Accelerating the decision making process by creating a supportive team that parallels the interested parties.
Explores multiple options.
Supports strategy with data, capital, and life cycle budgets that allow for an informed decision.
Using clear steps to execute the strategy.
Helping business executives and public leaders leverage technology in today’s competitive market.
Customizing the Request for Proposal to fit new complex technology.
Ensuring what has been purchased is installed seamlessly.
Large businesses and government agencies have a mixture of Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) and Voice over IP (VoIP) technologies, which have been complicated by mobility.
Z Consulting can help clients with appropriate solutions by examining:
Business leaders are challenged with providing access to the applications in the Cloud. Wide Area Networks (“WAN”) have traditionally provided site-to-site connectivity using point-to-point, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), fiber, wireless, Long Term Evolution (LTE), and satellite. Examination of new WAN strategies is necessary, as the need for secure and high available access to critical applications grows. Z Consulting can help in determining the best alternatives for individual clients.
The need for nationwide public safety communications for voice, video and data applications has exploded post 9/11 tragedy. There are numerous programs to facilitate local, tribal and state agencies to cooperate and work with the federal government so that the information can easily flow between the entities.
One such program was enacted into law on February 22, 2012. This legislation created the “First Responder Network Authority,” (FRNA) referred to as FirstNet, as an independent authority established within the National Technology Information Administration (NTIA). FirstNet will ensure the establishment of a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network.
Z Consulting can aid local and state agencies to better understand options that will work in various environments.
Business leaders can make better decisions about insourcing & outsourcing when they know the true cost of a given service. Large businesses and government agencies have an internal IT organization that operates either on a cost recovery basis or is funded by general funds. Departments usually complain about the rates charged for network and telecom services.
Z Consulting Group can assist in understanding cost and rate structure using the following step-by-step process:
Lines of Business analysis involving all costs and funding sources for voice, LAN, WAN, wireless, IPTV, and computing products and services.
Most businesses and government agencies sign three to seven-year contracts for telephone circuits and wide area networking services. Benchmarking with peer institutions and market is necessary to insure that these contracts remain competitive year-to-year.
Z Consulting can conduct a competitive price assurance Benchmark Analysis and provide an answer to the question, “Is this a good market price for the services being provided by the contracted service provider?”
With increased mergers and acquisitions, service providers’ billing systems may not reflect the contracted versus the invoice pricing.
The Circuit Analysis Process can accomplish the following:
Most businesses follow standard Request for Proposal process that is not customized to buy today’s complex technologies. Procurement practices, especially in the government sector, are complex. Z Consulting’s Request for Proposal (RFP) process incorporates specific steps for a fair evaluation. It limits the possibility of protest and addresses the total cost of ownership for IT products and services.
Some of these steps are:
Build technology alternatives that represent the total cost of ownership, including:
Most businesses follow standard Request for Proposal process that is not customized to buy today’s complex technologies. Procurement practices, especially in the government sector, are complex.
Z Consulting’s Request for Proposal (RFP) process incorporates specific steps for a fair evaluation. It limits the possibility of protest and addresses the total cost of ownership for IT products and services.
Some of these steps are:
Build technology alternatives that represent the total cost of ownership including:
Ensuring what has been purchased and if it ever gets installed is a big challenge.
Z Consulting’s approach uses the following implementation steps: