DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - May 14, 2014) - ThinkTank, the leading provider of Collaborative Process Software, announced today that Dr. Mark Adkins has been named as the company's Chief Collaboration Officer.
Dr. Adkins holds a PhD in Communications from the University of Arizona, a leading center for research into technology, group dynamics, and the human collaborative process. Since joining the collaboration visionaries at the University of Arizona in the 1980s, he has been trail blazing digital and technology services in the academic, defense, and private sectors. Dr. Adkins is a collaboration evangelist who gives seminars and workshops around the world as well as conducting extensive collaboration work with the US Air Force, US Navy, KPMG, the City of Tucson, the United Nations, NATO, IBM, Raytheon, Accenture, and many other major corporate clients. He has authored and co-authored numerous research papers and book chapters on topics relating to collaboration, collaboration software platforms, and optimized decision-making. His work has been published in numerous journals, including the United States Naval Institute Proceedings, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Management Information Systems, Group Decision and Negotiation, and Management Communication Quarterly.
Before joining ThinkTank, Dr. Adkins was with Accenture for six years, where he focused on digital business and technology services that blend an understanding of human behavior with collaborative technologies. He was also Architect for Gestalt's advanced decision support platform, which was acquired by Accenture in 2008. Prior to that, Dr. Adkins served as a Senior Managing Consultant for IBM and as the Director of Research at the Center for the Management of Information at the University of Arizona. As the Director of Research, he played an instrumental role in the creation, development, and implementation of the original ThinkTank platform (Ventana/GroupSystems).
At ThinkTank, Dr. Adkins will help develop the company's next generation of cloud-based Collaboration-as-a-Service (CaaS) applications, working with key partners, including Deloitte, PwC, and EY, to drive accelerated outcomes with clients. He will also liaise directly with major ThinkTank clients, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and military organizations, to ensure the greatest impact from ThinkTank deployment across their core processes as well as the support and advancement of the global enterprise collaboration research that ThinkTank continues to engage in.
ThinkTank CEO Matt Wenger said, "Dr. Adkins is instrumental in bringing our next generation collaboration platform to market as well as ensuring that we maintain our leadership position in the academic world. There are very few collaboration companies that can bring academic rigor to the impact of their technology on enterprise performance and culture. Mark and I share a common passion for this and I'm excited to be working with him."
Dr. Mark Adkins stated, "ThinkTank's Collaboration-as-a-Service concept is unique and represents a radical improvement in how consulting firms like Deloitte and EY deliver professional services. I have worked with these platforms for over 25 years. ThinkTank brings together all of the important conceptual underpinnings for effective collaboration into a unified offering. I am very excited to be joining ThinkTank at this pivotal time in the company's history."
ThinkTank is a powerful crowdsourcing, crowd computing, and group decision support platform that inspires breakthrough thinking, accelerates alignment, and builds commitment across teams. Clients include IBM, the US Navy, Boeing, Eastman Chemical, Proctor & Gamble, and NASA. A global partner network, including Deloitte, EY, PwC, and Bain & Company, enables ThinkTank customers to leverage world-class expertise in collaboration, group dynamics, and process re-engineering to ensure they unlock the full potential of their people. www.thinktank.net
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