When the Finance and Legal teams have questions, they turn to
CPAs and outside counsel for expert guidance.
How often have your sat in meetings with the Finance team trying
to figure out if a purchase can be capitalized or needs to be
expensed? The Accounting team would never take the risk of making
a material mistake with the balance sheet without first seeking
some expert guidance — and neither would the Legal team
either. To answer those questions, the CFO and Legal teams retain
external professional firms to help their groups work through
the variety of difficult issues.
Who does the IT group have to turn to?
IT groups have always had research houses and consultants to
turn to. When research firms first appeared more than 30 years
ago, System/370 mainframes ruled IT, and Digital Equipment’s
VAX was the hot new thing. Research houses have stuck to the
same model of pumping out generic “consumer report” style analysis
in a race to create the world’s most complete IT encyclopedia.
Consulting firms continue to work to imbed themselves into clients
to maximize billable projects.
Increasingly, organizations are turning to TAC’s Expert Decision
Support Network for the experience-based professional advice
that Finance and Legal have had for years.
How the Network Provides Advice
Access to TAC’s Expert Decision Support Network is secured through
an annual retainer. Clients get to chose how and when to engage
our Experts’ advice, and request delivery in a manner that best
suits their issue.
As an enterprise-wide solution, anyone on the IT team, from
Architects to Vendor Management, can access the network. Since
there are no distribution restrictions, TAC advice may be shared
with whomever you want in your organization.
Accessing the Expert Decision Support Network
Anyone authorized by the client’s organization can receive access
to TAC’s Expert Decision Support Network. The TAC portal contains
access to the archives of webinars and SmartTips™, and clients
utilize the portal to request advice in the form of Personal
Advisory Reports or Expert Phone Consultations. When they present their
issue to the Expert Decision Support Network, clients specify
the topic, the business goal they are trying to achieve, articulate
what constraints exist, and can upload any relevant document.
Every TAC client is assigned a Personal Advisor to ensure quality
and act as an interface between the Client and the Experts.
Personal Advisors moderate all Expert Phone Calls and review
Personal Advisory Reports before posting the document to the
user’s individual portal.
TAC SmartGrid™ Methodology
IT organizations are being hit with questions from an increasingly
tech-savvy user base, management team and boardroom. Our clients
recognize that no amount of spending will provide them with
all the in-house expertise to answer every question. TAC’s SmartGrid™
methodology was developed to focus the experts broadly on the
business drivers, and not solely on technology features and
functions. This helps IT organizations make better decisions.
A Bit More about Our Experts...
Over the past few decades, computer use has expanded to all
corners of the enterprise; broadening the scope of information
technology (IT). This expanding scope of IT has coincided with
an increase in the complexity of the systems which enterprises
deploy and maintain, resulting in increased specialization among
the people required to support an enterprise’s technology. To
classify IT’s ever increasing specialization, The Advisory Council
created a taxonomy covering all IT practice areas.
When we created the taxonomy, we identified 939 distinct IT
practice areas, and grouped them into five general categories:
software, hardware, networking & telecommunications, services,
and management. The pie chart shown below represents the distribution
of the 939 identified subject areas among those five categories.
When we enroll Experts in our Decision Support Network, we identify
the IT subject areas covered by each Expert. Throughout this web site, we
utilize this pie chart to identify the associated taxonomy grouping
and the underlying IT subject area number to highlight the breadth
of our Expert Decision Support Network’s ability to address
virtually any issue facing your IT organization.
The list below provides an overview of the various taxonomy
- Application Development
- Application Integration & Middleware
- Business Intelligence
- Business Planning & Analysis
- Business Process Management
- Compensation, Skills & Workforce Management
- Consumer Technologies
- Customer Relationship Management
- Data Management & Integration
- Emerging Trends & Technologies
- Enterprise Architecture
- Enterprise Strategy & Business Development
- ERP & Supply Chain Optimization
- High-Performance Workplace
- IT Asset Management
- IT Infrastructure & Operations
- IT Management
- IT Services
- IT Strategy
- IT Valuation
- ITIL Strategy & Implementation
- Mobile & Wireless
- Networking & Communications Equipment
- Networking & Communications Services
- Open Source
- PCs, Laptops & Handheld Devices
- Performance Management
- Program Management Offices
- Regulatory Compliance
- Risk Management
- Security & Privacy
- Servers & Storage
- Social Networking
- Vendor Management
- Vendor & Technology Selection
- Web Services
To view actual success stories TAC achieved with our clients,
please see the Results page. To view
recent client inquiry subjects, please see the
Recent Inquiries page.
For more information about The Advisory Council, please
contact us online or call us at +1 781 791 9582.
About The Advisory Council
Founded in 2002, The Advisory Council (TAC) brings its unique Expertise-as-a-Service® (EaaS™), the next logical step in the XaaS revolution, to the enterprise. The EaaS solution-delivery model gives clients access to TAC’s wide array of services, tools and workshops designed to help CIOs and IT managers reduce costs, improve productivity, and increase the status of IT in the boardroom. The EaaS mission is to provide first-hand, actionable information, advice, and expertise in the context of your specific IT organization. The TAC Expert Network provides clients on-demand access to one of the world’s largest vetted networks of practicing IT experts. With hundreds of CIOs, authors, patent holders, thought leaders, and independent consultants, TAC delivers the right answer to your question in the right context, “right now.”