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Where will your next partners come from?

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

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The traditional way consulting firms find partners is by cultivating them inside the organization

Alan Radding

and bringing them up through the ranks. A long proven approach, for sure, but it [...]


New Enterprise Systems Maturity Model—the Next Data Center Normal

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

Consulting firms like maturity models. They are tools to help move clients further along a particular technology curve.  If you want to build a practice in a new area take your research and build [...]


Internet of Things Presents Huge Opportunities to Savvy Consultants

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Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

The Internet of Things (IoT) appears finally to be gaining real traction with both Gartner and IDC putting out reports on it. The opportunity, however, can best be understood in terms of vertical markets [...]


Change-proof Your Customer’s Organization and be a Hero

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

Many organizations are being whiplashed by IT infrastructure change—costly, disruptive changes that are hindering IT and the organization.  You know the drivers: demand for cloud computing, mobile, social, big data, real-time analytics, and [...]


How Computing Will Change Us in 5 Years

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

Since 2006 at about this time IBM comes out with five predictions, dubbed 5-in-5, about how technology will affect the world within five years.  Each year the predictions look at how technology [...]


Fresh Technologies for Building a Consulting Practice in 2014

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

While everyone is talking about the hot technology trends for 2014—hybrid cloud computing, real-time and predictive analytics—innovative IT consultants need to look beyond those, which have become so ho-hum. When looking ahead, this [...]


The Looming Battle for the Technology Budget—the Consultant’s Risk and Gain

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

(A book is the best way to build a consulting practice, ask me about ghostwriting your book.)

A recent Gartner webinar noted that by 2017 the CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO. The seminar went on to observe that since marketing is purchasing significant marketing-related technology and [...]


Optimize Your Client’s Digital Performance

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

(A book is the best way to build a consulting practice, ask me about ghostwriting your book.)

Consultants typically help clients hammer out their IT strategy. Today, consultants need to optimize the client’s digital strategy and tune their digital presence for peak performance. Deloite identifies these as today’s new challenges:  [...]


Shaping Your Client’s Digital Future—a Long Term Opportunity

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

(A book is the best way to build a consulting practice, ask me about ghostwriting your book.)

If you haven’t honed your digital strategy practice yet, the bandwagon will pull out without you.  In April, Deloitte announced that Kennedy Consulting had put them in the vanguard of digital consulting strategy. [...]


Use DevOps to Create a Consulting Practice around Business Agility

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

(A book is the best way to build a consulting practice, ask me about ghostwriting your book.)

Let’ say a company had spent a year preparing for its annual customer conference, a critical event. At the last moment someone suggested adding a smartphone app that would help customers plan the presentations [...]


Sorting Out the Data Analytics IT Options

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

(A book is the best way to build a consulting practice, ask me about ghostwriting your book.)

An article from McKinsey & Company, a leading management consulting and research firm, declares: “By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep [data] analytical [...]


Six Classes of Cloud Storage for Virtualized Systems

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger (A book is the best way to build a consulting practice, ask me about ghostwriting your book.)

Storage cannot be left out of any client’s cloud plans. Whether your client is talking about private or public clouds, cloud-specific storage must be baked into your plans from the start. Relying on whatever the cloud provider offers as [...]


How Should Consultants Best Use Facebook and Social Media

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

(A book is the best way to build a consulting practice, ask me about ghostwriting your book.)

It takes time, effort, and, in the end, an ongoing commitment of resources to optimize your use of social media as a consultant. And the payoff can be a little hazy.  Short of offering [...]


Paving the Last Mile of Big Data Analytics

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

(A book is the best way to build a consulting practice, ask me about ghostwriting your book.)

“The use of big data will become a key basis of competition and growth for individual firms. From the standpoint of competitiveness and the potential capture of value, all companies need to take big data seriously,” [...]


Who’s Driving the Cloud?

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

(A book is the best way to build a consulting practice, ask me about ghostwriting your book.)

Who is driving cloud computing decisions? A recent study by Capgemini  suggests that the business, rather than IT alone, is taking charge in driving Cloud strategy.

In North America, business is taking [...]