Our central theme is helping organisations prosper, especially when they face daunting challenges. Long ago we started out providing IT related services. We now work primarily at the strategic level. Our clients are mostly large firms (especially multinationals) and UK local government authorities, but we also help companies of modest size to grow and prosper.
Please contact us for a confidential discussion of your goals and needs.
IT Project Sanity Check. We have been known to spot ways to greatly reduce software development needs, recommend easier and more maintainable solutions, and advise about the feasibility of a proposal. We work with your team, not over them—a fresh perspective can be all your team needs to make a project or program exceptional. Our brief engagement can save you many sleepless nights and many thousands (in some cases, millions) of pounds. Our current offer is to do this for a fixed fee instead of day rates, which we did recently for a public sector entity. They made vital course corrections as a result and the fixed fee addressed budget sensitivity.
Process Improvement Workshop. This is ideal when your shop is not well suited for the overhead and complexity of LEAN or Six Sigma but you need a way for your business to tackle process improvement. We facilitate the initial sessions with your staff. While facilitating, we teach your staff how to use our methods on their own for continuous improvement. These methods are not ‘dumbed down’—a household name blue chip company has used them, as well as small companies and non-profits. After the workshop, we are available for follow-up over the next six weeks at no extra charge. The fixed fee depends upon the scale of your operation, and for a limited time we are marking it down by 20%.
Business Strategy and Consulting
Due to confidentiality agreements we are unable to say much about our current topmost projects… yet. These are transformational projects of scale and importance. When we are able to speak freely about these projects, we will. We can only say that close collaboration with partners this endeavour devised a novel solution to issues affecting large infrastructure-related companies as well as local government authorities and is designed to alleviate specific high priority issues. Although we have not been able to find any place in the world where our solution is being done, every element of the solution has been proven somewhere. What’s clever is the way we put it all together.
While that is moving along toward public visibility, we can give you a glimpse of other recent work.
In 2015 a consortium of Online Profiling Limited, The Project Academy, Commercial Catalyst Ltd and Havenshire released a summary report of our research into the value of best in class competency and capability management (CCM).
We expected to find a modest positive correlation between CCM and business performance. Instead we found a stunningly large correlation. We also found that the sweet spots for investing in CCM improvements are not at the levels where businesses are currently focusing their expenditures. For the full news article, click here.
Our findings from subsequent research are intentionally not published. We learned a great deal about business performance and worker productivity in the UK, why productivity here tends to be about 20% lower than on the Continent, and what tends to work best to improve it. If you want to know more, please contact us.
Matching Needs with Solutions
We value the trust of the executives we work with and maintain our relationships with them. We keep our ears open to stay aware of what they need. We keep our eyes open for solutions they may want, and bring those solutions to their attention when we find them.
As we scan the horizon for solutions, we sometimes find a solution that is highly promising but not quite ready for prime time. In that case we work with creators of solutions to commercialise intellectual property or achieve breakthrough growth. We only take on clients for this where we are convinced that the innovation is worthwhile, needed in the world, and close to ready for the light of day.
IT Related Services
When needed, we can provide additional services of a more tactical or technical nature, for which we have a cohort of hand-picked associates. This is a legacy line of business, but we realise we have expertise that is rare, elite, and produces dramatic impact on performance for clients. We keep this arrow in our quiver on behalf of certain clients who cannot get what we deliver anywhere else.
We fit IT to your business needs. New IT is often not necessary. You may be surprised by how much extra yield or cost reduction can come from changes in human procedures and adjustments or modifications to existing IT systems.
In IT we are usually engaged to build or enhance mission critical systems, often with realtime or near-realtime performance demands and crucial interactions with human workflow. We are known for our ability to solve problems that thwart others. Examples of what we can do include:
- Factory yield increased from 85% to 95%, and time-to-ship reduced from 2 days to 2 hours.
- Data acquisition from pharmaceutical tablet production increased by orders of magnitude while eliminating a previously needed extra computer and signal splitters.
- A first of its kind application for the steel industry that enables more production of sophisticated, high quality, high profit margin products.
- A first of its kind application to help a national telecom backbone provider diagnose and resolve network operations issues in a complex SS7 call routing system.