to roll up my sleeves and get dirty every now and then.
What is your spirit animal? Why?
I was born in the year of the monkey, and I think that is a good match. Inquisitive, playful, social, likes bananas and trees but I can be a bit nitpicky.