Strategy and Business Management
Organizations are starting to work differently-they are facing disruptive technologies, global competition, emerging business models, changing customer and employee expectations, and evolving regulation. By remaining agile and adapting to these changes faster than their competitors, organizations can achieve competitive differentiation and transform challenges into opportunities to excel.
We bring in right-sized, agile teams that know how to work alongside existing teams, within their culture. And when we leave, client teams are armed with new knowledge and the skills needed to move forward.
E.K.’s Management Consulting Services deliver actionable solutions to real business challenges that span across people, technology, data, processes and cybersecurity. Our consultants provide organizations with strategic leadership and transformational insights, obtained through years of experience.
When large organizational, procedural, or technological shifts occur, the impact is felt across all levels of a business. With the right direction and leadership, this leads to a highly motivated and productive workforce, streamlined processes, automated workflows, cost savings, and a solid path towards innovation to guide your organization into the future.
Customers shift expectations; technologies transform markets; regulations and requirements evolve. In this environment, company leadership needs to be visionary – yet vigilant of the smallest operational details. E.K. Associates’ experienced team of consultants gives CEOs, CIOs, stakeholders and other decision makers strategic guidance focused on IT and Cybersecurity. From requirements gathering to implementation, training and support; we operationalize your vision.
E.K.’s Business Transformation services facilitate effective transformation efforts by identifying gaps, designing optimal solutions and supporting adoption.
Our Business Transformation services include:
- Process Reengineering/Improvement
- Process Audits
- Process Automation
Business transformation initiatives leverage today’s digital ecosystem and enterprise architecture tools to help you efficiently achieve your growth objectives – aligning financial resources, operational capability, technology platforms, and business strategy to drive results. E.K. collaboratively engages stakeholders and accelerates proven, practical business transformation methodologies. The process is focused on transforming business models, reducing operating costs, fueling new revenue streams, and modernizing risk management.
Inefficiency, whether at an enterprise level or within functions, has a direct impact on performance. E.K.’s team of experts examines every aspect of your operation to understand Key Performance Indicators (KPI) integral to your business, identifying pain points, weaknesses, and gaps, measuring negative impacts, defining goals, and recommending procedures – all to improve performance. We facilitate collaboration and identify key stakeholders to define work streams, process gaps, risks, system requirements, and KPIs.
Game-changing regulations, macro-economic forces, product, trade and technological vulnerabilities can all put your business at risk – and they are difficult to predict. E.K.’s specialists address active and anticipated threats with strategies to mitigate their impact.
Forward-thinking leadership is integral to success whether your organization is public or private, large or small, corporate or not-for-profit. Yet, the ability to position the business for growth and to meet on-going responsibilities can be compromised without access to independent and objective data and advice. E.K. Associates is adept at providing focused, deeply substantiated recommendations to senior management to support decisions involving assessment of strategic transactions, evaluation of enterprise risks, and functional audits of operational and technology platforms.
Effective internal audits give you assurance that your organization works as it should, as well as early warning about emerging risks and opportunities. Evaluation of the audit process is equally vital. Across functions and workflow and at regular intervals, E.K. assesses the accuracy and quality of your internal audit function, benchmarks the process, and identifies ways to strengthen the audit.
IT Audit and Controls
The IT environment that your organization depends upon is subject to risk on a daily basis. You need both an offensive and a defensive strategy to protect critical data and IT assets. E.K.’s technology risk and cyber specialists help you identify, manage, and respond to technology threats and regulatory compliance requirements while developing strategies to safeguard data and systems. Our in-depth understanding of the different layers of the technology stack enables us to identify risks and design more resilient IT controls across your infrastructure, network, operating system, databases, and at the application level.
We use industry-leading standards, frameworks, and technologies – including Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT), Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), International Standards Organization (ISO), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – to facilitate a top-to-bottom review of your IT environment and identify control weaknesses.
- Strategic Planning
- Risk and Compliance
- Management Consulting
- Business Transformation
- Process Reengineering
- Process Improvement
- Process Audits
- Process Automation