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IT Consulting

What Does IT Consulting Services Mean?

IT consulting services are advisory services that help clients assess different technology strategies and, in doing so, align their technology strategies with their business or process strategies. These services support customers’ IT initiatives by providing strategic, architectural, operational and implementation planning. Strategic planning includes advisory services that help clients assess their IT needs and formulate system implementation plans.

What Skills Do You Need To Be A Consultant?

Competition for graduate vacancies is often fierce, so an internship can be a boost for your application. Employers are looking for very specific skills and attributes in applicants to their firms. And perhaps nowhere more so than in Consulting. Some of the skills required are; 

  • Commercial awareness 
  • Good numerical skills 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Analytical skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Tact and persuasive ability 
  • Team-working skills 
  • IT skills 
  • Good oral and written communication skills 
  • Self-motivation

Foreign language abilities can also be useful. 

How Does A Consulting Firm Work?

A consultancy firm represents a business comprising of one or more consultants that efficiently provide skilled advisory services. These services are aimed at supporting and advising a company to achieve their key objectives and maximize their performance capabilities through data-driven analysis. A consulting firm can offer a number of services ranging from strategy to problem-solving and planning. The scope of work can often extend past providing actionable results and include project management solutions.

Why Is IT Consulting Service Important To Small Business Owners?

Small business consultants give business owners advice on strategy, problem solving, and developing skills. They also come up with resources and lay out a plan to improve an organization’s performance. Overall, small business consultants are contract workers that will spot problems, implement solutions, and achieve goals. Consultants can be an important tool for small businesses that can’t afford full-time employees year-round, need a third party to solve a company issue, or want an expert to give advice and strategize.

Business Development Services

What Is Business Development Strategy?

While business development is the process that is used to identify, nurture and acquire new clients and business opportunities to drive growth and profitability, a business development strategy is a document that describes the strategy you will use to accomplish that goal. The scope of business development can be wide-ranging and vary a lot from organization to organization.

Renewable Energy Solutions for Africa

Why Do I Need Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy provides reliable power supplies and fuel diversification, which enhances energy security, lower risk of fuel spills, and reduces the need for imported fuels. Renewable energy also helps conserve the nation’s natural resources. 

What Is The Future Of Energy Needs?

The world will need significantly increased energy supply in the future, especially cleanly-generated electricity. Electricity demand is increasing about twice as fast as overall energy use and is likely to rise by more than half to 2040. Almost all reports on future energy supply from major organisations suggest an increasing role for nuclear power as an environmentally benign way of producing reliable electricity on a large scale.

How Reliable Is Renewable Energy?

Although critics of renewable energy may claim that it isn’t reliable enough to power a grid, a new study gives proponents of clean power – such as wind and solar – fresh ammunition to respond. A thorough analysis carried out by the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College concluded that renewable energy could reliably power a large electrical grid 99.9 per cent of the time by 2030, at a cost that matches today’s electricity prices.

Studies by the experts who plan and operate the electricity grid show that much higher levels of renewable energy can be achieved reliably, while significantly reducing carbon emissions. We can significantly ramp up renewable energy and improve the reliability and resilience of our electricity system against the risks posed by extreme weather and climate change

What Renewable Energy Sources Are Being Developed In Africa?

The developing nations of Africa are popular locations for the application of renewable energy technology. Currently, many nations already have small-scale solar, wind, and geothermal devices in operation providing energy to urban and rural populations. These types of energy production are especially useful in remote locations because of the excessive cost of transporting electricity from large-scale power plants. Some of these sources include the following among others.

  • Bio-fuel.
  • Biomass.
  • Bio-gas.
  • Geothermal.
  • Hydro-power.
  • Solar energy.
  • Tidal power.
  • Wave power.

What Does Renewable Energy Mean?

Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Renewable energy often provides energy in four important areas: electricity generation, air and water heating/cooling, transportation, and rural (off-grid) energy services. The most common definition is that renewable energy is from an energy resource that is replaced rapidly by a natural process such as power generated from the sun or from the wind. Some forms are stored solar energy such as rainfall and wind power which are considered short-term solar-energy storage, whereas the energy in biomass is accumulated over a period of months, as in straw, or through many years as in wood.

Market Entry Strategy for Africa

Why Is Market Entry Strategy Important?

Market entry strategy is a significant tool for getting clarity on what you aim to achieve and how you are going to achieve it while entering a new market. It improves business efficiency and productivity. 

