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Technology Roadmap for Growth – A CEOs Briefing

If you’re planning for significant growth — or better yet, your business is already seeing it — you need IT to match.

Freeman Clarke Principals provide clear leadership with a business-focused roadmap for IT and digital. We’ve found it’s the best way for our clients to drive and support growth, without getting way ahead, or falling behind.

A Roadmap Avoids Chaos

Growing businesses need to reconsider their IT infrastructure, business systems, and digital plans. Many businesses are additionally investing in apps, online initiatives, and artificial intelligence. Without a roadmap, all this new technology can lead to stress and chaos. Or there may be the opposite effect — without a clear plan there’s no investment in new technology or even a kind of IT paralysis. The easiest way to avoid so many potential problems is when an experienced senior IT professional creates a roadmap.

An IT Strategy That Supports Your Business Strategy

Our Principal create an IT roadmap to support a long-term business strategy. So now the leaders of the company understand where the business is headed and how IT will complement and enhance their plans.

We have the experience and authority to understand the issues involved with business, people, and technology.

Delivering a Comprehensive Vision

The roadmaps covers all aspects of IT including infrastructure, business systems, and digital plans. These may be simple improvements. Or they may be larger projects like custom software or complete replacement of back-office business systems.

Whatever your company’s particular IT needs, all aspects of the roadmap need to recognize your company’s unique processes, organization, and people issues, as well as its technology. Often clients rely on our Principal to clarify and restructure their ways if working to save money or improve customer service.

A clear roadmap ensures that senior management understands the vision and that the consensus feeds into budgets and plans across the business. Of course our Principal takes responsibility for the roadmap and its budget, ensuring, just like any member of the senior team, that all aspects are properly managed through to completion.

Roadmaps are the start of the story. But our Principals make the real difference by delivering them and being accountable for the outcomes.

Download the full CEO’s Briefing above which explains:

 

Watch this video where Graeme Freeman (Co-founder and Director) explains what a Technology Roadmap looks like, the benefits and how to start planning yours. or, visit our Knowledge Center which includes all content related to this topic.

If you’d like to discuss how Freeman Clarke could support your business contact us now for a no-strings conversation.

Using IT to Succeed in Third Party Logistics (3PL)

In an increasingly competitive market, the best 3rd party logistics (3PL) firms capture the lion’s share of the opportunities. IT is often a key aspect of their competitiveness and profitability.

How to ensure your business systems are well designed, properly configured, smoothly integrated and effectively used.

The Five Key Ways IT Is Integral to 3PL Success

  1. Keep costs down by assigning responsibility. Both in IT and across the business, every investment must have a director scrutinizing the costs and accountable for delivery. Similarly, because IT costs and process are directly linked, someone needs to have ownership of process efficiency.
  2. Automate tracking. Ensure accurate, effective, up-to-the-minute visibility and tracking of consignments — both internally and externally to customers. This may be complex and involve third parties, but ultimately it means meeting and exceeding customer expectations.
  3. Streamline processes. Strive for integration and standardization of processes and IT within the company and with external customers and partners. This is critical for cost reduction, minimizing errors, and maximizing efficiency.
  4. Aim for flexibility. Work towards being able to rapidly and efficiently take on new business and then deliver on your promises. At the same time, remember that contraction is an inevitable part of business logistics — plan for expansion and contraction to maintain profitability and stability.
  5. Strategize for points of difference. Ensure that your business strategy and your IT strategy are complementary. Streamlined and low-cost operations, automated tracking and flexibility are the pillars for finding points of difference which allow you to avoid competing purely on cost.

As well as the summary above, we have created a more detailed CEO’s briefing on using IT to succeed in 3PL. Click on the link to download the full CEO’s briefing.

Freeman Clarke is the largest and most experienced team of part-time, or fractional, IT leaders. We work exclusively with organizations looking to use IT to grow their business. For an informal conversation, contact us and we’ll be in touch.

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