Strategic Technology and Risk management
Large organisations dependency on their IT systems has grown exponentially with technology being extended from aiding back office efficiency to being embedded in customer facing delivery services. That transformation has brought enormous benefits but for many large organisations the speed of growth has led to unwieldy complexity. First August is helping organisations develop strategic technology and risk approaches designed to reduce complexity and risk and increase efficiency.
- For the partners of UK investment manager we perform a recurring ‘critical friends’ review. The review focuses on providing independent challenges and recommendations on the strategic direction of IT within the organisation.
- For a leisure industry client First August led an IT application selection process. Our work helped ensure that the selected applications met their individual requirements but also that there was system interoperability. We addressed issues including, security, scalability, mobile applications and considered the benefits of ‘buy vs build’. As the selected systems work effectively together based on common technology stacks portable to multiple devices.
- As part of oversight work at a global investment bank Andrew helped ensure that new systems and major changes were scrutinised for consistency with strategic goals such as systems rationalisation. Here, and at other clients, Andrew was an advocate of technical design authorities.