We are independent. What does that mean? (or to put it another way, So What?!)
We are not wedded to the technology. We don't sell the software - so we can be relatively detached in forming our opinions about the relative merits of the different applications available, and how they are (or are not) best suited to meeting your organisation's needs. We are business focused, not technology focused. For us, the system is there only to support a business need - it sounds obvious, but it is right at the core of the way we think.
We do, of course, have a very good, long-standing deep working relationship with Oracle (and Hyperion before that) - we know many of the people who sell and support the software in the UK, and also many of those who design, develop and market it in the US.
But ultimately, they understand as well as we do that our primary responsibility is to you, our client, to ensure that you get the best out of the technology. Sometimes that means we'll advise against the use of particular piece of software or, at least, maybe the latest version of it. We do this based on our expertise and experience - we're confident enough that we can retain the respect of all parties if we do this well, and for the right reasons.
Equally, we have no specific ties to any of the major consultancy vendors or other resource suppliers. We do not seek to 'land and expand' - we don't have enough people to fill all the roles in a full programme of work - but for us, it's not about volume, it's about targetted expertise.
That means we are not constantly in 'sales mode' behind all our advice. We work with whoever you choose to use to supply your resourcing needs - but we retain the right to advise you directly at all times and to say what we think about the appropriateness and quality of any advice, and individual resources, that you receive from others.
Again, we have a wide network of contacts in most of the major suppliers, and have worked with many of them in the past - so we can, if you need it, help you to find the right partners to work with. But as with the Software Vendors, we expect and advise you to have direct commercial and operational relationships with each party, rather than having us (or them) act as middle-men.
If it sounds like we're speaking your language, Please contact Nigel Dahl through LinkedIn using the button below, or call him now on +44 (0)7799 664165.
Managing Director of epmgurus, brings 30 years of diverse experience to bear in helping organisations and teams through change – of size, structure, systems, management or ownership.
Nigel has run, advised, supported or worked with Finance functions from one-person operations up to globally dispersed Finance departments of several thousand people. He knows what good (and bad!) looks like.
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