Business Consultants

Ascent Business Consulting based in Wellington, New Zealand, is a leader in the provision of professional business services. We specialise in the transition and mobilisation of large enterprises, and the delivery of complex change programmes for Australasian business and ICT projects.

We empower our clients, enabling them to meet challenges and take advantage of new commercial opportunities, whatever the economic climate.

We identify improvements in productivity and efficiency, translating technology into actual business benefits and returns.

We provide clear, agnostic vendor and technology advice, enabling accurate assessment of the market and giving our clients informed recommendations suitable for their business.

Our experienced business consultants use a trusted partner approach to help large organisations in both the private and public sectors throughout their transformation journey.

Benefits of our consulting services

  • Reduced risk by using New Zealand’s most experienced transformation experts
  • Taking a holistic view of the full transformation enables the most cost-effective solution to be implemented
  • Our transformation services enable key business stakeholders to focus on their priorities – creating and implementing strategy
  • Use of best-practice processes reduces the risk of disruption to the IT infrastructure
  • Providing service transition capability as a service
  • Reduced cost and improved operational efficiency in managing strategic organisational change initiatives using both Six Sigma and ITIL
  • We implement best-practice service management processes for non-production environments
  • Our highly proficient programme and project managers minimise the cost and risk of delivery
  • We manage project risk and take full ownership to deliver agreed outcomes, providing certainty about price
  • Our track record for planning and delivering business cases for large organisations in the public and private sectors in Australasia is well proven
  • We provide price and cost modelling support for business casing, pricing products and services, valuations, mergers and acquisitions, and securing funding
  • Our financial risk analysis tools enable you to comprehend your project risks and to assure your stakeholders that you have all the bases covered

Advantages of working with us

Organisations require dependable ICT services that enhance staff productivity and allow better connections to customers. We help build effective business and ICT strategies, operating models and roadmaps, enabling sustainable, reliable, and flexible service provision. We deliver:

  • Better business performance
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Lower costs
  • Reduced risk
  • Expert advice
  • Peace of mind for senior managers

What our clients are saying…

“Ascent assisted us with the development of the business case for a proposed new entity to help the sector improve the way risk is understood and managed. The business case process took approximately nine months, involved multiple stakeholders and was a complex shared service proposition. Ascent delivered on time and on budget for subject-matter expert BBC process guidance, financial and economic cost-benefit modelling, survey collection and survey data analysis, programme planning expertise, and business case report writing.”

Chief Executive, NZ government organisation

“We engaged Accent Business Consulting to support a large, complex managed services transition from the incumbent outsourcer to e-IT. The transition manager engaged for the project was of an extremely high calibre, which achieved our customer-stated “seamless transition” on time and on budget. It was a highly complex transition based on the amount of technologies being supported for a large government agency in a condensed timeframe. The additional management support we received from Ascent throughout the engagement was very much appreciated.”

Stuart Speers, CEO, enterpriseIT Ltd

“Peter Bonniface and Chris Nicholls provided clear and practical application of the Better Business Case frameworks that shaped the robust way we were able to build the investment case. They were also highly objective and logical in testing our assumptions with this, resulting in targeted and efficient proofs of concepts and stakeholder engagements. They quickly grasped the business context for our work and were able to draw on relevant experiences to give a good ‘external’ perspective. This also meant they were able to give solid advice on options and mitigations that strengthened the proposals. In providing their service they were always accommodating, flexible and gave great value for money.”

Senior Manager, NZ government department

“Peter Bonniface was instrumental in enabling us to complete a programme business case that was accepted by Cabinet, and has supported the development of subsequent business cases. Peter is an accredited expert in the better business case methodology, and brings strong analytical, communication and relationship management skills and demonstrates a keen appreciation of what information is required to support informed decision-making by the investor.”

Senior Manager, NZ government department