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My organization is looking for a boutique IT consulting firm to evaluate our current IT business model. We have a dedicated IT service provider that provides data center operations and system development utilizing dedicated and shared headcount. We need to understand what parts of the business model are successful, what parts are in need of improvement and what industry best practices are. We are CA based, have about 700 heads and revenues in excess of $10B. I look forward to hearing your recommendations.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
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(President & CFO, SBAConsulting.com) |

Please contact me offline.

Miguel Nicolas Moreda
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Wovenware
(Chief Financial Officer, Wovenware) |

I am the CFO of a Boutique IT Consulting Firm. Some of our clients have thousands of employees and billions in revenue. Our domain of expertise lies in analyzing current systems and identifying opportunities for integration between current systems. Thus, saving a lot of investment in IT by using installed systems, just by tweaking and integrating the communication between them.

Contact me to arrange a quick call, in order to understand your IT needs and see if we can help or recommend someone who can. mmoreda [at] wovenware [dotcom].

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Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
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(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

Anon
I would welcome the chance to talk privately with you. Technology strategy is one of our key service offerings. Please contact me via private message here or lgreenattransforming [dot] com.

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Donald Koscheka
Title: Principal
Company: Bluecloud Communications
(Principal, Bluecloud Communications) |

When you do your analysis, I would recommend that you start with an IT Portfolio Analysis - what are your business needs and how well do your current IT needs address them? (This is in contrast with an IT system analysis - how well are our IT services implemented?)

IT Portfolio:

1. Infrastructure - You will have core services (IT folks call this 'infrasructure' that you just needs - phone systems, networks, computers, etc). These are fairly easy to analyze and you can use a simple TCO benchmark to determine if you are acquiring these resources in a sufficient manner.

2. Applications - The next step is your applications - how well does you application portfolio meet your needs - take an inventory of your current and planned business needs and then determine whether your current systems will meet those needs - your results may be surprising - I find that most companies are overinvested in this space because they don't understand the impact of systems integration on current operations.

3. Information Systems - how well do your systems serve the information and decision making needs of the firm? You may have the best CRM system in the world but if it can't provide useful insights into client behaviors, it's not going to help you make business critical decisions.

4. Strategic Systems - these are projects that can provide you with competitive advantage.

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