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Mannheim, 15.05.2016
The best consulting companies 2016 in Germany - TCI is one of them.

Some days ago the results of the sector reports over 15,000 consultancies in Germany were published by the...

The best consulting companies 2016 in Germany - TCI is one of them.

Some days ago the results of the sector reports over 15,000 consultancies in Germany were published by the business magazine brand eins. TCI is represented in the rankings of the best business consultant.

Supported by the leading polling and statistics Business Statista 1,400 partners and project manager of consulting companies and 1,300 executives of companies were surveyed, with which consultancy firms they work and which companies they would recommend.

TCI is among the best - after 2014 and 2015, 2016 ...

Munich, 02.10.2015
Successful Business Transformation by determining „Digital Readiness“

New Developments in technology such as Big Data or Cloud Computing do not only offer opportunities to optimize business...

Successful Business Transformation by determining „Digital Readiness“

New Developments in technology such as Big Data or Cloud Computing do not only offer opportunities to optimize business processes, they also make it possible to build new business models. By doing an analysis of a company’s „Digital Readiness“ the respective opportunities and impacts can be identified. It helps companies to recognize the key levers and to prioritize. Due to the variety of developments prioritization and focus is a key success factor.

Everyone is talking about digital transformation or in short “digitalization”. The Federal Government of Germany has picked-up this topic in its high-tech strategy. Before starting the transformation it is important to identify the achievable potential and to evaluate the deriving activities according to the impact on business. The analysis of „digital readiness“ is a useful complement to the portfolio of TCI, which is focusing on providing implementation support in the areas of Business and ICT Transformation as well as Project and Change Management.

There is a trend called „consumerization of IT“, which is important to be understood in this context. It basically means that technological trends in IT and Internet are used first by consumers and then are transferred to business processes (e.g. „bring-your-own-device“, social networks, chats, blogs, …). The drivers of IT innovations move from enterprises to consumers.

There are high expectations towards “digital transformation”, that IT will not only be used in a different way and more effectively. It is rather about designing new digital business models which can be successfully implemented and launched to the market. Take “predictive maintenance” for machines in production as an example: A lot of machine parameters are collected and transferred through a secure channel via the internet. If an application incorporating machine learning algorithms is detecting a state that threatens the machine to break, the maintenance teams can immediately visit the customer site and fix the machine before that happens. This will increase the operation time of machines, and therefore reduce production costs.

There is a prerequisite for successful transformation planning and implementation. This is a procedure that takes a holistic view at the customers’ business, before it identifies the relevant areas of action.

Within the TCI network of consultants we developed an approach to digital transformation which can also be applied as a “quick check”. Beyond the generic topics (vision, mission, targets, SWOT and the competitive environment) we look particularly at the “customer journey” - an important part of a success customer experience management - i.e. the contact points of a customer on its way to select and buy a particular product of a company. From that the relevant potential for a digital transformation can be identified. An ensuing modelling of the company through a capability model and the respective degree of digitalization supports the identification of concrete areas of action.

michael.groezinger@tci-partners.com

Munich, 01.10.2015
TCI and Strange Consult - a strong partnership for transformation projects

The financial sector (with banks, insurance companies and financial service providers) is - due to its transformation...

TCI and Strange Consult - a strong partnership for transformation projects

The financial sector (with banks, insurance companies and financial service providers) is - due to its transformation potential - an important market for high profile consulting and implementation services. TCI’s new cooperation partner Strange Consult, now also a member of TCI group, is complementing TCI’s transformation support capabilities by provisioning strong financial services expertise.

Actually Strange Consult is running some ten projects at diverse financial market customers, with a project duration up to three years, covering subject areas like

- Compliance, Risk & Security

- Sales Optimization and Control

- Strategic Positioning

- Integration & Migration

In partnership with strangeIT we are now able to approach the financial sector with a broader range of industry-specific capabilities. And we are already working together on further acquisitions in this sector.

michael.rohde@tci-partners.com

wolfgang.schnober@tci-partners.com

, 05.06.2015
Variant Configuration for Automotive Manufacturer

Variant configuration at an automotive manufacturer is essential and crucial - especially if the variant configuration...

Variant Configuration for Automotive Manufacturer

Variant configuration at an automotive manufacturer is essential and crucial - especially if the variant configuration needs an upgrade. Data, methods, processes and IT-systems are affected by such a transformation, which TCI partners did accompany for several years.

Several host based variant configuration systems had to be replaced by a modern application. Within this reorganization also the logic was expected to be optimized and the possibility to use the data within other applications to be improved.

The project scope was determined by a pre-study. It was decided to implement the application based on a SAP application server. This was due to the technological advantages of the SAP system and the integration into the SAP based product data management.

In a first small realization step the master data for vehicles and special equipment were developed in the new application. The second step focussed on the variant configuration rules like serial equipment, constraints, exclusions, packages and their scheduling.

The new application was well accepted, so an additional business unit contacted the project to integrate their excel based variant configuration rules into the application. After a functional enhancement to maintain an additional level of rules, it was possible to maintain country specific rules within the application.

In order to distribute the data a new modern master data hub has been realized, which made it possible to integrate several target systems.

