Thinking “Inside the Box”
Why a New Paradigm?
Over the past 12 to 18 months, we have seen a dramatic—almost seismic—change in the supply chain consulting industry. We have witnessed a significant decline in broad-based projects that typically entail long project timelines, multiple resources, open-ended deliverables, and blown budgets. Instead, the demand has been for specific skill sets to participate in intensive, short-term “projects” with well-defined deliverables; almost a hybrid of a staff augmentation and traditional consulting model.
Our assessment is that this trend is the result of the following:
- The volumes of information available today on the internet
- “Do it ourselves” mentality
- Low-cost independent contractors
- Re-hiring of staff positions for long term needs
- Exhaustive post-recession spending limitations
- Tired and worn consulting models
The Industry Agrees
We have vetted our findings with our business and technology partners. We have vetted these findings with some of our friendly competitors. We have vetted these findings with industry thought leaders. And last but not least, we have vetted these findings with our customers and opportunity pipeline. Findings confirmed.
Our conclusion is that the “glory days” of consulting have passed and we must create and embrace a new paradigm if we are to exist in this industry.
We are back to thinking “inside the box”! We’ve heard the industry loud and clear and we’re giving you that one-two punch, wrapped up in a box, and tied up with ribbons and bows.
You give us the start date, budget, and the services you need (we can help with that, too) and we’ll tell you what package you’re dealing with.
Taking the Initiative
Our takeaway? If Scott Sheldon (or any consulting firm) is to thrive in the future, we need to re-invent not only how we operate and serve our customers, we need to re-invent the industry. We are taking a leadership position and driving this change. We look forward to creating this new paradigm with you!