Catch the tiger by the tail – managing major consulting organisations

You’ve heard the story before, a new executive has joined the business, has ignored all processes and bought in ‘their favourite consulting company’ to review operations and they started 3 weeks ago….

Managing consulting and professional services organisations is a challenge almost every organisation grapples with. It is often compounded by the consulting company having contacts, relationships and often alumni at all levels of your organisation, meaning that, to manage them effectively, you also need to manage your own internal stakeholders effectively as well. Here we look at the common challenges faced in managing consulting companies and some techniques to help you.

Excel vulnerabilities show risks in using the popular tool for SRM

In 11 years’ of research, State of Flux has demonstrated one very consistent feature of the way organisations manage relationships with suppliers: they fail to invest in technology. In the decade that has seen an explosion in business-ready cloud-based software such as Salesforce.com and HubSpot, it is remarkable that for 86% of organisations, the main software for managing information about supplier relationships is Microsoft Excel.

Claim and counterclaim tell the story of a failing relationship

The best supplier relationships build value for both parties. The worst end up in court. That’s where car rental company Hertz found itself with Accenture. It had waited three years for the global consultancy firm to build a new website and mobile apps it was happy with.

Ten critical success factors to secure SRM value and ROI

Businesses are starting to accept the idea of supplier relationship management (SRM) – a strategic effort to understand suppliers and treat them according to their importance to the business. Last year, State of Flux’s research found the most important business drivers for implementing SRM are cost reduction or avoidance (54%), risk management and reduction (52%) and supplier innovation (43%).

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