Looking at the news and seeing that our economy shrank by 20% because of the crisis is frightening, but what has been inspiring has been the resilience of so many businesses out there who have kept going, innovated and adapted to the new business landscape. We see it in the high street, in the way companies have adapted to online selling and delivery. What we often don’t see is the herculean task IT teams have had behind the scenes to make vast changes to home working, delivery channels, bandwidth, websites, applications and infrastructure to make things work. This massive amount of change needed for survival has meant that projects to take the business forward have been put on hold.
Lots of the organisations I have spoken to have suffered tremendously because of the crisis but were successful at managing their costs, putting projects on hold and adapting to the reduced market opportunities. They are optimistic about the future and can see signs of recovery and now need to gear up for new business and getting back to growth. This next phase can be equally challenging. Business is rarely like a light switch that can be turned on just because we want it to.
As we start to recover the challenges will be to maintain control over costs and balance this against the need to fire up projects and open up services. We will need flexibility as no-one has a crystal ball and recovery is fragile and fraught with the risks of further backward steps before we can finally put this crisis behind us.
It is with recovery in mind that we have assembled our Covid Recovery Squad. The concept behind this is that we build a team of very capable practitioners who are ready to go, willing to be flexible about part time or full time and can make a difference quickly. They can be deployed individually or as a squad and they have one thing in common – an ambition to help the client they work with recover from the crisis and deliver value.
We recognise that different organisations need different things to meet the challenges that are specific to them at these times. As such, we have assembled a broad range of skills, including interim managers, service managers, architects, programme and project managers and business analysts as well as process experts, HR specialists and finance people within the squad. Given the commercial challenges for recovering businesses, the Covid Recovery Squad is aimed at adding the maximum value for the minimum cost, with consultants offering their time at a fraction of their normal rates, and Illuminet passing this on at minimal margins.
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