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Transform your organisation for success and survival

March 26th, 2013 by

As we approach a new financial year, the outlook in the UK – and the west generally – is looking quite gloomy.

A quick scan of the business news paints a miserable picture: banks losing £31.5bn through fines and debts, the possibility of the dreaded triple dip recession, high street mainstays like HMV, Blockbuster and Jessops struggling to compete with their sleeker, more efficient online competition, and the entire Cypriot banking industry – once their most valuable export – faces an EU “rescue”.

There’s one element all of these organisations have in common; from individual businesses to entire industries – they failed to adapt to a changing environment.

Transform your organisation for success

It’s not a simple or pain-free option, but change is something every organisation must embrace to maintain a competitive edge.

Advances in IT and online technologies mean even those companies currently enjoying success could find themselves stagnating and falling behind without the right change management processes in place.

Business Transformation made easy

Until the end of March, we are offering over £100 off our Business Transformation Bundle, which will enable you to:

  • Plan and prepare for change, identify the objectives of the change wanting to be made, communicate it and manage the impact of the change.
  • Implement change, building an effective change team.
  • Embed change, delivering business benefit and making the transition with no disturbance.

Everything you need for a Business Transformation

Our Business Transformation bundle contains:

  • All the planning, communication and documentation tools you will need to implement an effective business transformation management system
  • PLUS a copy of ‘Managing Business Transformation’ an authoritative and comprehensive guide to Business Transformation.

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Will the Budget help drive business transformation?

March 21st, 2013 by

Whilst I don’t entirely agree with everything the chancellor announced in yesterday’s Budget, I am pleased to see measures being put in place to help UK businesses to grow. Economic growth can only be helped by the prosperity of businesses that create jobs and produce goods & services that can be exported abroad, boosting GDP.

Axing stamp duty on shares traded on growth markets, such as the Aim, is very encouraging as further investment in these businesses should allow for more innovation and more jobs. The 1% drop in corporation tax will help businesses somewhat, and the commitment of Government procurement from small firms to rise fivefold should be a welcome break for SMEs across the country.

Is it too little, too late?

Many of these announcements will not come into effect straight away and certainly not soon enough to affect growth forecasts for 2013. In fact, these forecasts have been halved to 0.6%.

Looking back over the last five years, with several recessions, numerous high profile bankruptcies and entire business models under serious threat, today’s picture is very different.  Boards have their shareholders breathing down their necks impatient for faster business transformation.

How do you identify the changes that will benefit your business and begin to implement them?

One approach some companies adopt to address these challenges is to buy a start-up in the hope that this will drive change. However, this rarely works out well as the clash of cultures is usually too great.

Enforcing a business change is a mammoth task, one that any change manager will appreciate help with. Our new Business Transformation Toolkit guides organisations in implementing change, providing expert documentation in the form of processes and procedures, forms, records and checklists.

This toolkit will provide you and your organisation with a structured approach not only in the documentation provided, but guiding you along the way looking at different ways and means of implementation which will be tailored to your organisation. It will help you put into place a detailed and effective documentation system to your businesses change, also helping you to maintain and monitor the transformation.

Every organisation, for their very-own survival, should purchase this toolkit along with Melanie Franklin’s book, Managing Business Transformation – A Practical Guide.

Change is vital to retain your competitive edge. Learn how to manage it for maximum effect!

Purchase them separately, or purchase them together saving £110.

IT-enabled Business Change: Successful Management

November 7th, 2012 by

Information Technology is a core aspect of every traditional business operation. Over the past 10-20 years it has become apparent that a business cannot and should not operate without adequate Information Technology resources. However, a lot of organizations still look at IT as a back office support function. There are several techniques or frameworks (e.g., COBIT®, ITIL®, COSO, Six Sigma®, etc…) that help an IT department reposition itself to be a key element within the essential (if not the most essential) functions of the business, including the activities of defining, supporting, enabling, and driving business change. Efficient and effective business change and transformation is vital for any business in today’s economy. Manwani successfully outlines a comprehensive set of critical points, values, and techniques that drive and support ‘IT-enabled business change.’

