Technology Planning & Procurement

Thinking of updating your company’s technology but not sure where to start?

Clarity’s consultants are experienced in the strategic planning of your technology. They have extensive technology operational management experience and know-how to achieve the best value from your technology budget. They are able to explore, analyse and implement more streamlined processes for your business in order to achieve better outcomes for your organisation. Our track record and feedback is testimony to this claim.

Clarity has delivered great value outcomes for private, not for profit, and government organisations in managing the procurement of information and communications technology solutions.

The problems that technology can’t fix

When a business is growing, certain challenges arise, so senior managers hunt for technology or software to fix the problem. They are often drawn in by the glowing promises of technology vendors. But down the track, new problems crop up, sometimes the chosen solution did not account for the most important business needs. Sometimes it brings up a new problem. This results in frustration all-round and more money spent than they ever imagined.

This well-travelled road of misaligning business needs with a technology solution need not be your path.

Avoid these pitfalls

Believing a technology product is going to be the silver bullet for business problems has often led to many frustrations.  We help to protect against selecting technical disasters by testing and assessing potential suppliers and their capabilities.

While we understand today’s technology trends, our decisions are based on your business goals, your need to save time, and our aim to get maximum value from limited budgets – not on the vendor’s hype.

Whole of lifecycle costs can cripple your budget

Did you know that the upfront cost of buying and implementing technology solutions is only 20% of the total cost of ownership (TCO)?  It is also the time where the client has the most power in the negotiation, which is why our technology procurement services often pay for themselves.

Clarity takes full account of: 

  • Acquisition costs and benefits (e.g. hosting and support options).
  • Setup costs.
  • Ongoing training.
  • Change management and staff considerations.
  • Maintenance costs.
  • Retirement of old systems.

Maximise benefits through technology planning

To receive the full benefits of procurement services, we advise strategic technology planning be conducted. As part of this, a technology roadmap will indicate where to invest in technology (to achieve time/money savings), while ensuring that the new technology costs are sustainable, manageable, scalable and enables business growth.

When you work with Clarity, procurement is approached strategically, thus achieving compliance with regulatory standards, along with better value for money for the organisation. We define and prioritise the business requirements and analyse the options available taking into the current trends and market research. This approach provides a better understanding of the solutions presented and delivers greater leverage for negotiations with ICT solutions vendors.

About Clarity’s Technology Planning and Procurement Services

We are GITC accredited. So if your Department uses the Government Information Technology Contracting (GITC) Framework, there will be no problem with procuring ICT products or services.

Engaging a Clarity Business Consultant makes sense.  It’s a cost-effective option for those companies who recognise that they need strategic technology planning, but don’t have the internal resources or the time to complete this essential task. The service can be ‘fine tuned’ to be available when you most need it and wound back when not required.

So What’s Involved?

Our business consultants work with management to define and shape the enterprise. How?

Once we’ve discussed your business goals, we review your organisation’s current shape and culture to check the alignment between the two. This gap analysis helps prioritise the strategic direction technology investments need to be targeted towards. For example, supporting growth, automating manual processes costing you time and potential clients, or using existing technology investments to better advantage.