Business Consulting can save you time, AND make things happen.
Do you wish there were eight days a week...or thirty hours a day. Are you working most of them and wish you weren't? Is your business operation missing a specific skill-set and you don't need to hire a full-time professional? Are you looking for someone you can trust to make sure that a project actually happens?
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things"
Business Planning — "Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail"
A plan is like a road map. You don’t have to follow it, but it tells you where you want to go and gives you a route to get there.
There are various categories of plans including, strategic planning, business planning, budgets, forecasts and business cases.
If you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?" Oscar Hammerstein
Marketing for Results
Many people think that marketing is advertising. Definitely not. Advertising is one of the components of marketing, and is certainly not the only piece.
"The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself."
Your Business Plan is probably the most important document you will ever prepare. It tells the story of your business. It highlights the sales and profits the business will make, and clearly shows the strategies you will use to get there.
"You need a plan to build a house. What do you think you need to build a business?"
The Business side of Technology
With seven years experience as the business manager for two enterprise class (200 - 500 IT staff) technology operations, I understand the business side of an IT shop.
"Our business is about technology, yes. But it's also about operations and customer relationships."
A project should have defined objectives, budget and timeframe. I think a project should also have a business case that helps to define and clarify the objectives. We've all heard the old joke about surgeons....the operation was a success, but the patient died. Don't let your project only be a success on paper...make sure there are real results..
"Perfect is the enemy of good."
Requests for Proposal (RFPs)
The world is changing. Buyers are getting more professional. Most purchases over $25,000 will be done by RFP. Government agencies are required to use RFPs for most purchases. Many companies are also using RFPs to keep their suppliers on their toes.
If you're either a buyer or supplier, you should be looking at RFPs
Is your profit keeping pace with your sales growth, or is it stalling out? Are you spending your time growing the business or fighting fires?
Computer systems tend to be complex and usually have lots of hidden costs. We can help you determine what your business really needs as distinct from what the salesperson wants to supply.
"Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?"