Our clients are senior business and IT executives who value SMS’s bias-free, independent, and impact-oriented approach. Because we have no financial interest in downstream IT implementation or outsourcing services, SMS acts as an objective IT Navigator™. Our clients also value SMS’s recognized strengths in strategy, organization, and operations, as well as the broad strategic lens we apply to IT.
SMS’s IT expertise is concentrated in six critical areas:
We help clients leverage IT in their business-planning and innovation efforts and develop strategic IT architectures and road maps.
We help clients use IT to transform their value propositions, organizations, operations, and financial results.
We develop overall IT and business-process sourcing strategies and help clients select, make agreements with, and manage outsourcing and offshore units more effectively.
We help clients define the role and mission of their IT organization, design more effective organization structures, improve governance, and identify new people-and talent management practices. We also help new corporate leaders set agendas.
We partner with clients to delineate key IT-performance objectives and metrics and improve IT efficiency and effectiveness.
We utilize this framework to evaluate the full scope of IT’s activities—both strategically and from a business-value-added perspective—and help clients optimize their IT function.
Through our Platinion subsidiary, we bring considerable expertise to design and implementation management for business-critical architectures and concepts.
We are committed not only to our clients’ success but also to advancing the general practice of corporate IT. SMS is a member and steering patron of the Innovation Value Institute, a consortium of leading organizations from industry, academia, and the public sector that aims to develop an industry standard for managing IT for business value.
In addition, SMS is a research patron of and engaged in ongoing research with the MIT Sloan School of Management’s Center for Information Systems Research, which strives to build concepts and frameworks that help companies optimize their IT management in an increasingly dynamic business climate.