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BUSINESS & IT STRATEGY CONSULTINGIn today’s increasingly virtualized and globalized workplace, organizations need new ways to innovate, allocate resources and reinvent processes leveraging the latest trends. That’s where smart strategies pay off, particularly in times of economic uncertainty.

Working closely with clients, our consultants help your company define new innovative target operating models to drive the business transformations needed to achieve success. Our management consultants’ experience runs deep.

Business and Target Operating Model

BUSINESS & IT STRATEGY CONSULTINGPOWERNET provides advice on creating competitive advantage by transforming business and target operating models. Our consultants speak the language of business and IT to ensure the business model, operating model and people/organization model are aligned. We were responsible throughout the entire project lifecycle. Leading companies use our customized solutions to gain an advantage in the marketplace. We help you save costs immediately, while making businesses work smarter. With the right partner, you can redirect valuable resources more efficiently and strategically. Turn to us and re-focus your internal resources on strategic capabilities to innovate and grow your business. Our consultants focused approach included the following topics:

  • Business & IT Strategies implementation

    + How do we ensure the target operating model optimally supports the business strategy?
    + How does the new target operating model improve the way the organization, the business processes and IT work?
    + What are the near-term and long-term implementation roadmaps, from current to desired future state?

  • Project Charter & Stakeholder Analysis

    The Project Charter sets out the objectives, scope, approach, timeline, team responsibilities and deliverables so that these are clearly articulated to stakeholders and signed off by the project sponsor. A stakeholder analysis and subsequent meeting are critical to obtain buy-in to the objectives of the project deliverables and a successful implementation.

  • Vision Statement, Operating Model Principles and Business Activity Model

    The vision statement documents the intended direction and strategy of the leadership so that this can be communicated across the organization. The vision is supported by the Operating Model principles which provide strategic guidance on management’s preferred direction so that the team can focus options and recommendations. The business model provides indications of volumes and how these will change over time. This has implications for scale that will impact on sourcing decisions including vendor type, appetite to take on business and resulting costs.

  • ‘As-is’ Operating Model diagrams

    Defining the ‘as-is’ functions, systems and people provides a baseline for the design of the future operating model. It highlights current problems and is the basis for the analysis of the impact of volume changes, which functions and systems could be sourced, what requirements would be and how the model will change over time.

  • Target Operating Models

    The organization's operating model will change over time as a result of volume adjustments to the business, a need to move away from existing systems and the anticipate loss of key personnel The deliverables will show how the operating model transition should change in a controlled way and changes that will be made to the functions and systems as a result The models will show which functions should be sourced and the potential cost implications for decision making.

Digital Strategy and Innovation

BUSINESS & IT STRATEGY CONSULTINGToday’s digital age business requires new tools and models for thinking about strategy and innovation. Traditional business models and forms of governance no longer work as effectively. The digital revolution has changed the way your business leaders run their companies, go to market, compete, and interact with customers and suppliers. Hiring a POWERNET consultants and allowing our leading digital thinkers helpand you will come away with new insights into competing and fresh ideas for value creation. You will also be oriented to the concepts of design thinking and collaboration. The key to your small business success will be to master the best uses of the technology, apply them to your business, and truly understand WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS! We will focus on showing you:

  • How to think about the consequences of your digital business model
  • Understand the ways in which your business and industry are becoming more digital
  • Learn an approach for making sense of innovative technologies
  • Understand the role of digital technologies in the shift of the dominant logic
  • Identify value that you can extract from digital data streams
  • Understand the industry disrupting power of the “digital domain”
  • Understand the implications to your business coming from the “digital domain”
  • Understand the ways in which your business and industry can apply digital technology to generate wealth
  • Do we have a digital strategy that is adaptive, generates value and considers new business models?
  • Where do we stand in being “Digital” compared to our competitors?
  • How can Digital Strategy be incorporated into our product development process?
  • How can we increase digital commerce to help maximize revenues?
  • How does our financial position change with a new digital operating model?

Business and IT Strategy Alignment

BUSINESS & IT STRATEGY CONSULTINGPOWERNET focused on understanding the short and long-term needs and determining the best use of technology that allows IT to deliver an efficient and automated solution to the business. This allows you to focus on the business and have technology seamlessly solve needs versus impeding progress. Our services are delivered using a consistent, structured delivery methodology and approach which allows us to come in on-time, on-budget, lower risk, and ensure your success. Our services provide advice on creating competitive advantage by leveraging IT to transform business operations. Our consultants speak the language of business and IT to provide

  • We align your enterprise architecture with your IT management strategy, thereby facilitating business optimization. We offer Development of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Segment Architecture and Solutions Architecture.
  • Holistic analyses of an IT organization, including business‑IT alignment, technology, operations, governance and processes.
  • We align your existing technology against the visibility of emerging technologies, and assess the maturity level of the different technology solutions available position you to make the best IT investment decisions aligned to your business strategy.
  • End-state definition, including target portfolio, infrastructure, governance, Program Management Office, architecture, strategic sourcing and staffing models
  • Cost-benefit analysis to evaluate value proposition
  • Near-term and long-term implementation roadmaps, from current to desired future state

Application Portfolio Rationalization Consulting

Application rationalization is a continuous journey towards technology optimization and increased business efficiencies.

BUSINESS & IT STRATEGY CONSULTING POWERNET Application Portfolio RationalizationOur systematic approach to portfolio rationalization helps determine the best option for each IT application or asset analyzed based upon its value. Options range from retention, to application phase-out, to remediation/rewrite or outsourcing.

