We offer various consulting services based around a high-value, low-cost engagement model. If you are a small or medium sized organisation you often cannot afford to employ full time specialist reqources such as a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) or Chief Information Officer (CIO).
The role of virtual CIO is becomming much more common place over the past few years.
Large companies can afford to employ specialist roles such as Multi-national Taxation specialists, Security Analysts, Treasury Portfolio Managers and Chief Information Officers.
Many smaller companies, Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) often do not have that ability, either to employ or retain that skill set. So often there is a disjoint between Information Technology (IT) and business requirements. Much of the time this is filled with technical people doing their best to band-aid a companies IT systems whilst getting shouted at by frustrated users who cannot understand why their obvious needs are not being addressed – yesterday!
Information Services Strategic Planning (ISSP)
This is a planning process that bridges the aspirations of the company business plan with the more mundane reality of what can be delivered with limited resources by a bunch of technical people.
There is often much frustration and angst between business users and IT departments. Much of the time this is due to lack of planning and engagement between the two. The IT department lacks the skills to do business planning and the business people lack the technical understanding to ask the right questions.
Over the past few years we have developed a streamlined process to link the business plan with an ISSP that engages key stakeholders and sets out a 1 to 3 year map of programmes and themes to address the issues.
Programme Management and Governance
A programme is a set of projects linked by a common goal or objective. Project management is relatively well understood (although not perfect it is more a science than an art). The programme itself needs good governance in order to meet the needs of the business.
Good project management will save you contingency (commonly 30%) if well managed. However, doing the wrong project or doing a project out of sequence can cost much more than any savings made within each project. How may projects have been quietly canned when people realise they are not quite what was required or the scope was not well understood?
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