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Consulting

Arguably the most important element to purchasing a new solution is to ensure that the software is implemented with the right level of expertise

At ICit we pride ourselves on delivering the best possible performance management solutions to meet client expectations. All of our consultants are specialists in their field with a wealth of business and technical experience. We adopt a business-driven approach, which means we are able to focus on delivering maximum benefit from your investment.

ICit’s Consulting Practice is organised around two disciplines: Advisory Services and Implementation Services.

Advisory Services

Advisory Services are short-term, high-value engagements that provide strategic and tactical advice whether you are implementing Corporate Performance Management (CPM) solutions for the very first time or are looking to take advantage of new functionality and capabilities. Advisory Services include;

  • Formal Planning Sessions: from high level scoping to detailed design and planning
  • Assessments and Health Checks: review of requirements and performance testing existing solutions
  • Project Audits: review of project governance and effectiveness to deliver the project

Implementation Services

ICit can supplement your staff or provide thought leadership and guidance on all aspects and phases of a Corporate Performance Management (CPM) implementation. Whether you are implementing a CPM solution for the very first time, or are a long-time user that’s rolling out new functionality and capabilities, ICit’s flexible and adaptive implementation assistance model adheres to a robust and tested deployment methodology.

Project Management

This stream, which is aligned with PMI and PRINCE2, consists of four processes; Initiate, Plan, Execute and Close, each of which assists with managing and monitoring progress of the project.

Agile Implementation Methodology

The secret to a successful implementation of business performance management software is through the adoption of an agile and flexible project methodology.

At ICit we recommend that projects are delivered using a Rapid Application Development (RAD) approach. This approach to system development places less emphasis on initial planning, and more on the development of the solution.

Although a RAD approach can potentially lead to a lack of project structure and the potential for scope creep, ICit uses Scrum, an agile software development methodology, for managing application design and build. In simple terms, Scrum emphasizes collaboration, functioning software, team self management, and the flexibility to adapt to emerging business requirements.

Scrum emphasizes decision making from real-world results rather than speculation. Time is divided into short work pockets, known as sprints, typically one week or two weeks long. The solution is kept in a potentially shippable (properly integrated and tested) state at all times. At the end of each sprint, stakeholders and team members meet to review the solution and plan next steps.

As part of the implementation process ICit’s preferred working practise for initial projects is for a “collaborative” build. This ensures that the client’s skill set is built up during the implementation of the project, with appropriate knowledge transfer. Whilst it is possible for ICit to provide either a “turnkey” or “guidance” based approach, the most successful projects in terms of client ownership and satisfaction result from collaboration.

With over 400 successful implementations ICit has a wealth of tried and tested skills to ensure your project is delivered on time and to budget.

 

Skills and Certifications

We specialise in corporate performance management solutions and have the highest accreditations and skills including;

 

IBM; IBM Planning Analytics (TM1) Solution Architects with Master Accreditations, Project Management (BASIM) Business Analytics Solution Implementation Methodology Certification

Anaplan; Anaplan Certified Consultants, Anaplan Project Management (ALM) Application Lifecycle Management Certification

Oracle; Oracle Hyperion Essbase Certified Consultants, Oracle Planning Certified Consultants

Certent; Certent Disclosure Management Consultants

In addition to our technical skills, many of our consultants are also qualified accountants (ACMA, ACA) – having specialist finance systems knowledge and commercial backgrounds to underpin your project implementation.

 

To discuss how our consultants can help you implement a successful project fill out the contact form or call us today.

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