Achilles Consulting is an entrepreneurial-minded boutique consulting firm and from our prior experiences in applying lean manufacturing principles and operations management techniques in context of large scale operations, we have developed expertise in business process management and system integration. Our consulting team has successfully delivered solutions in various industries such as offshore & marine, financial services, logistics, and aerospace. We also work with a broad spectrum of clients, from the largest multinationals to small, new ventures.
We offer the full spectrum of services to our clients to help them achieve world-class operational excellence. Through consulting, we will diagnose clients’ situation, identify opportunities for improvement, and make customized proposals. A good proposal or idea is never enough, and we want to make sure that solutions are practical and can be implemented. We will see through the fulfillment of the performance improvement initiatives tapping on our expertise in delivering a workable solutions. What’s more, we do not see a consulting engagement as a mere business activity but as an education opportunity to transfer our knowledge and prompt awareness of system and lean thinking to a larger audience.
The ACHILLES culture is deeply rooted in a set of ethos and values that serves as a foundation for all that we do. Achilles provides research based consulting, that involves advice and problem solving based on innovative and rigorous analysis of the client’s problem. We link people, process and technology to help them achieve profound sustainable change, culminating in implementation with information technology expertise. Our fact based, analytical and customized approaches combined with a commitment to creating actionable solutions and working with our clients to drive implementation provides our clients with a compelling value proposition for their consulting investment. We work in partnership with our clients to help them design and align their business around changing customer priorities, economics and environments by achieving significant and measurable results. We add value to each client engagement by seamlessly bringing together in depth service skills with industry expertise.
We aim to help our clients manage their businesses by delivering knowledge based services through the following key areas:
- Body of knowledge, skills and experience which our consulting team has to offer
- Experience and knowledge of the application of our specialist skills in a specific domain (industrial sector, geographical area or type of problem)
- Consultancy skills, which enable our consulting team to deliver our expertise within the clients’ environment.
We look forward to forge long term alliance with our clients and bring independence and freshness of view. We deliver quality results through forming effective working team with our clients in discovering problems and resolving them; identifying opportunities and realising them.
The Achilles Approach: 4C Model
We segment potential clients into different categories based on organization maturity level, identify needs for each category, and provide tools to address these needs.
|Organization Maturity Stage|
|Characteristics||Flat structure, no segmentation of functions||Organized by functions (business units)||Focus on synchronization between business units||Focus on value chain, beyond company boundary|
|Needs||Document business processes, and invest in basic IT infrastructure||Share information among units||Optimize processes||Strategy formation|
|Possible Tools||Simple IT applications||ERP, systems integration tools||Inventory control, simulation||Supply chain management|
Each project is unique, given the fact that different clients may be in different categories and the peculiarity of clients’ situation. Yet we adopt the same rigorous project life-cycle management methodology for every project.
We start with evaluation of client’s current situation. During this stage, we examine client’s current business processes and work procedures through interviews with client’s staffs and data collection. We use tools that includes flowcharts, statistical analysis, Pareto Chart, Cause-and-effect diagram to visualize and identify opportunities for improvement.
With the thorough understanding of issues at hand, we proceed to the stage called proposal formulation. First, we design a framework that breaks down one big problem into several more manageable sub-problems, and maps out the relationship among them. Then we focus our efforts on tackling these relatively independent sub-problems with modules. Finally we integrate individual modules to form a complete solution design.
Next step is implementation, probably the most important one. Some clients may want to implement proposal themselves, but we are more than happy to spearhead the implementation. This normally includes change management, software development and deployment. Not all implementation involves software development, but our experience shows that certain level of adjustments to current enterprise management information system and optimization of existing software user interface are almost inevitable, especially for those organizations with a relatively low level of technology maturity.
No project is complete without review stage. This is a stage that spans over the whole course of project. It includes progress updates we present during regular project meetings, feedback that we seek for the proposal, and adaption we make to reflect changes as demanded by clients or new business needs.