IT Consultancy Services
We are a dedicated team with considerable experience of business and technical operations in charity, not for profit, public sector and commercial organisations. From requirement gathering to IT infastructure strategy, we provide a full range of consultancy services and support to help take the hassles out of your IT projects.
Providing guidance and advice
We can support and guide your in-house staff when there is a need to obtain external and objective guidance, providing impartial advice in a number of technical and business areas.
Application Specification and Development
Before commencing the procurement of a new application or website it is important to develop a specification that is agreed and supported by all areas of the organisation. Our consultants have extensive business experience and can work with you and your stakeholders to identify and document requirements and help you to evaluate and prioritise conflicting needs.
We have considerable experience of specifying and designing websites and on-line applications and we use a number of techniques, from user-profiling to accessibility audits, to ensure that all requirements are gathered and evaluated. Our approach will normally consider the ethnicity, literacy and special needs of the intended users to ensure that the website design is as inclusive as possible.
No one likes it but sometimes projects fail and it is necessary to obtain an expert opinion as to the quality and fitness for purpose of what has been supplied. We recently helped a not-for-profit organisation determine whether or not the website and database they had purchased was constructed in a suitable manner. Unfortunately it wasn’t and our written report was used to negotiate a settlement.
Having helped a number of organisations select a content management system or utilise our methodologies for CMS selection, we are well-placed to provide guidance and advice in this area.
Guidance to IT Management
Do it yourself? Out-source? Deciding how to provide, support and manage your IT infrastructure is a continuing challenge for organisations of all sizes. With recommendations (often conflicting) coming thick and fast from both your internal staff and your prospective or incumbent suppliers it is often difficult to obtain an objective view. We have recently provided consultancy to review a charity’s IT Infrastructure strategy and helped a medium-sized organisation develop their strategy for server virtualisation. In both cases our expert consultants were able to review technical, business and organisational requirements and to provide both organisations with impartial advice and a clear unambiguous recommendations.
Procurement of IT stuff can be a challenging process and good advice and a robust procurement process can reduce your purchasing costs significantly while also ensuring that the item you procure is actually what you need and is fit for purpose. That there are no hidden costs and that what you end up paying over a the life of the item is what you thought it was going to be.