IT consultants have to shape up or ship out warns software developer Enable if clients are to realise the potential of solutions to their bottom line.
Software developers and consultants who are unable to meet client deadlines and budgets are destined to go out of business and give the industry a black mark, says the MD of Enable Software.
The warning from Andrew Butt, an entrepreneur who co-founded Enable when he was only 16, comes in the month that Enable marks its 10th anniversary. Butt also points to evidence from a recent survey by top law firm Eversheds which astonishingly reports that 80 per cent of IT projects are delivered late or not at all and that 75 per cent of UK businesses have had a legal dispute over IT contracts in the last four years.
"In some respects these figures are not surprising," explains Andrew Butt, Founder and Managing Director of Enable. "Often over complicated, convoluted systems are developed that ultimately either struggle to meet the brief, the budget and/or indeed timeframe. Smart consultants work to enhance process, not bog it down in technology. It is time that IT professionals clued up on the requirements of clients businesses and not just their own!"
According to Butt, clients may miss out on the competitive edge that intelligent IT strategies can bring to businesses while some will become entangled in intractable implementation programmes which are delayed and over budget at best and abandoned at worst.
Many forget that the biggest reason why IT exists is to automate processes and save time, says Butt. "An average office worker spends seven hours a day on their computer and can spend much of that time doing manual tasks that could be automated completely.
"Based on our experience it is possible to save a minimum of one hour per day and usually up to 2.5 hours daily by implementing systems to automate business processes.
"For a company of 500 office workers, that represents a saving of 500 hours per day, or the capacity to do the jobs of 71 people without the need to employ additional staff."
Using its technology platform, Enable has delivered made-to-measure solutions to many blue-chip clients across a variety of sectors, nationwide—Laing O’Rourke, Bupa Care Homes, Wolseley, NEC to name a few.
Since April 2008 Enable has delivered 75 projects, all of which have either been delivered to clients on or before the agreed delivery date.
"We don’t rely upon mega systems which are not necessarily fit for purpose. What clients require is a consultancy which understands their business model and processes and where it can provide efficiencies. Increasingly clients require strategic level input and on the ground implementation. This may well be in tandem with much larger Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems which can take several years to migrate roll-out across an organisation and take effect at the ’business end’.
The result has been significant cost savings to the customer, process efficiency and, in many cases, providing competitive advantage—all thanks to Enable’s solutions delivering greater productivity and significant return on investment.
Enable Software is part of the £110 million award-winning DCS Europe group of companies and was founded in 2000 on the principle of achieving customer delight by delivering high quality software systems. Today, Enable’s vision remains the same—to be recognised by its clients as their number one partner for operational system development.
Enable’s team of over 30 service professionals, design, build and deploy business software solutions based on proven ready-made but uniquely tailored technology for more than 100 clients globally.
A dynamic, award-winning entrepreneurial organisation, Enable has a fresh approach and extensive experience.