What is maven and how can we benefit from it?
At first glance Maven can appear to be many things, but in a nutshell Maven is an attemptĀ to apply patterns to a project's build infrastructure in order to promote comprehension and productivity by providing a clear path in the use of best practices.

Yeah.. But what does that mean?

Maven is essentially a project management and comprehension tool.

It can provide benefits for your build process by employing standard conventions and practices to accelerate your development cycle while at the same time helping you achieve a higher rate of success.