Zenith Solutions – Consulting Services, adding tangible value through improving your organisation’s performance
At Zenith Solutions, we provide consulting services in information management to help organisations improve their performance in line with their strategic business objectives. Our core consulting offerings are specifically engineered to assist companies in areas vital to the organisation’s efficiency, growth and risk management, however generally sit outside the core competency of their business. These offerings include organisational readiness assessments and strategies around Master Data Management, Data Migration, Data Quality, Business Intelligence and Data Governance.
We apply our customised information assessments across our client’s people, process and technology to develop achievable and realistic roadmaps for driving increased information maturity and tangible business benefits.
We believe that each organisation has its own DNA composition of people, process and technology which requires specialised understanding and attention in order recommend the appropriate actions which underpin each client’s roadmap. Key to our consulting services are Strategy, Architecture Reviews and specific Information Management Assessments including Data Migration Readiness Assessment, Data Governance Assessment, Performance and Optimisation Health Check, Business Intelligence Assessment, Master Data Management Readiness Assessment.
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Data Governance is a quality control discipline that provides rigor in the process of managing, using, improving and protecting company’s data assets. Data Governance provides a system of decision rights and accountabilities for information-related processes and deciding who can take what actions with what information and when, under what circumstances, using what methods.
Combining extensive experience in the field, our consultants look at the people and processes as well as the technological aspects of master data management. Our MDM approach begins with an organisational readiness assessment that focuses equally on the people and processes and technological landscape of the organisation to determine the ‘best fit’ approach to selecting and implementing Master Data Management. The culture of an organization plays a large factor in the success of MDM implementations and is often under appreciated in the MDM implementation approach. Additionally, there are core, inter-related disciplines which underpin effective and successful MDM, which are often overlooked in the process. Zenith Solutions assesses the maturity of your organization across these fundatmental disciplines in order to provide a prescription for MDM that will succeed in your organization. Through clarity of your people, process and technology, Zenith Solutions develops a roadmap to MDM implementation which meets the specific DNA of your company aligned with your overall business objectives.
Statistics indicate 8 out of 10 data migrations fail – where failure means schedule or budget overrun. Data migration is a specialised discipline within the Information Management landscape, which requires a proven track record of successful implementation. Often organizations try to ‘go it alone’ for these projects, which has contributed to the poor track record of success because most companies do not have a highly focused team dedicated to the data migration function.
Data Quality includes data profiling, data quality monitoring, improvement of business processes, application modifications to prevent DQ issues and data cleansing of data. Zenith Solutions expertise in data quality extends to a variety of industries and business problems. Most organizations need a structured approach to identifying and understanding their data quality issues, and further support to establishing a capability to manage their data quality. Zenith Solutions perform and assessment of your company’s landscape and then provide recommendations on how to implement powerful change that fits your company’s culture. Zenith Solutions will delivery on the roadmap or assist your company in delivering upon the roadmap as part of our delivery services.
Metadata sets the foundation for all data and information products that emanate from an organisation’s IT department. Without disciplined management of the organisation’s metadata – data repositories, Entity Relationship Diagrams, data lineage, data stewardship, business terminology and linkage to physical assets, data profiling – all information projects take longer and cost more to implement. Many projects will not achieve their intended targets due to the poorly managed metadata within the organisation. These issues are compounded with the increasing rate of mergers and acquisitions occurring today.
Data warehousing has almost become a dirty word due to their large costs and lack of delivery on expected outcomes. This fact is largely the result of weakness in the supporting areas that make up the Data Warehouse tapestry. The Zenith Solutions Data Warehouse assessment reviews the IT architecture and tools and how they deliver on the business needs. It also reviews the warehouse and reporting governance in place and makes recommendations for improvement. It considers data privacy regulation and how the warehouse is performing against these standards.
One of the core problems with IT today is that most companies are searching for a silver bullet or magic potion that will fix the problem. Business Intelligence software is often viewed as that silver bullet, however this myopic view lacks the insight into what truly makes business intelligence effective. The Zenith Solutions BI Assessment reviews the people, process and technology the organisation currently has in place to support either existing Business Intelligence reporting or a new initiative.
The Information Agenda approach is to interview your lines of business and IT to understand where the company’s key pain points around data and information management lie.
Securing the privacy of your data in compliance with Payment Card Industry and Data Security Standards is not at the top of many organisations list of priorities because they have not been fined or have not yet damaged their reputation through a known breach of security and privacy standards.
The management of test data is a significant issues for public and private organisations alike. With growing outsourcing and off shoring of the IT testing function, the method and approach for managing a company’s test data in a secure and private manner has become difficult to sustain. Zenith Solutions TDM Assessment looks at the environments, data scope, privacy compliance and technical approach to managing this important function.
Data storage requirements can be different across industries and archiving strategies are typically the last to be implemented – if they have even been developed in the first place. Archiving, however, can save the company significant dollars where their old approach may have been to simply through more hardware at the issue.
Zenith Solutions consulting services integrate services including master data management and data governance to advance an organisation’s business objectives. Please contact our specialist team to determine how we can assist your organisation.