Practices

Avantage is organized into practice areas that combine specialized teams and technology into high performance solutions that solve real business problems.  We continuously improve on our approach, tools, methodologies, processes, intellectual property, and partner relationships to stay competitive and successful.  Some practices areas may have a single solution or several depending on the problem it is designed for, but the most important thing for our customers is it solves their challenge fast and our teams are at the heart of it.  See one that would help you?

Strategy and Planning

Your company likely faces a multitude of challenges when designing and executing on your corporate strategy. Too often we fail to differentiate a strategic review from the annual budgeting process, or lack an appropriate approach for strategic planning. Avantage has developed core capabilities and standard tools that can help you develop your strategy, communicate your strategy and accelerate the alignment and execution of the strategy by your core business units.

Execution and Performance Management

Avantage goes well beyond simple benchmarks to develop a culture of performance based on execution and alignment. Though measurement is critical, our approach focuses on measuring business outcomes vs. measuring activities that are presumed to deliver business outcomes. We use leading and lagging measures to ensure your workers, workgroups and partners are having the right discussions, making the right decisions and focusing on the right actions.

Technology Business Management

The core principles of Technology Business Management are similar to the core principles of sales, manufacturing or any other corporate business function. Like a sale or a manufactured good, IT is responsible for managing and reporting on the cost, performance and planning process associated with delivering those products or services to the business. This is the IT Operating Model. This is how modern IT leaders manage their technology business.

Our TBM practice includes team members with deep experience and expertise in all facets of technology business management, including IT operations, IT finance, IT business alignment and IT change management.

Service Integration and Automation

With a long history of providing service integration and automation solutions to customers, including 'enterprise application integration', workflow automation and even supply chain integration, Avantage continues to provide leadership in delivering practical solutions that offer specific and measurable business returns.

Governance, Risk and Compliance Management

The Avantage Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) practice brings the right blend of experience, expertise, tools and approach to focus on practical outcomes, whether they be financial performance, productivity or market agility. Our approach avoids simple checklists and risk audits and rather focuses on the end-state. Our approach focuses on optimal execution and alignment to strategy, within the context of governance, risk and compliance, which is the most effective way to establish long-term business benefit.

Enterprise Service Management

At Avantage we believe that everything should be treated as though it is a service. We believe that when you start to think about processes, workflow and activities as being services that must necessarily deliver value, have a cost to deliver, have 'customers' and even have 'suppliers', you can then constructively seek to enhance your service portfolio through increased efficiency, throughput, capacity, decreased cost, increased 'service margin' and even decreased risk.