Jul 16, 2020

Brooklin Consulting: accelerating productivity with OTIP

OTIP
Sean Galea-Pace
3 min
Michael Flemming, Vice President of Brooklin Consulting, discusses the importance of his organisation’s business relationship with OTIP
Michael Flemming, Vice President of Brooklin Consulting, discusses the importance of his organisation’s business relationship with OTIP...

Brooklin Consulting is a management consulting organisation with worldwide experience in several leading industries. The firm helps companies overcome their unique business challenges, discover their greatest opportunities and achieve significant results. Brooklin Consulting has over 30 years of experience in global consulting, primarily focused on productivity improvement, strategic implementation and digital transformation. Brooklin Consulting specialises in achieving measurable results that improve their client’s performance quickly and efficiently.

Michael Flemming is the Vice President of Brooklin Consulting. He leads projects to execute strategy and improve productivity, working with both senior leaders and front-line employees. Brooklin Consulting has formed a partnership with Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) to help improve productivity. Flemming believes this collaborative business partnership is essential and is the “archetype” of any successful consulting relationship. “We’re able to build trust, and work closely with every level of the organisation, which is the key to building solutions that drive the largest impact and are sustainable beyond the term of our engagement,” he says. “Every single change, large and small, is developed with the front-line managers responsible for the area. We work through the development and testing of solutions, but most importantly, we see those changes through to implementation. The collaboration between consultants and operating managers ensures changes are not just theoretical, but drive improvements in the real world.”

When seeking to establish a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership, Flemming has a clear idea of what he looks for. “We find that the most successful relationships are the ones where we collaborate through every step of the process, regardless if the problem is big or small,” he explains. “We’re prepared to work with clients through every step of the journey to find a solution that is going to succeed. Solutions developed together are always the most successful, and that is a key reason for the strength of our relationship with OTIP, and a key reason our projects have consistently generated 3:1 returns in their first year, while at the same time improving customer service and satisfaction.”

Over the next few years, Flemming expects the future of Brooklin’s relationship with OTIP to continue to thrive as new technology shakes up the industry. “Organisations like OTIP need to be nimble and ready to change at a moment’s notice in order to stay competitive, and I expect key trends revolving around robotics and AI will push analytical decision-making to the next level and provide better quality to customers,” says Flemming. “We’ve been able to install a culture of continuous improvement with OTIP and help adopt those trends quickly and in a meaningful way. I believe the continued strength of our relationship will allow for those future opportunities to be adopted efficiently and robustly.”

 Stacey Rous, EVP & CFO at OTIP, says: “The team at Brooklin Consulting has supported OTIP through sever­al improvement projects over the past two years, each resulting in a significant return on investment. Their methodology has helped us transform our management operating system, allowing for better analytics, faster decision-making, and ultimately improved service to our members. Most importantly, they have helped our peo­ple see challenges as opportunities and left us with an approach to continuous improvement that carries on internally beyond the term of their engagements. I would strongly recommend their services to organizations look­ing to improve their operations." 

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Jul 5, 2021

CGI: Driving local solutions with global expertise

CGI
City of Mesa
3 min
Embrace digital transformation and infuse it with a spirit of agility, says Aleta Jeffres, CGI Vice President Consulting Services

Embrace digital transformation and infuse it with a spirit of agility, is the message to the public sector from Aleta Jeffress, CGI Senior Vice President Consulting Services.

“We partner with clients to drive value and innovation,” said Jeffress who has been working with the US City of Mesa, AZ on their digital journey for their local citizens.

Founded in 1976, CGI is one of the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world. It is insights-driven and outcomes-based to help accelerate return on investments. CGI operates across 21 industries in 400 locations and provides scalable and sustainable services that are informed globally and delivered locally.

“We have expertise in developing and executing strategies to help companies transform their IT to align with the business through cloud strategies, application rationalization, modernization and outsourcing,” said Jeffress speaking from the Denver CGI offices.

“Digital change can be exhausting, but take the opportunity to embrace it and look for new opportunities,” said Jeffress who pointed out projects should have a sense of agility and specific focus on the end-user.

“This can be a big culture change for some clients but by making sure your implementations are not a big bang theory but you can take smaller chunks which you’re able to do over and over again as it's just going to continue to evolve,” she said.

Informed globally and delivered locally

Commenting on CGI’s partnership with the City of Mesa, Jeffress said: “We are providing a solution that has a lower cost of ownership and helps them streamline business processes and helps increase efficiency. 

“The City sought a single source of truth for their ERP business processes. With CGI Advantage, they found a partner in their digital transformation journey with a configurable, unified solution that supports their HR, financial management, and performance budgeting business processes.  

“With CGI Advantage, the City is working with a single source of truth that lowers total cost of ownership, streamlines business processes, and increases efficiency - additional benefits include: 

• A decrease in customizations and staffing requirements resulting in faster upgrade cycles. 

• Empowering HR resources to focus on strategic efforts by removing the need for manual and duplicate data entry. 

• Increased accuracy with reporting. 

• Process improvements shifting from customized or paper-based processes to automated processes. 

• Increased pay transparency and accuracy by leveraging process improvements and configurable support 

A trusted partner 

CGI is a company that focuses very intently and very intentionally on delivery - that is something that really sets us apart,” said Jeffress. 

“We have an internal process where we meet with clients twice a year to ask a specific set of questions. How our clients answer those questions allows us to be sure we are aligned and can be a trusted partner with all of our clients.”

“As an international company, we can provide key resources when our clients need it in a very timely manner,” she said.

Reflecting on the challenges posed by COVID-19 Jeffress said there had been a true evolution in technology services.

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