Here’s what we’ve been up to
Celebrating our most successful year to date!
The past year has been an exciting and rewarding one for us. Not only have we seen our family grow, almost doubling in the past 12 months, but we have also had our most successful year to date, having increased turnover by 50 per cent on 2016.
Our unique approach
This is due to the stellar work of our team, who have undertaken 75 separate client commissions over the past year. Our unique approach to delivering business change through technology has been key to this success. We’ve also invested heavily in our recruitment and operational systems, including this new website that you are currently enjoying!
Leading the way
Over recent years we have led the way on many successful landmark projects. These have included working with Birmingham Airport to design and implement their new portfolio management office, transforming the Library of Birmingham’s IT systems and organisational structure and most recently delivering a major IT transformation programme with Cherwell and South Northamptonshire District Councils.
Investing in our team
Despite our recent successes, we’re not stopping there. Over the upcoming year, we intend to continue our trend of steady employee growth. This means we’ll be making key appointments throughout the business. Our people are the fundamental aspect of each and every project, and we intend to continue investing in our employees and developing our skills.
Reflecting on success
Our Principal Consultant, Eman Al-Hillawi, reflects on the last year:
“Our people are at the very heart of every successful change management programme we deliver. And for our clients, our blended team approach allows us to influence culture change by identifying skills and upskilling their staff to facilitate business transformation.”
Principal Consultant Peter Marsden said:
“Over the last year we’ve made a focused effort to develop our team – which has been led by the growing desire for our clients to remain at the top of their game through IT and business change. Much like our own business, entrepreneurial spirit runs through the very fabric of the local business community and adapting to change is very much at the top of the agenda for enterprises.
“Our constant quest to achieve the best possible results has led to a fantastic year for us and we’ve been extremely fortunate to have longstanding clients.
The hard work from our teams internally, the relationships we have with clients, as well as our strong values has been our recipe for success this year. We intend to continue investing in employee growth and development to attract and maintain the best talent.”
We would like to thank our clients, both old and new for their support. Here’s to many more successful years ahead.
New contract win
We’ve been included as one of the technology consultancy framework suppliers to Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council (CDC/SNC). We’re very excited to continue our relationship with both councils across this four-year framework programme.
We prepared a strong response to the bid. As a result, our long-term local government experience combined with our unique ‘blended team’ approach meant that we offered strong levels of engagement. Our commitment to CDC/SNC will be at the highest level and we can’t wait to continue supporting them.
This contract will build on our previous two-year relationship with the councils. During this time we’ve supported their programme to transform ICT services. The scope of the framework contract covers both Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. It will ensure a range of services can be engaged to support future changes across both counties.
The sweetest hello!
My introduction to Entec Si has been a cheery whirlwind of activity during my first three days!
There already seems to be a strong theme amongst the people I have met so far with: chocolate, biscuits, cake and sugar in general – what’s not to like? Hence it is only right and proper that I keep the confectionary theme going…
Alpha Works, Birmingham, entailed the most organised and detailed induction of my 20+ year career history. This was combined with what I now know is the infamous ‘Dave Fisher pastry collection’. The whole experience was out of this Milkyway, Galaxy and indeed Mars!
Meeting (or hobnobbing with) the awesome Birmingham Airport team. I got to say a temporary goodbye to Vicky on her last day before commencement of her maternity leave.
Meg’s energetic introduction to the Entec Si behaviours and values combined with a brief Time Out to peruse her Bounty of biscuits.
Looking forward to meeting the rest of the team in the very near future when they return from their Turkish Delight holidays (sorry I’m clutching at Sherbert Straws now!), with many happy days to come.
Meet the Programme Managers
As Programme Managers we work closely with our clients to deliver strategic business outcomes. Central to this is the way we enable, lead and develop a blended Programme culture. This requires a keen eye and the ability to focus on all elements of a Programme. It’s an approach that achieves success and leads to results that we’re all proud of, especially our clients.
Programme managers at work
Throughout a Programme we never lose sight of the outcomes that are defined by our client at the outset. It’s important to us that we listen carefully and really understand what they want and need.
We work closely with clients to develop teams that can drive change forwards. In order to do this we look at the complete picture, including people, organisation, processes, technology and infrastructure.
Going on a journey
Key elements to the success of any Programme are ownership, clarity of goals and realising the benefits of change. We appreciate that we have to take our clients on a journey in order to achieve these. As a result we build strong relationships that enable a Programme to reach its greatest potential.
People make change
Change and people are intrinsically linked. Basically one cannot happen without the other. Without doubt our mantra is to develop trust and maintain great relationships with all parties involved in the change journey. We love knowing that a successful Programme is a job well done, and that our clients are happy with the outcomes.
My first month
If the dizzying heights of Alpha Tower weren’t enough, my first month at Entec Si has been a whirlwind of learning and new experiences. From training in the office to my first day on-site, it’s been an exciting month!
A great start
First days are usually a thing of dread, but going into the unknown has never been so friendly. Training focused upon me becoming part of the Entec family. This included an interactive session on core values and getting to grips with my new tech. The week followed a similar pattern, intertwining learning and doing, and involved a variety of interesting tasks.
Making big steps
The Entec Si team had no problems answering my questions and helping to progress my development. Within a short period of time, I had already released my first bit of work for Entec Si – a tweet! Although small, this felt mighty and was a big step in my new role.
Another exciting step was my first visit to a client site, however this ran smoothly with the help of the Entec Si team. It was an invaluable experience and a productive day that helped me understand in more detail what the team does.
Overall, my first month at Entec Si has been both an overwhelming but enjoyable experience. I have felt welcomed and supported and couldn’t have asked for more from my new team.
Meet the Analysis Practice, which comprises our Business Analysts and Data Analysts. Our role varies from client to client and project to project. Put simply, it’s our job to understand, capture and communicate the facts of a project. Getting to grips with the facts could mean looking at the processes people follow, the data they rely on, the systems and tools in use or a combination of all these things.
Our main responsibility is to develop an understanding of a client’s operation. This enables us to uncover the root cause of an issue or realise benefits. With this understanding, we build a set of clear requirements. In order to achieve this we use a range of techniques including: workshops, interviews, observation and process or data modelling.
To be successful as analysts, it is important that we bring a variety of skills. Many of these are softer skills:
- Problem solving
- Strategic thinking
- Technical writing
- Public speaking
- Team building
- People skills
- Clear and logical thinking
Delivering the right solution
We contribute to the success of a project by developing an understanding of a problem and helping to uncover potential solutions. Through collaboration with teams we’re able to effectively manage expectations. As a result we play a large part in ensuring that the right system is delivered for a client.
The brain of the project
Business analysis is an umbrella term. It includes very practical work, such as illustrating the outcomes of an organisation. On the other hand, it can consist of detailed process mapping or the modelling of a data flow. Even some of the more consultative elements, for example strategic organisational design, can be regarded as business analysis. In a word, a Business Analyst can be seen as the “brain” of a project. Just don’t tell the project managers we said that!
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