IT-enabled Business Change is a very handy resource describing the different perspectives of an IT Service Management professional’s view of a business change. While often the views are very similar, the book addresses elements that are not directly described (or at least not in much detail) or supported by, for example, ITIL best practices. I have found the ideas for managing cultural change, addressing stakeholders properly, providing appropriate benefit information, and understanding organizational structure issues to be very informative and applicable to my future projects. It’s important to remember (and Manwani makes this a fundamental point) that it is the business initiative that IT drives or enables and not an IT initiative that the business supports. The real world examples and case studies (from medium or large organizations based on finances, organizational structure and customer impact) highlight the importance of IT being seen as a core competency to enable the organization to meet goals, manage risks and ensure overall project success. The book has comprehensively described a set of tools (e.g., Agile, MOST, TOGAF, SWOT, etc…) collected from several business and quality, project or service management practices to show in plain, easy to understand, non-IT specific language how to accomplish your goals driving IT and business change.

However, the recommendations or ideas, while useful in theory and in some aspects might sound prescriptive (e.g., suggestions for roles and responsibilities, benefit calculations, etc…), can be adopted by any organization for large scale business initiatives. Manwani’s business change lifecycle should be familiar to the IT reader, but it approaches ITs’ role in business change from a higher level. The second step in this lifecycle, Business Improvement, coupled with more formal or larger scope considerations, such as program management, performance management, incentives or organizational design elements, is probably more appropriate for senior IT leadership or consulting companies involved in a business transformation versus a professional in an enterprise organization.

Overall IT-enabled Business Change provides very practical guidance in how to be in the ‘driver’s seat’ rather than reactively addressing the ‘fallout’ of a business change. The book should be applicable to anyone in Information Technology or in a Business function working with IT. It successfully removes the back office view of IT and makes it a core part of an enterprise. It addresses an important role of an IT Leader (CIO) who should not only understand IT, but also should understand the business and its customers becoming the effective dynamic supporting the use of the most appropriate IT technologies (beyond software and hardware) to drive change.

Lastly, this was great reading for anyone in an IT leader role or for those who might be struggling with getting the necessary support for your IT organization or project in an enterprise. Recommended!

IT Enabled Business Change is available from our International, European, American and  itSMF USA websites.

How to deploy change effectively in your business

August 15th, 2012 by

Communication is key to deploying change effectively in your organisation.

  • Plan and prepare for change, identify the objectives of the change wanting to be made, communicate it and manage the impact of the change.
  • Implement change, building an effective change team.
  • Embed the change, for the transition to appear seamless to the customer(s).

However, enforcing a business change is a mammoth task for any sized organisation and requires a lot of support and guidance.

This help can be found in the Business Transformation Toolkit, which provides expert documentation in the form of processes and procedures, forms, records and checklists.

The documentation will provide you and your organisation with a structured approach to deploying change effectively, whilst helping you maintain and monitor the transformation.

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Deploy change effectively in your business with this toolkit.

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For more help on confronting change in your business, read Managing Business Transformation: A Practical Guide by Melanie Franklin.

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FREE Demo Alert of the Business Transformation Toolkit

August 8th, 2012 by

Effective business change depends on appropriate planning, communication and documentation tools. The Business Transformation Toolkit contains pre-written documents that you can tailor to your organisation to guide and support you and your team throughout these three stages.

Now you can download a FREE demo of Melanie Franklin’s Business Transformation Toolkit which contains samples of the checklists, questionnaires, models and templates provided in the toolkit.

Download your FREE demo here >>

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Enforcing a business change is a mammoth task, one that any change manager will appreciate help with. Our new Business Transformation Toolkit guides organisations in implementing change, providing expert documentation in the form of processes and procedures, forms, records and checklists.

Download your demo here >>

More to explore:

Managing Business Transformation: A Practical Guide
Managing Business Transformation: A Practical Guide

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Buy Now

Changing How You Manage and Communicate Change
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Everything you want to know about Organisational Change
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Managing Business Transformation: “Small Book – Big Punch!”

