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September 18, 2007

A New Strategy For IT's End Clients

In the IT industry, as presently constituted, on  the one hand we have the “End” client (The final recipient of the IT services) and in the other hand, the Contractor and its Cartels of IT provider of services

We recommend that the “End” clients adopt a different strategy other than to become victims to the “Prestigious Ones” the name given by us to those organization that are trying to Monopolized the IT industry to maximize their profits.
 

This Strategy consist in using Peningo System approach of joining forces with the Consultant and the “End” Client and contracting among ourselves, by-passing the Prestigious ones and their excessive greed and Mark-ups which have lead to presenting only candidates that fit the Mark-up structure, disregarding the other talent that specifically are the ones that could satisfy the End Client’s needs which will never be presented because of their higher rates.  By eliminating the “Prestigious Ones” from the process, additional margin becomes available that could go to pay for the resource and at the same time provide savings to the End Client.
 

Additional reasons for adopting such Strategy by the End Client are:

Client controls systems projects that
support the client’s successful
business plan.


At Peningo, we expect the client to control all systems decisions, as we feel that those
decisions may impact the client’s “Business Plan”.  Systems contributions by Peningo Members should be limited to the development, enhancement and implementation of the systems that will deliver a client’s proven successful “Business Plan” intact.

There is a tendency on the part of the “Prestigious Ones” to try to control and influence the client’s “Business Plan” in order to be able to use their “package solutions”.  This efforts results in priority being given to systems solutions than to the client’s “Business Plan”.  

We have experience salvaging situations created by the “Prestigious Ones” in their
attempts to influence the client’s “Business Plan” in order to use the “standard solution” which results in totally inadequate business solution.  Again we re-state our view that systems decisions should be totally in the hands of client personnel and all systems must bow to the needs of the client’s “Business Plan”


The “Bench” Systems

The “Prestigious Ones” maintain consultants between assignments on the “Bench”
waiting for allocation to a project.   We at Peningo feel that the “Bench” system is totally wrong for the following reasons:

When a client states a requirement, there is an economic incentive, on the part of the ”
Prestigious Ones” to use “imperfect” matches to the client’s requirement in order to reduce the bench idle resources ,which are on their payroll, and are not billable to any client.  That is how the “Prestigious Ones” finds themselves offering “Oranges” when the client’s needs requires “Apples”

We have experienced replacing such mismatched resources presented by the “Prestigious Ones” and bringing the client back into harmony by delivering excellent matches to the client’s requirement.  In addition consultants are extremely unhappy to be placed on a “Bench” even when they continue to receive their pay.

We approach every client requirement without any limitations except to seek a very close match that has the pertinent skills at an expert level.    As we do not support the “Bench” systems we are able to bring upon the client’s needs the best solution available in the Market at that point in time.   Our consultants are compensated adequately so that should a situation developed of a gap between assignments the consultants may use their free time as they wish.  It is our experience that those that have dedicated their careers to consulting prefer this method best, as they do not like to be mismatched, resulting in personal failures at the assignment.


One single hourly rate

The “Prestigious Ones” when a resource home base is away from the client they offer the resource on an hourly billing rate plus expenses.  Such practices lead to extensive overhead costs in the part of the consultant, the client and the “Prestigious Ones”.

Peningo’s approach is to offer our consultant at a single hourly rate.  When the Peningo consultant home base is remote to the client we would have quoted the single hourly rate as all inclusive (no expenses to be added).  The client for all purposes may consider all Peningo resources as local.  It is up to the consultants to decide if they want to commute on a weekly basis or relocate in close proximity to the client’s site for the duration of the assignment,

It is our experience that the consultant and the client prefer this method and for Peningo, facilitate the inclusion of a nation wide pool of resources to respond to clients requests.

Markups

It is in the nature of the “Prestigious Ones” to function with extremely high overheads that leads to the need for large Markups.  As the consultants wants their earnings increased the “Prestigious Ones” finds themselves in the need to go “off shore” for resources that may fit their Markups requirements, with the consequent negative effect on quality of service.

By eliminating the “Prestigious Ones” Peningo will be able to share the savings with  the consultant and the client.  The client benefits by having a business formula that rewards the consultant, making it possible to retain the most accomplish resources available while receiving a substantial cost reduction.
 

If you wish to pursue this matter further please contact Peningo Systems Inc.

 

 About Peningo Systems:

Peningo Systems supports and provides Consultants with expertise in many areas including:

To see Peningo Systems areas of expertise, please go to the Peningo Technical Areas page.

 

 

August 02, 2007

Peningo Systems Selected to Provide WebSphere Commerce Development and Support Consulting Services

The Peningo Opinion Blog - Rye, New York - Peningo Systems has recently been selected to provide WebSphere Commerce Development and Support Consulting Services to a leading NASDAQ Bioscience Research firm.

Seeing the Light with Peningo Systems While pricing will always be a factor in the selection process by the “End Clients”, Peningo Systems was selected to provide WebSphere Commerce Development and Support services base on the combination of price and high level of quality and expertise in the Consultants that will be providing the services. The selection of Peningo System is an example of successful bypass of these Prestigious Names in IT Consulting and Professional Services, which Peningo often refer to as “The Prestigious One”.

Peningo will provide the WebSphere Commerce Development and Support services with a team of Senior Consultants with expertise in WebSphere Commerce development and system administration, based here in the U.S.A. . This level of Seniority and Expertise is rare to find when an “End Client” pays top dollar, utilizing the services from one of the Prestigious Names in IT Consulting and Professional Services.

The reasons these Senior level Experts are hard to retain when using one of the Prestigious Names in IT Consulting and Professional Services, is that their “Excessive Profit Margins” would NOT allow for these Senior Level Experts to be compensated properly. As a result, many of the Senior Consultants and experts in their respective technical fields chose to be employed elsewhere and are NOT available via one of the Prestigious Names in IT Consulting and Professional Services. To fulfill the Services to the “End Clients”, these “Prestigious Ones” look to retain resources who are:

  • Paid and command a lower salary. Many of these individuals are not Senior Level Consultants or Technical Experts.
  • On H1-B or L-1 Visa. Many times these Visa based Consultants are used because they are cheaper than Americans and Permanent Residents. As a result, the quality level of such candidates is suspect.
  • Resources located Offshore on the other side of the globe to provide the “WebSphere Consulting Services”.

For these reasons above, the quality of services from these “Prestigious Ones” has declined drastically. The founders of Peningo Systems has thrived for years in providing Consulting Services with the Senior Level Experts at rates that are below the rates of the “Prestigious Ones” with their sub-par to mediocre talent.

Aside from WebSphere Commerce, Peningo Systems supports and provides Consultants with expertise in many areas including:

To see Peningo Systems areas of expertise, please go to the Peningo Technical Areas page or go to the Peningo Websphere Consultants page.

 

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