Exploiting IT for Maximum Business Value

Clear Direction Towards Competitive Advantage

S&A's experienced CIOs, corporate strategists, vertical and industry specialists are best positioned to define and drive IT strategy and transformational blueprints. Aligning business vision, objectives and goals to strategic technology roadmaps and future business operating models. From sourcing strategy, in/out sourcing analysis, legacy migration, cloud and service based models through to platform choice, data warehousing capabilities or a mobile workforce strategy we can help put all the strategy and architecture layers together to drive your competitive advantage.

Delivering World Class Architecture Services

Enterprise, Business, Information, Technology & Solutions Architecture

Our consulting practitioners have delivered some of the most value enhancing architecture outcomes in the world. Removing the 'ivory tower' aspect from every engagement we undertake we can establish, enhance, uplift or completely outsource all your architecture needs. From solving your complex solutions architecture challenges to fully implementing Enterprise & Business Architecture functions. Architecture, enabled correctly, will simplify the complexity in your organisation's technology, business processes and business structure to exploit competitive opportunities and remove potential weaknesses.

Transformation Strategy, Design, Execution & Leadership

Strategic Roadmaps, Investment Profiling & Programme Delivery Blueprints

With key capabilities across both business & technology transformation we bring together cohesive, fully functional strategy, architecture and leadership skills to ensure maximum measurable benefits are delivered from your change programme. Utilising our Groups core IP and methodology, already proven against some of the biggest and most successful transformation programmes in the world we quickly instill governance, structure, energy and accountability to safeguard your desired business outcomes.

Effective Governance, Compliance & Risk Management

Competitive Advantage through Controlled Execution

Governance is critical when running tactical initiatives as well as driving enterprise wide strategic change programmes. Even more importantly, it's a critical success factor when developing Strategy & Enterprise Architecture capabilities. S&A have world leading practical consultants experienced in developing governance and assurance solutions for major organisations. From core contributors to COBIT to experienced heads of governance for FTSE50s we can apply the right mixture of executive, practical and academic skills to enable the right governance frameworks and processes.

Enterprise Integration Strategy, Methods, Tools & Implementation

Legacy Migrations, Information Exchange Hubs & Service Orientated Architectures

You may be adopting a full on Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) approach to decouple and reuse complex services or building a robust application migration programme to move from legacy mainframe systems. We can help define your integration strategy, technology solutions, implementation road map, governance structure or benefits realisation program. Our senior consultants are career experts in integration and interoperability. Backed by our corporate thinking consultants from CIO, CTO & Chief Architect backgrounds we help to ensure integration is neither a lost opportunity nor a serious operational risk to your business.

Inspirational Leadership, Outstanding Management & Enterprise Strategic Planning

Removing Barriers & Enabling Clear and Effective Execution of Strategy

Strategy is useless without leadership and execution. The S&A Group takes great pride in our ability to not only define a vision but to also lead and drive all resources to to deliver upon such a mission. From experienced programme directors to heavy weight project managers seasoned in the management and delivery of business and technology change initiatives. Ready to hit the ground running our consutlants will simply know what to do. Instantly releasing client stress, effort and time.

Consulting & Advisory

14 High Performing Consulting Practices deliver world class professional services via a cohesive mix of dedicated consultants, associates, partner alliances and career interims. From accomplished CEOs, CIOs and CTOs to expert architects our promise is to always deliver the right services to surpass our client expectations. Find Out More

Training & Education

We evaluate, coach, mentor and train individuals & teams across a powerful mix of S&A subjects (e.g. TOGAF, COBIT, ITIL, PRINCE). Using leading consultants with an aptitude and desire to teach backed up by real world knowledge, experience and plenty of war stories to share. Students also qualify for our exclusive alumni. Find Out More

Resource Management

No recruiter, however capable, knows S&A consulting activities as we do. We use real consultants to capture client requirements and interview candidates from a global network of 8,000 professionals. We accurately match your needs to candidate skills. From establishing a new team to a 1 day interim manager. Find Out More