The ability to quickly react to market demands and rapidly launch new products and services to meet emerging customer needs is critical to maintain competitive advantage. Redundant, isolated applications create an environment where even the smallest changes require long lead times. This makes it difficult for enterprises to quickly release new products and services to market since even small changes to business systems with many redundant applications requires long time periods and involve significant resource costs. POWERNET services include:

  • We align your enterprise architecture with your IT management strategy, thereby facilitating business optimization. We offer Development of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Segment Architecture and Solutions Architecture.
  • Align business and IT so that IT works on what’s most valuable
  • Establish a quantitative baseline of the efficiency and effectiveness of the current application landscape for better decisions
  • Effect changes in the application portfolio (including retirements and consolidation) for immediate payback
  • Provide valuable input to senior management to improve IT organizational effectiveness
  • Decreased customer churn, improved market share and enhanced ability to enter new markets
  • Improved business agility and responsiveness
  • Reduced IT support costs
  • Improved smaller overall application footprint-with less energy, space and equipment

An effective alternative to take on the challenge of isolated applications is application rationalization, also referred to as consolidation or platforming. Application rationalization is the next emerging frontier of IT savings that reduces costs and improves IT agility in meeting customer requirements. POWERNET follows a well-defined, disciplined process to create a detailed framework that allows clients to work through the application rationalization process:

  1. Assess existing IT assets to identify current applications with value
  2. Create a core platform of common services to eliminate redundant modules
  3. Encapsulate business logic for reuse
  4. Simplify and create an abstraction layer
  5. Identify recurring design patterns, business process patterns, and user behavior
  6. Leverage the core platform by building horizontal modules
  7. Layer-in vertical applications and re-use across business units

Our portfolio assessment approach to IT applications can help CIOs with rationalization and quality strategy and decisions. We extend our expertise to provide a continuum of platforming services that match the platforming maturity level of our clients, harvesting existing IT assets and consolidating them into reusable components for accelerated business outcomes.

Our approach involves 3 key steps:

POWERNET Application Portfolio Rationalization

Maintaining this diverse application portfolio also eats into their IT budgets. Organizations should treat its ‘IT portfolio’ as any business should treat its important assets, investments and capital and also understand how to take actions to optimize performance and quickly meet changing business needs.

IT Cost Optimization

BUSINESS & IT STRATEGY CONSULTING Cost transparency enables you to make informed decisions on where costs can be reduced without compromising on business transformation. Using multiple tools and accelerators, we can help you meet cost-cutting objectives while preserving ongoing business performance.

As CIOs shift their focus from cost reduction to preparing for growth, an effective solution is POWERNET IT Cost Optimization (PITCO) program is essential for ensuring strategic initiatives can be supported while funding remains constrained. Today, CIOs are responding to efficiency requirements driven from both normal business pressures (e.g., earnings pressure) and major events (M&A) while maintaining an eye on future growth. POWERNET America Management Consulting has the fact-based data, tools and experience to help clients quickly identify opportunity areas for action in the short-term, while working with clients to determine the strategic IT moves needed to become agile and scalable to enable the business during recovery.

IT cost optimization is the practice of reducing spending, reducing costs, managing service levels and showing the business value of IT. IT cost optimization is a top priority for organizations and CIOs and can be a result of investments or just by rationalization of use. It can be initiated for short or long term results and can be done during economic downturn or growth or other transformational changes in an organization. IT cost optimization, undertaken at strategic as well as tactical levels and across all process domains, supports organizations to produce results, improve their performance and design return-to-growth strategies. Activities include assessment of organization’s potential benefits, customer impact, time, risks and investment needs.

We will set up and optimize Information & Communications Technology(ICT) service management using best practice:

  • Optimization and setting up of ICT management in compliance with business goals
  • Assessment, setting up and optimization of ICT service management processes
  • Optimization of ICT service management costs and planned ICT investments

Key benefits of optimal ICT management approach:

  • Flexible reaction to business requirements and expectations and quality assurance
  • Effective use of ICT resources and funds

We understand the key issues you are facing:

  • Gaining efficiencies without damaging the business in the process.
  • Maintaining focus on key priorities to meet specific business needs.
  • "Rightsizing" the organization to align with business requirements.
  • Enabling funding availability for strategic initiatives.
  • Managing the IT portfolio proactively to maximize the IT value.
  • Improving capacity for high performance.
  • Positioning the business for sustainable growth.
  • Need to support and enable innovation efforts across the company.

We have the data, tools and capabilities to help:

  • Dedicated research and advisory services supporting a community of over 3,600 CIOs and IT Executives.
  • Assessment models, benchmarks, and proven methods to develop and maintain best practices.
  • Global reach and experience to support complex issues and environments.
  • Pragmatic, fact-based, data-driven approaches that drive measurable outcomes including: IT Strategy, Governance, Organization Design and IT Management Processes.

IT Organization & Operating Model

BUSINESS & IT STRATEGY CONSULTINGIT departments must be organized to meet current business objectives while at the same time stay flexible in order to adapt to change as the business requires. We work with you to define operating models aligned to business objectives and industry best practices through:

It will include a one hour consultation each week where we'll discuss various management challenges you are facing and give you advice on the most effective way to deal with each one. Would you like the opportunity to get support and guidance from a team of experts? With facilitation from POWERNET, get focused attention from a select group of business advisors to address a current challenge.

  • A cost-benefit analysis defining core organizational functions, roles and staffing levels and identifying areas for cost optimization, including global sourcing and creation of shared services
  • An implementation roadmap, including a change management plan to reach the desired state
  • A strategy for risk mitigation

Your annual investment in a BUSINESS & IT STRATEGY CONSULTING solution:

$6,800 IT STRATEGY CONSULTING is intelligently priced at $6,800. Includes 6 months of personal sessions...


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