The last implementation step was to develop an enhancement for sales rules. Following the implementation and migration phase an additional host application - where these rules are managed up to now - will be replaced.

The advantages of the solution are a faster maintenance of the rules, a better transparency of rules within the multilevel rule base and the good possibility to distribute the data.

TCI partner Patrick Müller acted as an advisor to the customer during the pre-study. He specified the application for rules as well as the country specific rules together with other consultants and did recently lead the conception of sales rules as project lead and consultant.

Wien, 26.05.2015
The diversity of TCI security projects

The problems might differ from client to client and as a result different projects develop. The following examples give...

The diversity of TCI security projects

The problems might differ from client to client and as a result different projects develop. The following examples give an insight on the various challenges that our clients have to deal with.

Case 1: IT Audit of a Webportal (Healthcare)

Our client has decided to offer internationally medical analysis as a service via a web portal. Based on real data provided by clients it is possible to determine the likeliest disease of new patients. It is not only the medical data of clients, but also the analysis is very important, so it is crucial to protect it.

Finding weak points within the newly developed web application was the goal of this examination and afterwards making proposals in order to diminish the risks.

We identified four main groups to be taken into account:

Case 2: IT-Audit of backup and restore

Backup and restore of data are provided by our client. Multiple incidents in this service was the trigger of this audit, of which the clients had to be informed. That led to the loss of trust.

The goal was to find out whether the currently carried out data backup are according to „the state of the art“ and whether they meet the client’s requirements. The entire environment of those services was closely looked at, as well as the used technologies and organizational and technical security measures were analyzed and adequate recommendations for improvements were elaborated.

Case 3: detection and control of the compliance requirements of a bank


Our client has the challenge to capture all relevant compliance requirements in the field of IT within its global organization and has to sign and monitor agreements with all external service providers. It should be noted that the Bank shall be liable as principal for the violations of its service providers. Trigger of the project was the fact that this could not be guaranteed.  Supplementary changes in the service contracts led to higher costs because these were additionally charged by the service providers.
Within the project, the conditions are currently being created to cover all compliance requirements. A specially developed software for contract management is to ensure the result that these requirements are taken into account in contracts with service providers.

Mannheim, 01.05.2015
Management consulting survey 2015 - TCI is one of the best

2015, the renowned German business magazine 'brandeins' presented the results of a comprehensive industry...

Management consulting survey 2015 - TCI is one of the best

2015, the renowned German business magazine 'brandeins' presented the results of a comprehensive industry report on management consultancy firms. TCI has been included in the list of „Best Consultants 2015“ in Germany.

Supported by Statista, a leading polling and statistics services company, over 15.000 companies have been surveyed. They were asked which consulting firms they cooperate with and how satisfied they are with the quality of the consulting services delivered. 1.400 partners and project managers of consulting firms and 1.300 executives of customers were asked which companies they would recommend.

TCI is one of the best - again...

Mannheim, 01.03.2014
TCI - One of the best consulting companies in Germany

The renowned German business magazine 'brandeins' presented in a special edition the results of the first...

TCI - One of the best consulting companies in Germany

The renowned German business magazine 'brandeins' presented in a special edition the results of the first comprehensive industry report on management consultancy firms. TCI has been included in the list of „Best Consultants 2014“ in Germany.

Supported by Statista, a leading polling and statistics services company, over 1,500 companies have been surveyed. They were asked which consulting firms they cooperate with and how satisfied they are with the quality of the consulting services delivered. In addition, experts (partners and project managers of consulting firms) were asked which companies they would recommend.

The result is a „List of the Best“, comprising in total 276 consultancy firms (out of some 15,000 registered in Germany). They were evaluated in 13 industry groups and 14 work areas from strategy development to operations management. TCI was particularly mentioned in three areas of work, together with 20-25 other consulting firms. Just less than 20 firms were recognized in even more areas.

This shows we are getting more and more recognized in the market. With the quality and spectrum of our expertise, but also with our distinct network approach that allows us to act not only as individual fighters , but also to tackle larger projects together in joint responsibility.

It is Important to know that one only gets listed in an industry or in a work area if at least 10 customers nominations have been made. In this regard we succeeded in the industry of Technology & Telecommunications as well as in the following areas:

• IT strategy ( ... how new technologies can be harnessed, Big Data, Cloud, Mobile Devices, Social Media, Internet of Things, Smart Objects, Industry 4.0 ... )

• IT implementation ( ... how to implement good ideas technically sound, how to communicate well and understandable, which goals can be reached and which cannot… )

• Operations Management ( ... expertise to adapt internal processes, implementation of new processes, standardization - but also the ability to anchor changes in the organization and keep the management covered ... )

Of course, we are also working in other fields such as organizational and personnel development and other sectors such as engineering or banks. But obviously we did it in a particularly effective and noticeable way in the field mentioned above.

We want to use this occasion to thank our customers who have given us their confidence in many projects in the past 8 years- and also for expressing their satisfaction with the performance of our consultants via this poll. For TCI this is a motivation to further strengthen our market presence and brand and to go on addressing customer challenges with confidence and the will to succeed.

Thanks also to our consultants who have made this positive perception come true by their great performance under the flag of TCI. We are looking forward to continuing this success with our well positioned network of consultants and experts.

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