Consulting

Consulting

IllustroTech has a demonstrated track record in partnering with the C-Suite in a wide range of strategic arenas, including IT assessment, IT Governance, digital strategy, new product development,  systems integration and migration and the deployment of the human resources required to support them all.

Our success derives from our combination of executive-level business experience, deep domain knowledge in the industries we serve, and our uniquely positioned technology expertise. Our team includes successful general managers, entrepreneurs and technologists with deep knowledge of and experience in media, publishing, information and not-for-profit ("NPO") organizations in every domain: education, professional, scientific, medical, technology and general consumer.

IllustroTech helps clients achieve their strategic, financial, organizational, and technological goals through hands-on experience in every domain, excellence in both method and outcomes, and culturally sensitive, highly intimate involvement with mission critical staff.

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Collaborative Consulting Approach

During discovery, IllustroTech captures the project's current state leveraging our core Axioms.  Depending on the nature of the engagement, this includes a mix of fact finding interviews, review and documentation of key systems and their interconnections, mapping of relevant processes, identification of core toolsets, alignment to financials, and vendor management.  Often discovery extends into articulating the strategic objectives for the project in a way that is grounded in MBF.

Analysis involves scenario development and identifying the gaps between human, technology, process, partner and other impediments to achieving the objectives.  This includes evaluation of risk should such gaps remain or be delayed in remediation.

Recommendations include documentation of the first two phases along with a pragmatic plan for the organization to bridge the gaps and achieve the objective. Some projects include documentation (handbooks, etc). Often, our analysis reveals "reach" recommendations - those that BDCS extensive experience deems important to the client but which are out of scope of the project.

Unlike many consulting firms, IllustroTech stands ready to implement its recommendations.  Often the simplest implementation is assisting the client in socializing the plan through the enterprise.  Complex implementation includes governance processes, system design and implementation, product marketing management processes and organization design.  Where desired, Executive Search is brought to bear.

 Axioms

Management by Fact

Well documented by top business school research and rooted in the foundation of the scientific method, management by fact ("MBF") seeks to eliminate preconceived notions about the current state, reasoning for processes, etc. through rigorous creation of hypotheses, information gathering and cross validation.  Non-emotion driven consensus is key to alignment and achievement of objectives.

Navigation

Surprisingly many organizations skip one or more of the three required steps in achieving a strategic goal.  Navigation serves as a useful metaphor to how we both execute a project and make recommendations that are in alignment and actionable.  In order to navigate from one place to another, one must know:

  1. Where the journey begins, that is the current state.
  2. The desired destination, the strategic objectives.
  3. The means of getting there, the tactics and measures of success.

Systems Rightsizing

There are usually many commercial or custom solutions for every required system.  Selecting the right size for the organization in alignment with its current state and expected future state in a reasonable time projection is key to optimizing rapid adoption, deployment costs, and realizing ROI.

Engagement Types

Recent Project List

  • Publishing Services Workflow System with Client Portal
  • Donor CRM System with Peer-to-Peer, Team Peer-to-Peer, Crowdfunding, Individual and Offline Donations
  • Book, eBook and associated products Magento eCommerce site with 16K+ Titles and $80MM inventory control
  • IT Governance for 80 person, 100MM+ NPO
  • Onboarding and coaching senior management technologist to executive technologist

Technology Experts

IllustroTech brings decades of executive technical management to bear on every project.  Through our network and close relationship Bert Davis Executive Search, the iconic brand in retained, executive search in the media industry and their associated network, we are able to bridge any gaps in our Client's human resource talent.

 

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Call or email us today to set up a confidential, complimentary discussion on the challenges your organization is facing.

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“The 360° IT Assessment really illuminated where we needed to take that department and the senior technologist’s role. It was key in our successful CTO hire.”

- Howard Halligan, COO, Reader's Digest Brands

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

- Albert Einstein, smarty-pants physicist

“We engaged IllustroTech's leadership in 6 projects that spanned more than 2 years – each was a success.”

- Howard Halligan, COO, Reader's Digest Brands

"Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing."

- Warren E. Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

"IllustroTech's executive technology acumen is closely followed by their financial skill. I rarely see that combination and the results are impressive."

- Howard Halligan, COO, Reader's Digest Brands

"The great thing about fact-based decisions is that they can overrule the hierarch.”

- Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon