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React and Adapt: Why Organizations Need Agile Transformation

React and Adapt: Why Organizations Need Agile Transformation

Today’s business climate is rife with challenges, among them a rising competition for talent, upended supply chains—and as exemplified during the global pandemic—the need to rapidly shift product design to meet the ever-evolving demands and expectations of customers.

Organizations need transformative abilities grounded in faster, more agile ways of working in order to roll with, and not behind, the changing tides. Ultimately, this leads to becoming a more customer-focused organization instead of one mired in increasingly outdated processes. In other words, one that focuses on outcomes rather than output.

Understanding Business Agility

Agile transformation has become an industry buzz-term signaling market responsiveness and productivity. But what does such agility entail, really?

Broadly, it’s implementing a more iterative, collaborative, and transparent manner of getting things done, faster—from top-level decision-making and capital-expenditure alignments to product development and design. It removes traditional hierarchical roadblocks and drawn-out processes in favor of more innovative, data-driven decisions and actions.

This is especially imperative at the product level, where agile teams rely on shorter development sprints as opposed to longer cycles, and benefit from customer-feedback loops so they can frequently experiment, test, review, and revise without sacrificing quality.

Foremostly, and at all levels of the organization, the agile mindset takes customer needs into account all along the way. It continually asks these questions:

  • What are customers’ top pain points and how can we most quickly resolve them?
  • How can we make ourselves easier to do business with?
  • How can we empower our teams to best fulfill these essential objectives?

At the pandemic’s onset, many organizations realized the failures of monolithic systems and inflexible processes that thwarted their ability to shift gears speedily. Consider a financial institution unable to easily transition from largely in-person banking to 100-percent online banking, or the retailer that struggles to understand their customers and their purchasing habits/trends.

True agility means giving the customer what they need most, right now and in the most seamless manner.

Beyond CX and UX

In addition to intrinsically embracing a more customer-centric way of doing business, agile transformation requires:

  • Greater transparency of communications and decisions, ensuring both leaders and teams understand the “why,” and that management is privy to teams’ in-the-trenches insights
  • Development of robust strategies and backlogs that ensure common understanding
  • Provide people with greater latitude to experiment, fail, and learn from those mistakes
  • Creation of stronger leaders and teams through HR practices that prioritize employee satisfaction, skills development, and upward career paths

The latter point, in fact, is key for attaining and retaining a top-level workforce in today’s competitive business arena. In-demand IT talent are easily recruited away to greener pastures when not being provided with such support in their current capacities.

The bottom line is that, from top-level decisions to product design and customer journey maps to employee enrichment, agile thinking must inform the way all aspects of business are executed.

Redefining Your Organization In a Digital World

Consulting Solutions’ Agile + Product + Design Practice is created to help organizations move to a more agile way of working, whether the desire is to transform the entire organization or to begin by implementing agile strategies at the team level. For those already implementing agile, we can also help break anti-patterns to optimize results.

Organizations that adapt agile product and design principles are empowering themselves to deliver high-quality, impactful work to customers in a way that meets their most immediate needs. In our hyper-competitive, always-on world, customer-first will increasingly be core to the mission statements of tomorrow’s successful companies.

Consulting Solutions Announces Acquisition of iBridge Solutions

iBridge will be a standalone division of Consulting Solutions and will continue to focus on providing technology services and workforce solutions in the St. Louis, Missouri area

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — July 7, 2022 — Consulting Solutions, a portfolio company of White Wolf Capital (“White Wolf”), today announced the acquisition of iBridge Solutions, LLC (“iBridge”), an information technology consulting firm with over 20 years of experience supporting some of the nation’s largest companies, including a loyal base of blue-chip customers. iBridge is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

The addition of iBridge’s clientele and consulting talent will continue to strengthen Consulting Solutions’ market position as one of the fastest-growing providers of workforce solutions and consulting services in North America. iBridge will become a standalone division of Consulting Solutions and will continue to focus on providing value-added services in the St. Louis area in contract, contract to hire, direct-hire placement, and Statement of Work across a range of technologies.

“We are pleased to welcome the iBridge team into the Consulting Solutions family of companies,” said Corry Doyle, Managing Director of White Wolf Capital. “Like our other organizations, iBridge’s business model is customer-centric and based on providing exemplary IT consulting services and workforce solutions that enable digital transformation initiatives. We’re excited about this expansion to our team as well as the cultural synergies shared with iBridge.”

“iBridge’s superior services and commitment to its clients, consultants, and employees align closely with our own values,” said Michael Werblun, CEO of Consulting Solutions. “We look forward to the path ahead as we continue to grow our organization through strategic acquisitions of IT service organizations that share our principles and devotion to technology innovation and expertise. In turn, iBridge customers will have access to an even broader range of consultant talent and service offerings through our lineup of companies.”

“iBridge is proud to become part of the Consulting Solutions team and family of brands, which offer the same integrity and focus on customer satisfaction as our own organization,” said Craig Boren, Cofounder of iBridge. “We’re excited to better serve our long-time customers by providing broader services in partnership with the rest of the Consulting Solutions portfolio. We view this acquisition as a continuation of the iBridge story and the next chapter in our continual mission to raise the bar in terms of our consulting and service offerings dedicated to client success.”

About iBridge

iBridge was founded in 2000 to provide information technology staffing services to Fortune 1000 clients, rapidly developing a reputation as a well-established and respected IT staffing firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that can provide quality candidates who deliver hard-to-find skillsets and drive successful client outcomes. iBridge’s clients span numerous industries, including Consumer Products, Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail, and Government.

About Consulting Solutions

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Consulting Solutions (www.consultingsolutions.com) is a nationally recognized leader in technology solutions and services. Consulting Solutions’ key practice areas include Agile Development, Application Development, Advanced Analytics, Cloud & Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Delivery Leadership, and ERP. Our scalable engagement models—from individual technology consultants to strategic enterprise programs—enable clients to tap into world-class talent, expertise, and services to drive technology and enterprise transformation initiatives. Consulting Solutions was recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, the SIA Fastest-Growing Staffing Firms in the U.S. and SIA Largest Staffing Firms in the U.S. and was recognized as ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing for both Client and Talent Satisfaction.

About White Wolf

White Wolf is a private investment firm that began operations in late 2011 and is focused on making both direct and indirect investments in leading middle market companies located in North America. On the direct side, White Wolf seeks both private equity as well as private credit investment opportunities in companies with $20 million to $200 million in revenues and up to $20 million in EBITDA. Typical situations include management buyouts, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and investments for growth. Preferred industries include Manufacturing, Business Services, Government Services, Staffing, Security, Aerospace, and Defense. In addition to making direct investments in operating companies, White Wolf also looks to invest with other private fund managers as a limited partner. Targeted investment candidates are North American-focused private credit funds looking to raise $50 million to $500 million in assets under management, with a focus on the lower-middle and middle-market. For further information, please visit: www.whitewolfcapital.com.