Attitudes to consultancy have hardened since the financial crisis and the end of the bubble. Consultancy is no longer well regarded and is even being seen as part of the problem. In particular the reliance by public and private sector organisations on consultants in long term roles is perceived as an abrogation of management responsibility. A new approach is needed.
Solidus has provided top level management for some of the largest business change and IT projects in the UK and Europe. Running or reviewing projects with budgets of over £250million ($400million) is not unusual for Solidus; as are those of less than a £1million.
On behalf of clients of all sizes, Solidus directs and manages projects and programmes from proposal and business case through to delivery. Solidus has particular experience with complex stakeholdermanagement challenges and turning round difficult projects.Solidus undertakes Project Health Checks to catch problems early.
Solidus has more than thirty years’ experience of high-level information management and technology strategy. Martin Wilson wrote the book, The Information Edge, for the Institute of Management/ Financial Times Millennium Manager series. He is currently revising it for a new edition reflecting current technology changes.
Solidus works with leading technologists to stay up to date with technology change so that IT can be aligned with client’s business strategy and operating models.
Sometimes a programme or project needs fresh thinking to get it running smoothly; it may be that a health check has exposed issues.
Solidus has considerable experience with putting projects and programmes back on track. Usually it is a case of a project team using Solidus to facilitate an exploration of the challenges. Often the team are too close to the issues, Solidus helps them step back to “see the wood for the trees”. The client can then often resolve matters themselves. In extremis Solidus can take over project leadership until it is running smoothly.
From Solidus' experience of central government and large commercial organizations, we have encountered many individuals who have the latent attributes for greater capability. Reduced budgets no longer gives the option of relying on Big Consultancy, this is as an opportunity for organizations to start growing their own and using that potential effectively.
Working as trusted mentors and facilitators, Solidus can support teams and individuals who, currently, lack real experience and help them to avoid the basic pitfalls. Client teams will be able to take satisfaction from owning the solution and its successful delivery. Solidus will be there to support and provide comfort that the approach is sound and to share practical experience.