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Kantata Boosts Digital Clientele Base

Nearly two years after being formed from the merger of Irvine’s Mavenlink and the U.K.’s Kimble Applications, software maker Kantata is on a hiring push after adding hundreds of new clients and recently introducing a new workflow product.

The firm has added north of 500 new clients since the company’s launch at the end of 2021, bringing its total customer count to over 2,500. Clients include San Francisco-based software firm Salesforce Inc., Deloitte Central Europe, Finastra and Japanese conglomerate Hitachi Ltd.

Customers added this year will bolster Kanata’s digital reach with a focus on artificial intelligence and cloud-based solutions, such as Digital.ai, CoStrategix and Artium.

“There’s a lot of progress we’re making in our product areas,” Chief Client Officer Chris Scalia said.

Scalia is one of two top executives based in Kantata’s Irvine office. The firm, which now employs more than 500 people, also counts offices in Boston, London and Salt Lake City, with CEO Michael Speranza based in New York.

Kantata had nine job openings posted on its website as of July 28.

Though Kantata did not disclose revenue figures, Scalia told the Business Journal the company is profitable.

Cloud Platform

Kantata’s cloud-based project management software helps professional services organizations and other companies bring together project, financial and workforce data to make operations run more smoothly.

The software lets them improve performance by planning resources, tracking time and expenses, managing finances, and communicating with one another.

The company recently launched Kantata Connect, “a workflow capability that allows customers to really tailor their business process a little bit more to their particular needs,” according to Scalia.

Its main product is the Kantata Cloud for Professional Services, a collection of resource management, financial management, project management, team collaboration, business intelligence, integration, and workflow automation functionality.

Kantata has also partnered closely with Sage Intacct of San Jose to create a specialized professional services automation and financial management platform.

“We’re getting a lot of great feedback from our customers,” Scalia said.

Together in Irvine

Kantata’s Irvine office “is really a bit of a hub for marketing and sales and some of our customer success functions,” according to Scalia, who lives in San Juan Capistrano.
Chief People Officer Gina Hartigan is also based in Irvine.

Kantata has added two executives over the past year, including Chief Revenue Officer JD Miller, who is based in Chicago, and Ken Ringdahl, the Boston-based chief technology officer.

About 25% of the company’s headcount is based out of its office at 6501 Irvine Center Drive.

“We have a little bit of a work from anywhere philosophy,” Scalia said. He added that the company has a “Together Thursday” program to boost collaboration among those who come in to the office.

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Sonia Chung
Sonia Chung
Sonia Chung joined the Orange County Business Journal in 2021 as their Marketing Creative Director. In her role she creates all visual content as it relates to the marketing needs for the sales and events teams. Her responsibilities include the creation of marketing materials for six annual corporate events, weekly print advertisements, sales flyers in correspondence to the editorial calendar, social media graphics, PowerPoint presentation decks, e-blasts, and maintains the online presence for Orange County Business Journal’s corporate events.
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