While many companies have a sizable investment in IT, few have reaped the full potential
of their investments, and e-business can greatly assist in meeting this goal. Many
companies are still underutilizing their IT capabilities, and have many applications
with redundant and/or duplicate processes, as well as hardware utilization averaging
20% or less. This results in IT solutions not being able to deliver on their intended
results and benefits. We address all these factors and more in our E-Business Rapid
Review Assessment service.
This affordable, fixed-price offering provides clients who are transitioning
to an e-business strategy the valuable guidelines and critical success factors
for achieving the benefits they are seeking and staying within budget. Too
many times we find companies have greatly increased their IT complexity
over the years, and now need to move to a more streamlined state to handle
the daily demands of e-business. For example, many companies have to increase
the capacity of their web servers on a weekly basis, not to mention how
they are handling e-mail management, social media integration, and the growth
of online marketing from an IT management perspective. However, itís not
uncommon for business leaders to lose sight of these issues, due in many
cases to their business-siloed approach to IT. Our goal is to assist our
clients in understanding these issues, and then recommend the best approach
to move from their current environment to an e-business environment. All
of our recommendations are based on sound business practices and benefits
to the overall organization.
Our E-Business Rapid Review Assessment provides a fast and efficient evaluation
of your current IT environment, and business and IT alignment, which covers the
- A high level assessment and evaluation of your current IT application and infrastructure
environment (both in-house and purchased applications), capabilities, and alignment
to e-business requirements.
- The assessment and evaluation includes three key elements of e-business:
- Search engine optimization (SEO) of existing web site(s)
- Search engine marketing (SEM) of key on-line campaigns
- Social media optimization (SMO) of customer service integration
- A gap analysis comparing your IT solutions and policies to e-business best practices.
Our Experts have experience in working with both large and small businesses to achieve
the maximum benefits of their IT organization. We have assisted our clients in building
business cases for implementation changes/improvements as well as for outsourcing
or in-sourcing their e-business support and maintenance. Our team also has experience
in performing SEO, SEM and SMO assessments, developing actionable e-business strategies
and plans, and improving the overall business and IT performance.
We partner with our clients to develop the assessment based on their goals and business
requirements, and educate their team in the process. We feel this is important so
our clients can take ownership for the recommendations, and are capable of making
continual adjustments to the recommended roadmap as rapidly changing e-business
needs require. We stress that this is not just a report, but a process that positively
impacts and positions how IT delivers value to the business and most importantly
how the overall organization is effected by e-business.
Our offering delivers the following results:
- An assessment and evaluation of the current e-business environment, and its related
supporting applications and IT infrastructure.
- We review people, process, and IT solutions to provide a view of IT with respect
to supporting e-business.
- A gap analysis comparing your current IT solutions and policies to e-business
- An e-business overview of key IT applications that achieves the improvement opportunities,
as prioritized by the client, including:
- E-business architecture — how e-business and supporting solutions
can best integrate into the existing and planned solutions, and best support the
- Data management — the impact of data management, and its support
and integration, with the applications and business requirements for e-business.
Our Experts deliver a detailed report which includes the above deliverables, and
present our findings to our client’s management.
Work effort is conducted as follows:
- TAC Expert can be on-site or off-site to gather information.
- Work effort is limited to two days; client has readily available inventory, (applications,
servers, etc. and documentation (policies and procedures)) of all areas, or will
send to TAC within two business days upon request.
- Should information not be readily available, delays will occur.
- TAC will present findings and recommendations within seven business days after
receipt of all information from the client, and present to the client’s senior
In addition to the deliverables listed above, we can assist clients in a more detailed
full IT e-business assessment, and help to implement the approved initiatives.
CIO, COO, CFO
IT executives and senior management who are responsible for IT strategy and core
application systems across the enterprise. This assessment will enable them to be
assured that their IT investments yield the expected benefits. It will also improve
alignment between the IT function and the business.
About The Advisory Council
Founded in 2002, The Advisory Council (TAC) brings its unique Expertise-as-a-Service® (EaaS™), the next logical step in the XaaS revolution, to the enterprise. The EaaS solution-delivery model gives clients access to TAC’s wide array of services, tools and workshops designed to help CIOs and IT managers reduce costs, improve productivity, and increase the status of IT in the boardroom. The EaaS mission is to provide first-hand, actionable information, advice, and expertise in the context of your specific IT organization. The TAC Expert Network provides clients on-demand access to one of the world’s largest vetted networks of practicing IT experts. With hundreds of CIOs, authors, patent holders, thought leaders, and independent consultants, TAC delivers the right answer to your question in the right context, “right now.”