What does an I.T. consulting company do?

We live in a world where technology is advancing every day and many businesses rely upon many sorts of technology to keep their business running and to grow their business over time.

The job of an I.T. consulting company is to advise their clients on how they can utilise technology to achieve their business goals and make their business more successful.

When an I.T. consulting company is asked to work for a client they will usually go in and spend time analysing the current systems in place and how they are used. From this they can then create a report that will show what needs to be done to improve the use of IT to help improve their business. The idea is often to help the client save time and money by using systems to automate many of the processes that are done individually and also to make record keeping easier. They may for example suggest having a system installed that links all the customer records to the invoicing system and to an email marketing system to allow them to instantly see the complete record of one customer without having to log in to multiple systems.

Effectively managing a team of workers

If you are responsible for managing a team of workers then you may sometimes struggle to get them to all do what they should be at the correct time. Managing a team of people with different strengths and weaknesses can be tricky especially if you do not have a lot of experience in a management role.

Firstly you need to be able to assess each person and find out what motivates them. Research has proven that when someone is motivated and happy they work better. Each of us react different to situations and are attracted by different incentives. For some, a pay rise or chance of a bonus is what motivates them to work hard. For others it’s the chance of being given more responsibility that makes them work harder.

When in a management role, it is important to maintain control of your workers without being too bossy and making enemies. You need to get the right balance between both and make sure that all of your workers know that they can come to you with any issues or concerns they may have. Remember a happy work place is a productive work place.

Brexit – Crisis, or Opportunity?

The professional services world has been in profound shock since July’s unexpected referendum result and with good reason – uncertainty is rarely ever good for business, particularly if that uncertainty directly concerns the free trade and open borders that, in a globalised, highly specialised industry, you rely on.

At first glance, Brexit would definitely appear to be bad news for consultants everywhere – with merger & acquisition business now at a virtual standstill, having shrunk by 50% on the previous year in the run up to the vote alone, belts will be tightened in many areas. Investments flowing in is, really, our lifeblood – when they flow in, companies expand and look to management consultants to manage and scale that expansion. When it stalls… well, we all know what happens.

But is it all doom and gloom? Yes, there are certainly challenges, but with our European relationship amounting to a complex and many-headed beast which will be difficult and time-consuming to unravel, there is much for consultants to tackle at the same time – a prudent business plans for the future, and where the future is uncertain and could yield more than one outcome, is best advised to plan multiple strategies for the likely outcomes, and who is best placed to answer that call?

 

The Autumn Statement – Our thoughts

Broadly, the analysis shows that people will have a little bit less money in their pockets, with it’s few token giveaways largely offset by declining benefit coverage and inflation. Interest rates remain unlikely to rise in the near future, which is broadly good news for mortgage payers and borrowers, but interest-based incentives to save remain non-existent as the government seeks to inject as much non-invested cash back into the products market.

Great news for tenants in the abolition of tenancy fees, but it is worded as the government will ‘go into consultation in the New Year so many won’t be expecting much benefit from that next year, never mind this. Housing costs for those moving continue to rise above inflation in many areas – particularly where most work is available within walking distances or via easy access to public transport.

If you’re a car manufacturer without a profitable electric product, the changes to salary sacrifice schemes are likely to put a dent in your mid-range volume as they make some cars more expensive for the average user, particularly for diesels – the government is slowly signalling their death knell, as more cities move towards emissions-free zones and the announcement of investment into both electric charging and autonomous vehicle infrastructure does offer an opportunity for some skilled and sustainable jobs.

Marketing opportunities for your business

If you have a business then you will probably already know how important marketing is, but are you missing out on marketing opportunities? Marketing your business correctly can be the difference between being successful and failing. There are many ways in which you can market a business such as online through a website or social media sites, creating leaflets and doing mail drops or cold calling. Only marketing using one avenue can be a risky strategy and may mean that you miss out on opportunities to get more business.

If you currently do no or little online marketing then this could be a route that you need to explore. Many people are using the internet to find services or products they need and therefore if you have no presence online, you will not be able to compete with those that do.

With any marketing it is vital to track what you are doing and the return you get but be sure to give marketing time as some is not instant and will take time.

 

Team Building Activities – Guarantee Increased Work Group Effectiveness

As strange as it may sound, team building is one of those vague and misused terms which managers occasionally call into play as a solution for sluggish work unit performance. Just so you know, the rise in popularity and use of team building parallels the growing perception of work as the output of teams of workers rather than compartmentalised tasks on an assembly line. Recent reports have clearly demonstrated the importance of effective team structures to the overall performance and effectiveness of the worker. Continue reading  

Building project manager

If you are having a building project done then you may consider hiring a project manager. Some people think that having a project manager is just another cost that they can do without so take on the role themselves. A good project manager should have a lot to offer for any project and if taking on the job role yourself you will need to ensure you have plenty of free time to do it and have a good idea of what you need to do.

A project manager can often save you money on supplies etc. as they often have contacts within the industry that will offer them a discount. They are also there to keep an eye on your budget and on time scales, meaning your project is more likely t be completed on time and within the budget you originally set up. Before dismissing a project manager, find out the exact costs and see if it may be worth using one.

 

Making the most out of your office space

If you have an office then you will want to make the most out of your space to allow you to get a certain number of staff in and all the equipment / filing space you need.

Planning out your office is very important and you need to consider not only the practical side of it but also health and safety plus fire regulations to make sure you adhere to all of these. It may be that you only have one or two employees at present but you will need to consider if you may need to expand in the future and if the premises will allow for this or if you wold mind if you have to relocate.

You may wish to hire an office bigger than you will initially need so it already has room for you to grow your business as and when you need to.

 

 

Commercial Interior Design for an Innovative Workplace

Commercial interior design needs to be practical as well as pretty. It must be a comfortable environment for both clients and employees; the former should want to come back, and the latter should want to come into work in the morning.

There are several elements that go into commercial interior design Northampton. Above all else, the design must create a warm space that is inviting and soothing to visitors and comfortable and practical for employees. Visitors should be able to sit in a comfortable waiting area that is outfitted with appropriate commercial furniture and optimum lighting. The environment should be cheerful, not dour.

However, perhaps the most important detail commercial interior design is that it is arranged in a way that is convenient for employees. Files, office supplies, and other frequently used items should be easily accessible to the appropriate staff. Employees should not have to wade through boxes in an overcrowded utility closet to find the items that they need. Instead, all relevant business documents and supplies should be kept in stylish filing cabinets and cupboards that complement the office’s décor. Continue reading  

Strategy consultant

A strategy consultant may be required in a number of incidences. Some companies looking to evolve more in to the technology world, employ a strategy consultant to help them discover how they could take their business to the next level and offer their customers the latest in terms of the technology they can use with their brand or to view information, place orders etc.

If you have a long term goal in which you want to meet, then I would strongly recommend a strategy consultant. They will work backwards from your goal telling you what needs to be done and when in order to achieve it. They will also help you along the way should you come in to any issues and will check that you are on target to achieve what you set out to do. Without a consultant, it is easy to spend too much time concentrating on the wrong areas.