Planting trees to reduce our carbon footprint

By |2023-09-12T15:55:57+12:00September 12th, 2023|Categories: Management Consulting|

As an organisation, Ascent looked at the ways we could reduce the size of our carbon footprint: we have team members that bike to work, for the most part we work from home, and we all recycle. But what we hadn’t done was plant trees! This seemed like a great way to reduce our emissions, while [...]

Market Direction for Cloud Services Investment

By |2023-05-24T11:48:10+12:00May 24th, 2023|Categories: Management Consulting|

2023/2024 promises to be an interesting one with future investments in Cloud Technology – particularly for on shore vs off shore of data storage. And subsequently, for how government related data (Restricted or below) will be analysed, stored and managed going forward. There is a lot of investment from international companies at present with data [...]

Digital and Cloud Adoption

By |2022-08-08T10:23:30+12:00August 2nd, 2022|Categories: Management Consulting|

The path to digital and cloud adoption is well established and plenty of business benefits to be gained with a well thought out Digital Strategy.  This strategy could mean many different things of course but the bottom line is usually customers wanting to electronically and more efficiently engage with consumers on line – as an [...]

Data driven decisions and evidence informed policy

By |2021-06-28T13:50:11+12:00May 31st, 2021|Categories: Management Consulting|

Since the age of caves, and probably before, humans have recognised the power of social networks, division of labour, and careful consideration and observation of their surroundings. People that didn’t collect salient, risk and time dependent information, were the ones that were either eaten, didn’t eat, or froze. The ones that lived, our predecessors, were [...]

Prioritising assignments in your consulting world, and your life

By |2020-11-05T12:45:31+13:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Management Consulting|

Time is precious, let’s not waste it. I often have two main pressures when it comes to time: feeling like I have too much of it on my hands and feeling like I should be busier, and then saying “yes” one to many clients, school, family or community requests, and then having a strong desire [...]

The case for a DevOps Model to support your business

By |2020-10-05T11:48:13+13:00July 28th, 2020|Categories: Management Consulting|

In the past few weeks, I have been considering for a few customers, when is there a genuine need for a DevOps model to support your business?  Based on Agile concepts, DevOps models have been in place for a few years, and surprisingly, not that difficult to design, migrate and then adopt. But does every [...]

Where have all the project managers gone?

By |2020-10-05T11:48:31+13:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Management Consulting|

When I started in IT there was a project management methodology available in government called Spectrum. It was a room full of ring binders with a template and instructions for every facet of project management from business case writing to benefit realization post-delivery. You started on page 1 of folder 1 and worked your way [...]

Reset and refocus

By |2020-10-05T11:49:18+13:00May 2nd, 2020|Categories: Management Consulting|

As we navigate the new world and re-jig how we do business, it's imperative for businesses to have a plan for “how to grow’. Through Ascent have identified some handy tools and templates we’d like to share with you, including a 10-step template to assist business to reset and refocus. Complementing this, the Ascent [...]

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