Latest Job Opportunities

The Strategy & Architecture Group
The Head of Architecture will have responsibility for designing, building and leading both solu... More»

The Head of Architecture will have responsibility for designing, building and leading both solutions and enterprise architecture teams within our prestigious client organisation. You will represent IS but work across boundaries of technology, business, strategic change programmes as well as directing strategic suppliers (both inshore and offshore) ensuring your teams team produce strategy and architectures that are fit-for-purpose now and for the future You will be a key member of our clients management team. You will be a thought leader, strategy evangelist and recognised technology expert throughout the business. You will:- • Design, shape, structure and recruit your own solutions architecture and enterprise architecture teams • Maintain a set of clear, purposeful architecture principles that are meaningful to the business • Ensure the architecture teams adhere to these principles when developing the business architecture • Maintain a dialogue with the business stakeholders to ensure the on-going relevance of the principles to the business • Use technical expertise to ensure that all decisions made by the design authority are based on sound criteria ensuring that objective, fact based strategic decisions are made • Help develop a portfolio of strategic programmes, current state and future state architectures, target operating models and the roadmaps and blueprints to deliver them • Ensure timely resolution of strategy and architecture decisions which support the delivery of projects on behalf of the business • Lead the architecture governance process and ensure adequate design authority integration • Be the arbiter for the decision making process • Ensure the structure and content of all architecture artefacts are fit for purpose • Ensure that the architecture process maintains an audit trail to satisfy internal quality procedures and meets any external quality standards that are applicable, including setting of KPI’s • Day to day management of direct reports including goal setting, development plans, performance assessments and general leadership • Ensure a training program is in place that ensures the architecture function keeps up to date with technology • Communicate the outcome of design authority decisions to all relevant stakeholders • Be the expert technical adviser to the business from an architecture and strategy perspective to support executive board members • Communicate the agreed strategy direction from the boards to the architecture function to enable the team to develop the architecture in line with the boards’ requirements Desired Skills & Experience • Must have proven expertise in most aspects of enterprise architecture including business modelling, systems integration, industry standards, service design, architecture principles design, building block design, benefits analysis and business interworking. • Will have extensive knowledge of migrations planning, service level agreements and asset management; and be knowledgeable in all other general IT areas including application development, programming languages, brokering applications, storage management, networks, web based services, COTS, management utilities and infrastructure. • Must have detailed IT knowledge to be capable of providing advice and guidance in all areas, including software engineering, security, systems and network management, transaction processing, UI, data interchange, OS services, network services and communications infrastructure. • Proven expertise in leadership, team work, inter-personal skills, oral communication, written communication, logical analysis, stakeholder management and risk management. • The job holder should be expert in business cases, business scenarios, organisation, business process, visioning, metrics and culture; and be knowledgeable about strategic planning, budget management, legacy investments and business functions. • Knowledgeable about project and program management, and expert at managing business change, change management and value management.

The Strategy & Architecture Group
An experienced EA with broad experience of TIBCO/IBM/WS02 and leading small teams. More»

An experienced EA with broad experience of TIBCO/IBM/WS02 and leading small teams.

The Strategy & Architecture Group
We are looking for an Interim Head of Information Architecture to help drive a large transforma... More»

We are looking for an Interim Head of Information Architecture to help drive a large transformation programme within a very fast paced, online e-commerce business based in the heart of Manchester. 

You will have experience of all data and information architecture activities as your team will encompass everything from MDM to BI to CRM. You will know how to quickly understand the current information usage within the organisation and have the gravitas to help build a strong team which can interface with both exec board members and developers alike. 

The Strategy & Architecture Group
Looking for a number of Information & Data Architects as well as Data Modellers for enterprise ... More»

Looking for a number of Information & Data Architects as well as Data Modellers for enterprise wide programmes.

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