The focus of strategic business planning is to ensure that an organization is prepared to meet the challenges of the future. IDEA helps clients bridge the gaps between today''s situation and tomorrow''s requirements by applying its rigorous tools and techniques.

The Challenge

Organizations often approach strategic planning in an intuitive and fragmented way. Management subgroups are usually given the task of evaluating current systems and technology and developing the systems and technology needed in the future. This "silo" approach usually results in deficiencies in the overall strategic plan and an organization unprepared to meet the challenges of the future.

The IDEA Approach

1 Through its processes and software tools, IDEA develops a comprehensive "as-is" picture of the existing organization, its internal strengths and vulnerabilities, and the external factors that present opportunities and threats.

The existing processes within the organization are mapped, critical dependencies identified, and systems are analyzed for opportunities to streamline and optimize them.

A vision of the future business environment is developed based on assessments of markets, products, technologies, economic trends, etc.

Gaps are identified between the organization's vision and its current state. IDEA uses integrated tools for decision processing to develop strategies appropriate for the business.

Contingency and continuity plans are developed to ensure ongoing, profitable business operation. The plan is monitored and adjusted according to changes in the business environment.

Management Optimization

IDEA database solutions provide the mechanism for sorting the relevant information from the massive amounts of data generated in today''s businesses. The data are analyzed to provide solid decision processing capabilities to management. IDEA integrated systems approach applies the following principles:

 bigbullet     Each element contributes to the whole, and is in orchestrated operational relationships.

bigbullet     The whole cannot be fully understood by simply understanding the sum of every part. Rather, the inter-relationships
           and dependencies of each element must be clearly understood.

bigbullet     All business processes must be in concert with the operational business plan.

 bigbullet     Change in one part results in additional changes to other parts.

 b     Successful operations result from the presence and mutual maintenance of each element.

This approach can be used to greatly improve the effectiveness of a client''s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relations Management (CRM) efforts.

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