July 6th, 2012 by

Realise the changes that will benefit your business in this great new book – Managing Business Transformation. If done right, change can bring improved efficiency, increased productivity and greater profitability.

“‘Small book – big punch!’ … In 130 pages and 5 easily digestible chapters it manages to not only cover the theories, concepts and techniques of organizational change but it links them together in a sensible and highly useable manner.”
Graham Devine, Adjunct Ltd

Available in eBook format, download today for an easy read into change management >>

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Price: $29.95

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Read Melanie Franklin’s book – Managing Business Transformation: A Practical Guide which will take you through all the stages of change management and provide strategies for dealing with resistance. Make change work for you.

Download this eBook >>

P.S. Melanie’s also just released her Business Transformation Toolkit!

Managing Business Transformation: “Small Book – Big Punch!”

July 6th, 2012 by

Realise the changes that will benefit your business in this great new book – Managing Business Transformation. If done right, change can bring improved efficiency, increased productivity and greater profitability.

“‘Small book – big punch!’ … In 130 pages and 5 easily digestible chapters it manages to not only cover the theories, concepts and techniques of organizational change but it links them together in a sensible and highly useable manner.”
Graham Devine, Adjunct Ltd

Managing Business Transformation: A Practical Guide Managing Business Transformation: A Practical Guide
by Melanie Franklin

Price: €29.95

Learn more

Buy Now

     

Read Melanie Franklin’s book – Managing Business Transformation: A Practical Guide which will take you through all the stages of change management and provide strategies for dealing with resistance. Make change work for you.

Download this eBook >>

P.S. Melanie’s also just released her Business Transformation Toolkit!

Managing Business Transformation: “Small Book – Big Punch!”

July 6th, 2012 by

Realise the changes that will benefit your business in this great new book – Managing Business Transformation. If done right, change can bring improved efficiency, increased productivity and greater profitability.

“‘Small book – big punch!’ … In 130 pages and 5 easily digestible chapters it manages to not only cover the theories, concepts and techniques of organizational change but it links them together in a sensible and highly useable manner.”
Graham Devine, Adjunct Ltd

Available in eBook format, download today for an easy read into change management >>

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Read Melanie Franklin’s book – Managing Business Transformation: A Practical Guide which will take you through all the stages of change management and provide strategies for dealing with resistance. Make change work for you.

Download this eBook >>

P.S. Melanie’s also just released her Business Transformation Toolkit!

Implement change effectively with this NEW toolkit!

July 3rd, 2012 by

Published just last week, the Business Transformation Toolkit will enable you and your business to:

  • Plan and prepare for change, identify the objectives of the change wanting to be made, communicate it and manage the impact of the change.
  • Implement change, building an effective change team.
  • Embed the change, for the transition to appear seamless to the customer(s).

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Written by author of Managing Business Transformation: A Practical Guide, Melanie Franklin has an extensive track record in the realisation of business change programmes within the public and private sectors.

This toolkit will help you achieve change effectively within your business, providing all the tools, documents, support and guidance you will need.

Download this toolkit today! >>

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Manage business transformation effectively with this how to guide

April 18th, 2012 by

Businesses must constantly change and adapt to maintain their competitive advantage. Often though, the process of implementing change is a difficult one and that affects productivity and profitability.

Managing Business Transformation will show you how to understand, plan, prepare, implement and embed change within your organization. Written by business transformation expert Melanie Franklin this book uses draws on Melanie’s own experiences and real life examples to help you understand how to best facilitate change.

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The book will enable you to:

  • Understand change – how to define clear goals and quantify the benefits.
  • Plan and prepare for change – how to create a change plan, communicate it and manage the impact of change.
  • Implement change – how to build an effective change team and obtain the buy-in of your staff.
  • Embed the change – how to return to the new ‘business as usual’.

Ensure you meet your objectives with effective business transformation.

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