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Our McS consulting practice specializes in fast-tracking cutting edge, new innovations such as Cloud computing, Open Government and Social Innovation. These can be utilized by start-ups, providing them a unique invention to launch and grow their business, and it can also be leveraged by large organizations and governments. The essential ingredient is that rather than these being seperate, standalone topics, the critical point is how they overlap and enable one another. As the title suggests, Open Government is actually a form of Social Innovation. Canadian Federal Government research explains this, highlighting how Social Innovation is defined through this union, the sweet spot where business innovation overlaps with community innovation. However as their other report shows there isn't yet enough uptake or progress: "The report highlights the urgency of the social c... (more)

L5 - Solution Selling Enterprise Cloud Computing

Our sales consulting services help organizations adopt business transformation maturity programs to improve their selling effectiveness. This includes adopting it internally and also incorporating it into client solution programs. Level 5 Solution Selling integrates i) Solution Selling, the sales best practice developed by Mike Bosworth, which improves the skills of individual salespeople, and ii) a maturity model to transform the overall organization to become more solution sales oriented. Solution selling When we began our engagement at PSINet the sales team operation was mainl... (more)

Government Cloud Hubs – Shared Services Cloud Architecture

The previous blog talked about Municipalities beginning to move into a mode where they not only buy in Cloud services, but they also become a seller of them too. Research analyst IDC calls these ‘Cloud Hubs’ in new insights they are revealing about how this effect is already occuring in the USA, with municipalities buying from ‘upstream’ State-level providers, and also selling to them too. It’s clear there is a very powerful story about the potential for new revenue sources and local economic development, as well as a new mode of IT. Government Cloud Hubs The fundamental buildin... (more)

Cloud 2.0 : Re-inventing CRM

Cloud computing isn’t just re-inventing technology, it will also drive evolution of the business practices that the technology is used for. For example CRM: Customer Relationship Management. This is a science that started as simple contact management apps, like ACT!, through Goldmine then of course After their ASP (Application Service Provider) phase of the Cloud evolution we’ve since had the social media explosion and so the principle category to add is “social media CRM”. After that came Cloud and so we’re now at a phase best described as Cloud 2.0. This is most... (more)

Google Cloud Ventures – Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

To best capture the primary value of Cloud Computing I always recommend looking at the scenario of a new entrepreneur launching their online business. The Cloud has made entrepreneurism itself more accessible to more people, lowering the barrier to entry by lowering the costs it takes to launch a new online venture by a magnitude, while simultaneously improving the quality of the apps you can produce, and how quickly you can produce them. Combined with the continuing explosion of online users and how much they grow their daily use of social media, e-commerce etc., this is a massi... (more)