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Transforming your business into an Intelligent Enterprise is not a task to take lightly. This effort requires help from business operations savvy individuals with decades of experience overcoming systems problems and guiding C-level executives towards their new competitive advantage.

Surrounding yourself with those who understand the impact of each decision across the enterprise, who make recommendations based on their assessment of the business and financial impacts, and can direct you on your unique transformation path is a wise choice.

Working with a talented team of intuitive, systematic, process-based, problem-solution approach is key.  Transformation-savvy teams bring an experienced intuition from years of discovering and solving problems inherent in working with software systems, department, people, and processes, which you’ll need in your own journey.

You need an expert who can envision the best-fit solutions for each client’s industry, company, culture and existing technology. You’ll need a change agent who architects technology integration futures that guide company leaders into tangibly realizing their Intelligent Enterprise.

 

Why transform to an Intelligent Enterprise?

Two Main Reasons: Competitive Advantage and Profitability

Companies are fallen further behind their competitors. The CEO or plant manager may be thinking, “My numbers are off.” Costs are higher than they should be. Decision-making is impaired by disconnected or siloed data making it difficult to get real-time, accurate data.

With multiple systems not fully integrated together, data silos, and disconnected departments and processes, it’s impossible to reach the competitive edge.

What if you have an experienced guide?

Someone with years of experience transforming businesses into the Intelligent Enterprise. Someone who knows how to avoid the pitfalls of such an endeavor. Someone who excels at streamlining processes and integrating systems to work efficiently and bring incremental return on investment at every step of the transformation process. Someone who could mitigate risks in upgrading to the Intelligent Enterprise. Someone who helps you see the tangible value gained in operational competitive advantage in your industry.

That’s what we do.

We are the agents that drive the Intelligent Enterprise which provides incremental return on investment (ROI) and additional profitability. It also provides the framework that allows companies not only to stay competitive and relevant in their industry, but to become the leading player in their industry.

What would your company and industry look like if you were an Intelligent Enterprise?

If you’re not sure, maybe it’s time to find out.  You might consider leveraging our decades-long experience and continuous improvement processes to significantly reduces your overall risks of transformation. You’ll need to review case histories and outcomes without exaggeration. You’ll need assessments that are comprehensive and straightforward regarding risks, costs, and timelines. You need a technological leader who guides their clients from understanding the concept to realizing the benefits of the Intelligent Enterprise.

What is an Intelligent Enterprise?

Simply put the Intelligent Enterprise is what happens when systems, departments, people, and processes are working in synchrony. It about ideal fit.  You’ll know it’s a fit when things are running well.

When you have up-level integrated strategic information across the enterprise, you’ve found that fit. And that fit, is what fuels the achievement of your company’s strategic objectives and vision.

And it’s not a one-size fits all approach. It’s specifically envisioned for each client’s company and their unique path of transformation towards the Intelligent Enterprise. We understand how to evaluate risks and perceive the difficulty of adopting intelligent, real-time information systems and business processes. Identifying the perceived Total Cost of Ownership of transformation to the next-level systems helps reframe the tangible values gained by an operational competitive advantage in their industry.

What is Transformation in this context?

Transformation can be defined as incremental improvements in Key Readiness Indicators (KRIs). The goal is to produce higher levels of readiness through continuous process improvement.

This iterative process is not just for systems. Up-leveling systems is the starting point, but further up-leveling is needed in departments, among your people, and within every process.  As each area is up-leveled, there’s an incremental value the business benefits from, which in most cases can help fund the work of up-leveling the next area.

Let’s take a look at the example of an outdated legacy system. It’s surprising how many divisions of large organizations are still operating a legacy business application. In many cases, the application is about to go out of support or has already gone out of support by the software vendor. Therefore, the near-term objective is to ensure that the application is supported while a system upgrade or migration can be planned.

Key questions include:

  • Can we engage a 3rd party to provide short-term technical and functional support?
  • Is there an upgrade path available?
  • If not, what migration options are available to migrate to a modern business application?
  • Do we need to migrate to a corporate standard?
  • If not, what solutions would fit the organization’s business process best?

There are multiple steps to address this issue. The first is to assess the impact on the organization of both maintaining the existing legacy application and migrating to a new one. While the cost of maintaining a legacy application may be modest, the risk and related financial impact of a system failure could be significant. The next step is to decide on a migration approach. While migrating to the corporate standard is common, implementing a best-fit solution for the division may provide the highest return on investment. This is especially valuable if enhancements add additional functionality and foster tight integration with corporate and other divisions. Once the migration has been completed, it’s important to measure post-migration costs and benefits, calculate the actual return on investment, and identify the next up-leveling opportunity.

As your expert guide, our goal is to up-level systems, departments, people, and processes and show you how to validate ROI at every step in the iterative process transforming your company into the Intelligent Enterprise.

Our process for leading companies to the Intelligent Enterprise with a skillfully iterative process is called “Multiple Next-Levels Systems Evolution.

How do we prepare to transform to an Intelligent Enterprise?

The first place to prepare for the transformation to an Intelligent Enterprise is with your strategy. By identifying a clear future state, you allow every line of business to grasp the vision of where the organization needs to go to stay competitive. However, creating a future-oriented strategy can be difficult if the blinders of “this is how we’ve always done it” mentality is not first removed.

The next step is to request a Vital Readiness Assessment. It’s a comprehensive assessment on your organization’s readiness which will guide or lead you in the discovery process. Here are a few questions from the Vital Readiness Assessment to give you an idea what’s included in this assessment:

  1. Is your Information Technology (I.T.) outsourced or managed internally? If outsourced, what percentage is outsourced?
  2. How many siloes of data are there in your organization? Which data siloes are the most important for critical business decisions?
  3. How many different business applications are in the operation today? Which business applications contribute to the highest benefit to your organization in terms of decision making?
  4. To what extent have you implemented, in your organization:
    1. Automation?
    2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) or machine learning?
  5. Regarding your company’s business processes:
    1. Have they been documented? To what degree?
    2. Do they support the company’s strategic objectives and vision?
    3. If not, when was the last time they were reviewed or revised?

Completing a Vital Readiness Assessment will provide the importance of the insights, highlight systems intuition, identify problem resolution and integration of systems, departments, people and processes required in the journey.  To request a full Vital Readiness Assessment, contact us.

The next step in the journey will be to perform a deep-dive discovery process. There may be multiple items included in a discovery process, such as:

  • A questionnaire
  • Interviews with subject matter experts (SMEs)
  • Observations of how people are working
  • Business process analysis (starting from the end and working backwards)
  • Preparing a findings document with recommendations
  • Determining the ROI of the recommendations
  • High-level project plan

Enlisting the help of a deeply experienced outsider observer, you’ll discover areas and levels of improvement you never thought possible. Utilizing an observer from outside your industry might provide a unique perspective which is exactly what your organization needs to move to the next level of competitiveness.

The future of Enterprise Systems Evolution is Now in the Present!  We are the experts who have the future vision of where you need to go and the experience to guide you there while avoiding costly mistakes along the way. As we walk you through the transformative Multiple Next-Levels Systems Evolution to bring your organization to an Intelligent Enterprise, you’ll become prepared for the next step in transformation.

Ready to get started? Contact us or call (310) 539-4645 to schedule your Vital Readiness Assessment or for more information about how SSG can help your organization.