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  • Strategy

    Digital Strategy – Social Media Introduction

     In this article we take a look at the social media channel options that are available to your organisation and provide some guidance on their application. This should be read in conjunction with our earlier blog post entitled ‘Digital Strategy’ as any social media initiative should form part of an overall business and digital strategy. Our standard note here is that in the constraints of a short article we can only provide a brief overview and we recommend that you contact us directly at Korolit for further details, and an approach more aligned to the needs of your own organisation. What do we want to achieve? You need to have…

  • Strategy

    Digital Strategy – The role of the CIO and CMO

    In this article, and as a follow-on from the original digital strategy article, we take a look at the impact of digital transformation on the roles of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). We also discuss and propose some changes to help leverage the challenges (e.g. Big Data) and opportunities that are being presented. This is a large and complex topic so please contact us at Korolit for further information at enquiries@korolit.com, call us on +44 (0) 333 444 8944 or fill in the contact form at www.korolit.com. Introduction Gartner recently reported that many companies are investing up to 12.5% of their total marketing budgets on digital…

  • Business Development

    Transformation and finding the budget to fund it!

    Larger corporations have, and even during the recent market downturn, have had the financial scale to support internal teams focused on strategy and transformation. For the really big decisions such as an outsource of services they can also go to independent consultancies for additional guidance and to assist in any transition of services etc.  Below this level most businesses and not-for-profit organisations are fully aware of the benefits but simply cannot afford to maintain in-house expertise or fund external consultancy to assess and drive change. Probably their only source of guidance comes from the System Integrators (SI) and Managed Service Providers (MSP’s). To be blunt this is pretty much like going…

  • Strategy

    What is a ‘Digital Strategy’?

    After a steady stream of new IT buzzwords such as Virtualization, Big Data, BYOD, Analytics and Cloud many people probably didn’t pay much attention to one new term that has recently been added. ‘Digital’ is possibly the most significant thing to hit IT in many years. This blog provides a very brief overview on what is a very large and important topic. More than 50% of business executives from companies with a turnover of more than $250M apparently state that they have a Digital Strategy in place. Interestingly, If you do a Google search on either Digital Strategy or Digital Transformation you will get back many different definitions and approaches…

  • Managed Services

    How to get someone to run your IT services

    Introduction Many companies have their IT systems based in the building somewhere with a dedicated team of in-house people to look after them. In many cases these systems have been gradually added to or amended over the years in line with new requirements or to address problems. These systems may be the source of frustration for various users in the business for one or more of the following reasons: They are not documented hence the business relies on a few key people who know how to use them  Data is not entered consistently and records have varying content, gaps and inaccuracies  Different systems seem to do the same thing  They…

  • Strategy

    Handshake or Dial-In?

    It’s a powerful example of the importance of using the right approach in meeting people. Obama could have chosen to just phone, or perhaps invite New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to a video call to discuss the impact of Hurricane Sandy at the end of last year. Instead he chose to go directly over and meet Chris, take a tour of the impacted areas at Atlantic City and offer any help he could. The result was a heck of a lot of very public praise for Obama from a senior politician from an opposing party during an election.I’m not suggesting that Obama doesn’t support virtual meetings and I fully expect…

  • Strategy

    Building the Case for Change

    In ‘Successful Projects’ we talked about Outcomes as a key factor in scoping, managing and determining the success of any project. There were also some guidelines on how to get off to a good start. In the case of a broader more business focused change we need to pull together a clear and compelling Business Case and Business Plan to get support and funding agreed. This article provides a basic primer on how to create a Business Case & Plan but we strongly suggest you seek guidance before starting work on  a case or plan. Korolit has considerable experience and expertise in working with companies to develop Business Case and Plans and…

  • Managed Services

    Successful Projects

    It’s a painful reality that projects frequently fail to achieve all the expectations set for them, and in some cases fail entirely. In this article we will take a look at some of the issues but our focus is very much on how to set up and manage projects successfully. In this article we’re also going to save you a lot of time as if you type ‘project failure’ as a search on Google it will return 137,000,000 responses and for ‘Project Success’ 308,000,000 responses. To keep things simple we provided our overview under the following headings: What is a project Project Outcomes Plan Budget  What is a project? If…

  • Strategy

    Cloud Basics For Business Leaders

    On our website (www.korolit.com) we talk about the high level of jargon it IT. No-one is going to try to stand their ground and argue that were great at explaining IT in simple terms to people who just want to use it to do a job better, faster and to get competitive benefits. We’re particularly good at overcomplicating stuff and creating a never ending stream of new buzz words. Currently, and alongside Virtualization, Cloud and BYOD you will probably be seeing, and perhaps having, many conversations around at least one of these topics: Crowdfund/Crowdsource Synergize Freemium Osmosis marketing Digital nomads Big data Social looping Gamification Retail curation Network virtualization Consumerization…

  • Strategy

    Think mobile!

    The world live in is moving forward at an astonishing pace and this is particularly evident in the changes taking place in mobility as we break free  of the constraints imposed by the traditional office workstation or home PC and make use of progressively more powerful mobile devices,  more sophisticated applications, improvements to cellular bandwidth and wireless technologies.  It is just incredible to realise that around 128 million tablet devices were shipped in 2012, more than double that of 2011 with an expected 190 million projected this year alongside 900 million smartphones. By 2017, IDC predicts that over 350 million tablets will be sold per year, closing the gap on the…

  • Communication

    Update on the Blog, website etc.

    For many years larger organisations that could afford it have benefited from their ability to employ people who can provide strategic and in depth guidance on strategy, performance reviews and in guiding on significant decisions such as outsourcing. They have also been able to pay considerable costs to fund independent consultancy exercises to help them leverage IT more effectively by adopting beneficial solutions and driving better deals with their service providers. We set up Korolit just over a month ago to provide this service to smaller businesses and organisations that need the same quality of guidance but cannot afford to carry the salary costs for a Chief Information Officer (CIO), IT…

  • Strategy

    It’s time for you to take a serious look at the Cloud

    For years IT outsourcing was the preferred model for large corporations who wanted to contain IT spend and focus on their core business. Outsourcing contracts were negotiated, new technology implemented and IT staff were moved across to the outsourcing partner through TUPE arrangements. The main issue with Outsourcing was that it was largely limited to large organizations as the costs of migrating and running smaller scale IT operations were difficult to balance against any projected cost savings. The staggering prediction is that the SMB market alone will reach $100B by 2014. The conclusion is that market for public cloud infrastructure, platforms and applications is large and growing much more quickly…

  • Strategy

    Service Oriented Architectures

    Over the past year there has been acceleration in the level of interest in service-centric IT architectures, with IT service management (ITSM) and service-oriented architecture (SOA) attracting of lot of attention by CIO’s. In this article I’m going to explain what is driving this interest, what SOA actually is and why all organisations should have this front and centre in their IT strategies. In today’s marketplace customers are demanding much higher levels of operational service across vastly extended longer service windows, and at a lower price points both from their internal IT departments and contracted suppliers! The old school tolerance acceptance levels for IT defects are also being re-shaped as companies…

  • Strategy

    Key Themes For CIO’s

    This is the very first article for Kolorit and hence were choosing a very relevant topic that will be somewhere on the list of ToDo’s of most if not all CIO’s at the moment. The following four topics are represented in various guises from all the leading research organisations including Gartner, Forester and IDC and our particular views are outlined below. If you would more information please feel free to contact us directly. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) It doesn’t matter what your position is re BYOD it is an inevitability, sooner or later you will have to provide support to users who want to connect a variety of their…