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downstreamUpside Technology Strategy Advisory Services


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downstreamUpside is a boutique technology strategy advisory business based in Mumbai, India. Our focus is on enterprise solutions including ERP, CRM, SCM, Cloud Computing and Enterprise Mobility.

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downstreamUpside Technology Strategy Advisory Services

  1. 1. downstreamUpside An Introduction Vikas Mujumdar Founder and Knowledge Worker [email_address] downstream upside: antithesis of instant gratification; requires vision and clarity of thought and purpose; recognizing it is the mark of a true leader; © 2011 downstreamUpside
  2. 2. Our Mission <ul><ul><li>To enable the effective and efficient use of technology to provide a measurable ROI to the business by increasing productivity and improving process efficiencies. </li></ul></ul>© 2011 downstreamUpside
  3. 3. Our Guiding Principles © 2011 downstreamUpside
  4. 4. Software Technology <ul><li>Software applications are integral to any business today. </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions help streamline your business process, whether it be production, supply chain, sales, customer relationship management or accounting. </li></ul><ul><li>New technologies like Cloud Computing offer you high-end infrastructure with small investments and without requiring in-house skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Phones and Tablets are enabling the enterprise go mobile. </li></ul>© 2011 downstreamUpside
  5. 5. Implementation Challenges <ul><li>Management and operations are not aware about how technology can help and may not be able to articulate their requirements completely. </li></ul><ul><li>The market is crowded with products, solutions and vendors that appear to offer the same features, functions and services. </li></ul><ul><li>Build versus Buy is now a more challenging decision. </li></ul><ul><li>Proprietary solutions are being challenged by open source solutions with lower costs. </li></ul><ul><li>Inefficient program management is inflating project costs and delaying implementation or time-to-market. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no ROI measurement to convince senior management of the effectiveness of the technology solution. </li></ul>© 2011 downstreamUpside
  6. 6. How can we help? <ul><li>We work with the management and operations team and facilitate the definition of the requirements of the technology program. </li></ul><ul><li>The process involves Joint Analysis Discussions (JAD) sessions, workshops to familiarize the business users with technology options and a requirements definition framework based on Use Cases and documentation templates. </li></ul><ul><li>The jointly authored Business Requirements Document (BRD) serves as a comprehensive and authoritative guide for the rest of the technology implementation program. </li></ul>© 2011 downstreamUpside
  7. 7. How can we help? <ul><li>Based on the business requirements and supported by our extensive research on technology developments and adoption trends we propose a technology strategy and an architectural blueprint for the business. </li></ul><ul><li>The blueprint defines the choice of software technology and platform, build-versus-buy mix and hardware and networking infrastructure requirements and the overall enterprise application architecture. </li></ul><ul><li>We will make a detailed presentation of the proposed strategy with an evaluation matrix based on cost-benefit analysis and other parameters to assist management in decision making. </li></ul>© 2011 downstreamUpside
  8. 8. How can we help? <ul><li>Defining the Request for Proposal (RFP) from a product or services vendor is very critical to receiving the right responses which will enable effective decision making. </li></ul><ul><li>We work with you to define RFPs across all the required products and services and also identify the best suited vendors for your requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>We will also assist in proposal management, responding to queries from vendors and ensuring that all vendors respond in a timely manner and with comprehensive and relevant information. </li></ul>© 2011 downstreamUpside
  9. 9. How can we help? <ul><li>We will collate and evaluate all responses to the RFPs across products and services vendors. </li></ul><ul><li>All the information received from the vendors will be summarized and presented to management in a comparative matrix mode, which will help management make a well-informed decision. </li></ul><ul><li>Our assessment and recommendations will also be provided, including a detailed evaluation of the effort, schedule and cost estimates provided. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on this assessment, the selected vendors will be called for detailed presentations on their solutions. We will work with you to evaluate the detailed solutions and help select the right product and services vendors. </li></ul>© 2011 downstreamUpside
  10. 10. How can we help? <ul><li>Once the products and services vendors have been selected we will ensure that they prepare detailed and structured project plans. </li></ul><ul><li>These plans will be reviewed for accuracy and practicability. </li></ul><ul><li>We will stay with you through the entire development and deployment cycle to ensure that the vendors deliver as per the requirements specifications and project plan. </li></ul><ul><li>We will also recommend and facilitate mid-course corrections if required, revisiting the requirements, architectural blueprints and project plans. </li></ul>© 2011 downstreamUpside
  11. 11. How can we help? <ul><li>No technology implementation is useful if not accepted by the end users. </li></ul><ul><li>We will work with the management team and the vendors to ensure a complete and structured knowledge transition before the vendors are released. </li></ul><ul><li>Thereafter, we can also assist with the implementation of a structured and automated Knowledge Management program to ensure knowledge retention and easy dissemination reducing the dependency on individuals. </li></ul>© 2011 downstreamUpside
  12. 12. Benefits of Engaging Us © 2011 downstreamUpside
  13. 13. Economics of Engaging Us A savings of 60% on cost over-runs © 2011 downstreamUpside
  14. 14. About Us <ul><li>downstreamUpside was started in October 2008 and has advised over ten clients across industries since, each one of them realizing a significant benefit in efficiency and productivity, along with direct cost savings on the implementation of technology programs. </li></ul><ul><li>The founder and Chief Knowledge Worker, Vikas Mujumdar, is an IT veteran with over 17 years of experience in delivery management, solution architecture and strategy, across blue-chip companies such as i-flex solutions and Merrill Lynch. He was the founding CTO at and also instrumental in defining the initial architecture for </li></ul><ul><li>With a young and dynamic research team, we stay abreast of technology developments and adoption trends, reading and analyzing information from many sources and distilling them into information products for businesses including whitepapers, research reports and workshops. </li></ul>© 2011 downstreamUpside
  15. 15. Thank you for your time! For more information: Please call Vikas Mujumdar on 98200 44097 or email him at [email_address] Copyright © 2011 downstreamUpside This document may not be redistributed in part or in whole in any form or manner without the express consent of the author. © 2011 downstreamUpside