Once a business owner defined the needs to take a business to the next level, a decision maker will define a scope, cost and a time-frame of the project. The role of the IT consultancy company is to support and nurture the company from the very beginning of the project till the end, and deliver the project not only in the scope, time and cost but also with complete customer satisfaction.
Project scoping and planning
The usual problem is that a business owner doesn’t know the detail of what the project is going to deliver until it starts the process. In many cases, the incremental effort in some projects can lead to significant financial loss.
Business process and system design
The scope of a project is linked intimately to the proposed business processes and systems that the project is going to deliver. Regardless of whether the project is to launch a new product range or discontinue unprofitable parts of the business, the change will have some impact on business processes and systems. The documentation of your business processes and system requirements are as fundamental to project scoping as an architect’s plans would be to the costing and scoping of the construction of a building.
Project management support
The most successful business projects are always those that are driven by an employee who has the authority, vision and influence to drive the required changes in a business. It is highly unlikely that a business owner (decision maker or similar) will realize the changes unless one has one of these people in the employment. However, the project leadership role typically requires significant experience and skills which are not usually found within a company focused on day-to-day operations. Due to this requirement within more significant business change projects/programs, outside expertise is often sought from firms which can bring this specific skill set to the company.
An IT consultants we have the following skills:
- Advisory skills
- Technical skills
- Business skills
- Communication skills
- Management skills
- Advisory language skills
- Business and management language skills
- Technical language skills
Strategy and Scoping: Using our specialist team of procurement consultants, we quickly identify the ‘As-Is’ Situation for the in-scope spend categories such that we understand the What, Where, Who and How of each category. We consider the ‘Hard’ facts of price, spend and contractual data; but equally as important we consider the ‘Soft’ aspects of emotional attachment to suppliers and the appetite for change in the client organisation, garnered through interviews with key stakeholders. We then develop a vision of the ‘To-Be’ Model for each category that will unlock significant value for the client and set out a roadmap of how this is to be achieved in a clear ‘Approach Strategy’ by category. The Approach Strategy outlines supply chain solutions that meet or exceed the clients’ business requirements whilst delivering substantial Cost Base Reduction (‘CBR’), summarised in a CBR Plan.
Delivery and Benefits Tracking: The key component of the procurement services we offer is the delivery of CBR opportunities identified in the Scoping Phase. With over 10 years’ experience of running CBR Delivery Projects, Procure4 has a deep understanding of the ‘Inevitable Challenges’ which enables us to put in place the right governance, financial rigour, stakeholder engagement and robust implementation planning that will maximise the chances of project success.
Sustainability and Continuous Improvement: As the new supply chain solutions are being implemented, Procure works with its clients to ensure that the benefits that have been identified are being tracked and captured against company P&L’s. Moreover, we ensure that reporting processes are in place such that any non-compliance to contractual commitments (for example, obligations in respect of productivity or continuous improvement) are flagged rapidly to the client.