Candid acquired by McKinsey & Company, together to solve complex cloud problems

It is with the unwavering aspiration of being at the forefront of cloud innovation that Candid is excited to announce it is joining McKinsey & Company. This acquisition comes at a very important time as COVID-19 has sparked technological growth for organizations worldwide. Candid’s unparalleled success in driving cloud innovation adds to McKinsey’s expertise and capabilities.


Cloud has redefined how business is done. As the world has shifted to remote work, business has needed to dramatically and rapidly change to keep up with the new demands colleagues and customers place upon it. Every step along the way, Candid has risen to meet the evolution of this change and drive innovation in defining how organizations will lead themselves out of uncertainty and into further success.


Candid is a company founded on one principle – to be the best cloud delivery firm in the country. We attack and solve the most complex, technically challenging, highly visible cloud programs for the world’s largest organizations. We exclusively attract and develop the industry’s most talented cloud practitioners and our culture challenges them to do their best, most innovative work, driving real and tangible results.


With the acquisition having closed on December 31, 2020, Candid and McKinsey have begun integration efforts with the purpose of minimizing disruption to clients and colleagues.


“Candid is driven by the desire to solve the most challenging problems and deliver long-term impact. McKinsey’s scale will open new doors to allow Candid’s leading cloud experts to further develop their skills and drive cloud innovation daily,” said John Peak, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Candid. “Together, we have the opportunity to help the largest and most complex organizations in the world deliver cloud transformations, gain competitive advantage, and thrive in an ever-changing world.”


“Candid’s culture is one that praises delivery excellence, technical depth, and creative problem-solving. As an organization we have always prided ourselves on getting things done. McKinsey shares that goal, and we believe we have found a strong complement for our mutual future together,” said Merrick Olives, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Candid.


Candid’s talent is what have always defined Candid. We look forward to not only retaining all of the existing Candid team but continuing to grow significantly over the foreseeable future.


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Candid Ranks on the Inc. 5000 for Fifth Consecutive Year

Achievement Validates Firm as one of the Country's Fastest-Growing Cloud Consulting Firms

Candid ranked on the Inc. Magazine’s 38th Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This year’s ranking marks the fifth year in a row the cloud consulting firm secured placement on the list since its debut in 2015 with a 3 year growth rate of 79 percent. Candid is one of 2019 Georgia companies recognized on this year’s list, and one of only 15 to consecutively rank for the past 5 years or more

“We’re honored to be recognized as part of an exclusive group of fast-growth private companies demonstrating aggressive yet consistent year-over-year growth,” says Merrick Olives, founding partner of Candid. “There are very few companies with a showing like ours in the IT Management industry on the list.  Our placement validates both our consistent delivery and discipline for clients. As a leader in the cloud community, we’ve got our finger on what’s to come as more enterprises migrate critical applications to the cloud.”

Candid differentiates itself by providing regulatory compliant solutions that no other firm is currently offering. With a growing adoption of cloud technology by healthcare and financial service organizations, Candid is well positioned to lead these industries to harness the business advantages of the cloud.

“Our capabilities are a natural fit for these markets. It’s simply a matter of time before adoption becomes widespread, and our hopes are to scale our offerings on a national level as soon as possible,” adds John Peak, managing partner for Candid. “Up to this point, Candid focused primarily on the Southeast Region. Given our growth and broad exposure as an innovator in the cloud space, we are fully committed to scaling the company nationally to support our increasingly geographically dispersed client base.”

“Congratulations to Candid on being included on the Inc. 5000 list for five consecutive years,” notes Sonny Deriso, Chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. “We are honored to play a role in Candid continued growth and join them in celebration over this milestone achievement. We look forward to many more years of applauding their continued success.”

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