About Us > SBA 8(a) certified small business, providing niche cybersecurity, cloud and management consulting services

Who We Are

At Zen Strategics, our mission is to help government agencies evolve in their business acumen thereby translating to efficient performance. We are a minority owned SBA 8(a) certified, management consulting firm that offers a unique, innovative and analytical approach to the crucial & current challenges faced by federal and commercial enterprises in the realm of cyber security, cloud & big data analytics. Our approach is based on intuitive solutions gathered from multiple years of engagement with various federal agencies and fortune 500 companies and adapts to each client's unique mission and requirements to ensure sustainable and ingenious solutions.

We treat cyber security as a solution stack being built and managed for best ROI and thereby taking a holistic approach to protecting your network. By integrating state-of-the-art solutions into existing security infrastructures, we are able to quantify, visually represent, and reduce cyber risk.

Our Story

As our name suggests, our consulting experience is built on enlightenment attained in the art of strategy, by being intimately involved in the growth of government companies in the realm of cyber security. In working with federal executive branch agencies, Zen Strategics has created IT strategies using today's emerging technology that are now standard operating requirements. The Zen Concept of Leadership embraces a blend of strategic planning and implementation. In Zen Practice, leadership is a blend of courage, clarity & humanity. Zen Strategics embraces 3 core values:

  • The leadership of business growth is a combination of innovation, understanding & motivation (Courage)
  • The idea that a plan has a clear and understandable goals (Clarity)
  • The goals respect the potentials of a productive business ecology (Humanity)

Leadership Team

Venu Ayala Venu Ayala, Founder & President

Venu Ayala is an experienced management executive, recognized for his contributions while bringing over 20 years of experience in the cyber, cloud, telecom, aerospace and federal strategic consulting. He enjoys advising clients on issues ranging from IT systems cyber compliance & automation, business process optimization, change management, internal controls and various risk assessments and cybersecurity design projects. Mr. Ayala has architected and managed the information systems/product design and development for several commercial, federal and state agencies, and serves as a trusted advisor to senior executives in the federal government and commercial enterprises. Key responsibilities include creating and enhancing product/service lines and developing cyber/cloud strategies that build brand equity, reduce risk, and promote a strong compliant corporate image. Overall, an enthusiastic, innovative, and decisive leader, he manages strategic and tactical operations by building innovative and transformational analytic solutions that address emerging management, technology and operational issues. Venu’s academic pedigree includes an MBA from Cornell University (2006), a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University (1998) and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering(1996) from India.

Steve Boddy Steve Boddy, Principal

An ambitious thought leader with a tech-savvy approach towards collaborative innovation. Lead best of the breed technologists at tip of the spear on high value mission-critical programs. Design products and processes that safeguard mission-essential information. Results-driven Program Manager actualizing strategies to identify cadence and synchronization requirements to create complex software products. Combine strong team leadership, consensus building and talent development to create agile teams that transform business objectives into effective solutions using Scrum, Kanban, Lean and the Scaled Agile Framework. More than three decades of Cyber Risk Manager experience in increasingly challenging information technology, management, and administrative positions. Exceptionally talented at leading cooperative efforts for creating solutions to overcome IT issues with cross-integration of system implementation, information security, and technical management in agile DevOps environments.

Advisory Board

Gray Monetti Gary Monetti

Gary is an experienced, self-motivated executive who has worked in the information and communications technology sectors for the past 35 years. He has held senior and executive management and systems engineering level positions leading large and small teams working for IT and Telecom equipment providers and systems integrators. He is a motivating and inspirational business leader who maximizes team performance.

He has conducted business globally in over 24 countries on 5 continents developing a deep respect and understanding for other cultures and their business practices. He has developed successful indirect channel strategies across U.S. Federal, Enterprise and Service Provider markets worldwide. He was part of a team responsible for the first transfer of technology between the US Government and the Peoples Republic of China.

Gary enjoys evangelizing new disruptive technologies which stems from his background working at Bell Laboratories for 10 years. His clients have consisted of commercial Service Providers, Enterprise, Systems Integrators and US Federal Government agencies.

Our Focus Areas

  • Cyber Security - Strategy & Operations
  • Cloud – Fed RAMP & IV&V
  • Mobility & Big Data
  • Program Management
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Market & Competitive Analysis
  • Systems Engineering
  • Business Operations
  • Wireless & Telecom
    (Public Safety/Interoperability)
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Mergers & Acquisitions(Advisory, Due Diligence & Support)