Project Management Services

What Is Project Management?

Project management is the process of leading the work of a team to achieve goals and meet success criteria at a specified time. The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals within the given constraints. This information is usually described in project documentation, created at the beginning of the development process. The primary constraints are scope, time, quality and budget. The secondary challenge is to optimize the allocation of necessary inputs and apply them to meet predefined objectives.

Why Do I Need To Manage My Projects?

Project management is important because it ensures risks are properly managed and mitigated against to avoid becoming issues. Risk management is critical to project success. But having a robust process around the identification, management and mitigation of risk is what helps prevent risks from becoming issues. Especially in complex projects, dealing with risk is where the value of project management really comes into play.

What Are The Stages In Project Management?

One of the most basic competencies a project manager needs to know is what are the five stages of project management. These are the project management stages that any PM can use as a basic guide to understanding how a project is progressing; 

  1. Project Initiation -This phase is the first stage of turning an abstract idea into a meaningful goal. 
  2. Project Planning -This stage requires complete diligence as it lays out the project’s road map. 
  3. Project Execution -This stage is where your team does the actual work. 
  4. Project Monitoring -This phase runs simultaneously with project execution, thereby ensuring that objectives and project deliverables are met. 
  5. Project Closure -This is the final phase of the project management process. This stage indicates the end of the project after the final delivery. 

Why Should I Employ The Services Of A Project Management Firm?

Well, obviously, it’s because it’s not easy to get the job done. A company might use the services of a project management consulting firm in order to get over challenges like a lack of experience with a certain type of project, a shortage of internal project management candidates, or poor project management in the past. A project manager consultant, however, has the skills to provide high-quality solutions to the issues that project teams face. Some of the benefits are; 

  • They can directly address issues related to the project 
  • They can improve efficiency 
  • They improve cost management 
  • They make up for a gap in expertise 

Business Process Optimization

What Is Business Process Optimization?

Business process optimization is the practice of increasing organizational efficiency by improving processes. It’s a part of the discipline of business process management (BPM). Optimized processes lead to optimized business goals.

Some examples of optimization include:

  • Eliminating redundancies
  • Streamlining workflows
  • Improving communication
  • Forecasting changes

How Do You Optimize A Business Process?

How Do You Optimize A Business Process? 

Business process optimization can be the secret to navigating rough seas of the industry. Planning is essential to make the most out of your business process optimization effort. In order to fully optimize your business processes, here’s a brief step-by-step guide. 

Identify The Process 

First, you need to identify the problematic process you want to optimize. you need to have a definite purpose, aim, and goal. Once your processes are mapped, you are now ready to identify which processes are the best targets for optimization. Using a tool that supports various analyses will help you easily determine which of your processes should be focused on in the upcoming optimization effort. 

Analyze The Process 

Process analysis can be either qualitative or quantitative. A qualitative analysis will give you a deeper insight into your process’s attributes while a quantitative analysis will allow you to test hypotheses and predict how processes will behave in the future. 

Implementing The Process 

Once you get rid of unnecessary elements and define the process, automate the revised process in its new form. Given the amount of impact process change can have, having an agreed and approved process design ensures alignment along with the whole process change project. This ensures all teams involved in the change project reach a cohesive and common goal that supports the process design target. 

Monitor And Evaluate The Process 

This stage involves checking whether the process is being adhered to and if it meets the desired outcome. You’ll have to take a micro and macro look at process performance and fine-tune it until you get desired results. 

Why Is Business Process Optimization Important?

Business Optimization Processes are essential knowing that your business can always be better and more efficient. Because your company, your customers, suppliers, and the world around us are constantly on the move, you will always have to look critically to see if your processes formerly employed are still optimal. 

Optimizing business processes offers many benefits that can help businesses stay afloat in the tidal waves of change such as: 

  • Market compliance 
  • Better customer service 
  • Increased efficiency 
  • Streamlined operations 
  • Reduced risks 
  • Well-utilized resources 
  • Consistency 
  • Assured quality 
  • It becomes easier for growth and access to better opportunities 

What Are The 5 Core Business Processes?

A small business is pretty simple, until you start to grow. Growth introduces new complexities that require more employees and more focus. The five core processes for a small business  are;

  • Sales & Marketing
  • Accounting & Technology
  • Quality & Product/Service Delivery
  • Management, HR & Finance
  • Product Development
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