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Streamlining Operations Across Regions for Enhanced Efficiency and Customer Service


Client Overview

Oclas Consulting was engaged by a multinational client facing operational inefficiencies and customer service challenges arising from the merger of four distinct businesses spread across the UK. The client's fragmented system architecture and inconsistent processes across three operating regions resulted in duplication of effort, rework, and delays, hindering productivity and customer satisfaction.

Challenge:

The primary challenge stemmed from the lack of process alignment across the client's operating regions, exacerbated by the disparate legacy systems supporting these processes. This misalignment led to:

  • Inconsistent application of processes within and across regions, creating confusion and hindering collaboration.

  • Difficulty in comparing performance between different teams and regions, obscuring areas for improvement.

  • Challenges in aggregating and reporting data at a corporate level, impeding strategic decision-making.

  • Inefficiencies due to suboptimal process variations, causing rework, delays, and increased costs.


Approach:

To address these challenges, Oclas Consulting implemented a multifaceted strategy encompassing process standardisation, system architecture integration, stakeholder engagement, and performance measurement and reporting.

Process Standardisation:

  • Conducted a comprehensive analysis of existing processes across all regions to identify and document variations and inefficiencies.

  • Developed a unified process model to standardise operations across all regions, eliminating redundancies and inconsistencies.

  • Implemented the standardised processes through training and documentation, ensuring consistent application across the organisation.

System Architecture Integration:

  • Assessed the disparate legacy systems to understand their capabilities and limitations.

  • Proposed an integrated system architecture to support the newly standardised processes, enabling seamless data exchange and process integration.

  • Developed and implemented a migration plan to transition from legacy systems to integrated systems, minimising disruption to business operations.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Collaborated with teams from different regions to understand their unique challenges and needs, fostering a sense of ownership and buy-in.

  • Conducted workshops and engaged in regular communication to address concerns, gather feedback, and ensure transparency throughout the project.

Performance Measurement and Reporting:

  • Created a set of performance metrics to compare performance uniformly across teams and regions, providing insights into areas for improvement.

  • Developed a centralised reporting framework for enhanced corporate-level insights, enabling data-driven decision-making.

  • Established a continuous improvement process to monitor performance, identify areas for optimisation, and implement ongoing refinements.


Solution:

The solution implemented by Oclas Consulting resulted in a significant transformation of the client's operational landscape:

  • Aligned processes across the three regions, incorporating the most efficient practices identified, eliminating duplication and streamlining operations.

  • Cohesive system architecture supporting the streamlined processes, enabling seamless data flow, process integration, and enhanced operational efficiency.

  • Improved ability to compare performance and generate meaningful corporate reports, providing actionable insights for strategic decision-making.

  • Reduced process inefficiencies, leading to enhanced productivity, reduced rework, and improved customer service.


Business Impact:

The client experienced a range of tangible benefits as a result of Oclas Consulting's intervention:

  • Reduction in resource and time expenditure during system design, accelerating the progress towards the planned delivery date for TS4.

  • Enhanced efficiency and customer service due to the elimination of process issues and inconsistencies, leading to increased customer satisfaction and retention.

  • Improved operational productivity by reducing rework, delays, and unnecessary costs, enhancing overall profitability.

  • Facilitated comparison of team performances across regions and improved corporate-level decision-making, enabling strategic resource allocation and performance optimisation.


Conclusion:

Oclas Consulting's expertise and tailored approach transformed the client's fragmented operations into a streamlined, efficient system. The project not only optimised operational processes but also significantly improved customer service, demonstrating Oclas Consulting's capability to deliver comprehensive, impactful solutions in complex operational environments.

References:
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