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Technology and Operations

June 2020: HOW CAN YOUR BUSINESS BENEFIT FROM A FRACTIONAL LEADER?

By | Business Consulting, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Strategy, Technology and Operations

HOW CAN YOUR BUSINESS BENEFIT FROM A FRACTIONAL LEADER?

And steps to find the right firm. 

For those not familiar with the concept of fractional leadership, it is an efficient and cost-effective model for businesses to outsource functions when they do not have the expertise in-house or are going through a transition. This form of leadership offers an objective perspective and can guide businesses when faced with challenging decisions. Their role is to become a trusted advisor, lead through change, and offer unbiased advice.

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May 2020: RETURN TO WORK STRATEGIES

By | Business Consulting, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Strategy, Technology and Operations

RETURN TO WORK STRATEGIES – How to navigate and protect your business for a smooth transition.

 As Virginia starts a phased reopening by easing “stay at home restrictions,” businesses need a well-thought-out transition plan.  Your plan should take into consideration not only your employees’ and customers’ health and safety, but also fiscal stability, strategic direction, and technology. This multi-layered plan must address regulations, the environment, and internal communications as well as the emotional well-being of your employees. Flexibility is critical, and your business will need to be positioned to respond to a changing landscape as the situation evolves.

When devising your plan, consider these pieces of advice from our team in the 4 areas we serve our clients.

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January 2020: Protect your Business – Actively Manage your Technology

By | Technology and Operations

Author: David Nelms

Technology is a double-edged sword. It makes businesses more efficient and can also make them vulnerable. The technology used by businesses can unknowingly expose them to issues that could result in lost revenues, productivity, or financial penalties (to name a few). This is why it is critical to understand the potential risks your business might face and create a plan to protect yourself. While it is impossible to avoid all threats, precautionary measures can be taken to mitigate potential harm. No organization should feel like they are constantly reacting to the most recent issue or breach.

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February 2019 Newsletter: How to best leverage your Managed Service Provider

By | Technology and Operations

It is critical for organizations to maintain their operating systems’ functionality to ensure they continue to meet their business needs. Many companies look to external vendor partners to support and maintain these systems. These vendors are often referred to as Managed Service Providers, or MSPs. They offer a wide range of services, and expertise at various costs.

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July 2018 Newsletter

By | Family Businesses, Technology and Operations

Valuable technology tips for your business

Technology can be a competitive differentiator, but the constantly evolving world of technology is challenging to navigate for businesses.   Growing businesses evaluating technological support want to ensure they get appropriate value, maintain efficiencies, and stay ahead of the curve. Finding the right software and systems to best suit these rapidly changing demands, is often the key to success.

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Turn Your Technology and Operations into a Competitive Advantage

By | Family Businesses, Technology and Operations

David Cropped

Contributor: David Nelms

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Technology can be your hidden competitive advantage. Warren Whitney’s Technology and Operations Practice Group outlines six fundamental recommendations below to ensure that your technology is appropriately aligned with your business strategy, operates as efficiently as possible, and is ready to support future growth. We offer a high-spot technology assessment to help you identify ways to ensure your technology is supporting and strengthening your operations.

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Technology & Operations Services Overview

By | Family Businesses, Nonprofit, Technology and Operations

Organizations need efficient business processes and robust technologies to remain competitive. Warren Whitney provides a variety of fractional and project based management services to help businesses improve operational efficiency, adapt to industry changes, and prepare for continued growth. Our professionals typically assist clients with strategic needs, but we can also roll up our sleeves and help drive tactics once the strategies are in place. Examples of services we provide are:

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Technology Is The Easy Part, or It Should Be…

By | Family Businesses, Technology and Operations

David Cropped

Contributor: David Nelms

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The following is a paraphrase of conversations I’ve had with several business owners and CFO’s recently. Does some or all of this apply to you and your business?

“My business is growing. The software we use is outdated, and the vendor we use doesn’t support it well anymore. We use a lot of Excel spreadsheets, but they are increasingly difficult to keep up with and are causing us a lot of problems. I’m having a hard time getting the information I need to manage the business. I know I need better tools and a more current system, but I don’t know where to start or how to find what we need. What do I do?“

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Warren Whitney Announces Merger

By | Technology and Operations

CONVERGENT BUSINESS SOLUTIONS MERGES WITH WARREN WHITNEY

 

Richmond, VA – Through a merger with Convergent Business Solutions (CBS), Warren Whitney has expanded its practice areas to include Technology consulting services.  David Nelms, owner of CBS, will lead the Technology practice.

Since 2009, CBS has provided information technology consulting and contract Chief Information Officer and Chief Operating Officer services for mid-sized organizations.  The firm focuses on higher-level strategy that integrates technology and operations within the business thereby improving operating decision-making and efficiency.

Warren Whitney pioneered the concept of as-needed senior-level leadership.  For more than 26 years the firm has served privately held and nonprofit organizations in the areas of finance and accounting, human resources, and sales and marketing.   Strategic planning, board governance and executive searches are available to clients on a consulting project basis.

According to Scott Warren, co-founder of Warren Whitney, “David has built his technology firm in a model that parallels Warren Whitney’s.  We have collaborated with him on a number of clients that require technology and operations strategy.  Our professionals often work across practice areas informally to address clients’ needs quickly and efficiently.  By joining forces, we will be able to do this for their technology and operations needs as well.”

Larry Gumprich, Chief Financial Officer for Integrated Global Services says, “Warren Whitney and CBS have worked seamlessly as a team for us for the last 7 months on an important revamping of our information systems.  The merger comes as no surprise.”

David Nelms adds, “I am excited for Convergent Business Solutions to be teaming up with Warren Whitney.  Both firms work with mid-sized organizations to help them address critical business challenges.  Our new alignment allows us to address all aspects of an organization’s needs.”

 

 

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