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Reestablish Best Practices in Video Engineering Department of National Cable Company

A RECENT OPERATIONAL AUDIT UNCOVERED SERVERAL CHALLENGES from an initial best practices implementation. Symptoms included: growing backlog of SRQs, managers stretched and unable to meet demands with current work force, reactive assignment rearrangement and fire-fighting, tension and frustration amongst the management team, lack of team work. A plan was developed to get the missing pieces […]

Change Planning Eases Consolidation of Accounting Functions & Offices for National Cable TV Co.

CABLE COMPANY LOCATED IN TWO CITIES AND SERVING A COMBINED CUSTOMER BASE OF OVER 2 MILLION is merging two large accounting operations as first step toward bringing in accounting functions for all its US markets.  The company will maintain multiple systems, but wishes to accelerate the consolidation and standardization of its accounting functions.   Leadership wishes […]

Contact Center Assessment Nets Improved Customer Service & Reduced Costs for National Newspaper

National Newspaper wishes to project future needs, assess the performance and potential of the current consumer sales and support operations and determine whether/how to outsource all customer contact functions. They currently serve customers via a combination of in-house and outsourced contact centers providing customer support via web, chat, email and telephone. Alliant conducted the assessment, […]

Comprehensive Organizational Realignment for Regional Non-profit

METRO/OUTSTATE NONPROFIT WITH ~220 EMPLOYEES providing career, social enrichment, transportation and fiscal management (FME) services to ~3,000 developmentally disabled clients and their families.  Organization wishes to establish a contact center and evaluate and realize other structural and operational opportunities to improve client service delivery and organizational flexibility in anticipation of major legislative reforms. Project spanned […]

Applications Development in $2B Cable TV Company – Performance Recovery

APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION with staff and management in multiple locations supporting video, voice, data and security services, and news channels with online and interactive services to 2.5 million+ residential and commercial customers was struggling to control its workload and meet critical project deliverables in the absence of a vice president and in the face of […]

Large U.S. Independent Practice Association Improves Service, Efficiency and Compliance

IMPROVE SERVICE to health plan participants, ensure compliance with health plan contract SLA’s, and increase the efficiency of IPA and member-physician operations Project Focus Customer Service, Medical Affairs, and Claims Departments in Health Plan Association and Member Clinics Assess, redesign, and implement new workflows, processes, policies, procedures and operational structures Improve service and performance Client […]

Big 10 University Veterinary Medical Center Improves Service, Efficiency and Patient Flow

IDENTIFY AND REALIZE POTENTIAL contributions from improving the productivity and effectiveness of a teaching, research and practicing Veterinary Medical Center to optimize capacity, and increase competitiveness and profitability Project Focus Document and evaluate current operations, and develop specific recommendations and implementation plans to increase revenue, service, quality, productivity and morale while sustaining ongoing operations and […]

Top 5 U.S. Home Healthcare Provider – Service Center Consolidation Feasibility Study & Pilot

ASSESS THE FEASIBILITY and performance impacts of consolidating customer service call center operations, design and support an implementation plan for the consolidation of three centers into one location as a consolidation pilot Project Focus Assess workflows, functions, activities, policies, procedures, and practices of the three call centers intaking new patients and orders to identify opportunities and barriers to consolidation.  Conduct […]

Top 10 U.S. Metro Daily Newspaper Advertising Sales & Audience Development

REDESIGN RETAIL ADVERTISING SALES incentive programs, goal setting, communications, territory alignment, inbound sales/contact functions, improve service, quality and productivity Project Focus Redesign Retail Advertising sales incentive programs, goal setting, communications, and territory alignment Redesign Classified Advertising incentives, goal setting, communications, and inbound sales/contact operations Consolidate Classified and Circulation Call Centers to improve service, quality and […]

National Cable TV IT-Solutions Delivery – Intake & Delivery Process Design

MARKET PRESSURES DRIVE URGENT AND EVER-CHANGING PRIORITIES – New products, multiple delivery channels, accelerated launch deadlines, increasing demand, internal systems development projects all contribute to dynamically changing capacity, project coordination and delivery challenges Recently reorganized department with multiple approaches and levels of compliance to project prioritization and management (Solution Development Life Cycle) needs departmental leadership […]

National Cable Television Co. – Procurement, Warehouse & Facilities Consolidation

ENGAGED TO ASSIST NEWLY NAMED CORPORATE LEADERS of these teams with reorganizing, consolidating and standardizing procurement, warehouse and facilities operations to form corporate functions previously managed at division and regional levels.  We guided them to establish corporate-wide performance standards, assess current operations across the company and select or develop best practices, systems, equipment,  organization models […]

Regional Cable MSO Dispatch Realignment

IDENTIFY PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES related to process and organizational re-alignment across 13 dispatch operations spanning four states.  Particular interest in determining if dynamic routing, dispatch and/or consolidation of dispatch operations would make sense Project Focus Conduct an operational assessment of representative locations to determine: What would be gained in terms of improved customer and employee […]

A National Cable TV System With 450,000+ Customers

ESTABLISH A CUSTOMER-FOCUSED ENVIRONMENT and dramatically improve service performance in a company where the merger of former competitors had resulted in internal conflict and dysfunction Project Focus Provide a full organizational assessment, redesign and implementation of operational models that provide a vehicle for achieving “world class” customer service within an 18-month window.  This work encompassed […]

A National Cable TV System With 450,000+ Customers

CREATE A CONSOLIDATED, COHESIVE IS/IT DEPARTMENT comprised of existing staff while taking the IT organization to the next level of performance Project Focus To identify and gain a clear understanding of the IS/IT, Engineering and Technical Operations technology environments as they relate to workflow, process, service, performance and organization structure; and develop an operational model […]

Major Metropolitan County – Service Center Operations Structural Review & Assessment

ANALYZE THE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE AND MIX OF SERVICES offered through the County Taxpayer Service Centers and offer recommendations for Centers to operate more effectively and/or provide services that are more responsive to market demands Project Focus Two work day engagement to find ways to maintain and improve service while reducing cost structure Reviewed benchmark information […]

Top 5 U.S. Home Healthcare Equipment, Supplies and Respiratory Therapy Provider

QUICKLY REDUCE ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE ADJUSTMENTS, write-offs and collection time for a company with $1.2 Billion annual revenue and over 350 offices throughout the U.S. Project Focus Review revenue management operations at representative location(s) to identify collection performance barriers and opportunities, design a “high performance revenue management model” and plan for implementation throughout the company, and […]

Top Ten Metro Daily Newspaper

IMPROVE SERVICE QUALITY AND PRODUCTIVITY LEVELS related to Retail Advertising Sales and Support, Pre-Press, Ad Production and Spec Ad design to reduce labor costs and adjustments to revenue while increasing Customer Satisfaction. To increase Classified Advertising revenue, improve customer service, and reduce abandoned calls, makegoods, adjustments and other costs.  To increase Circulation sales effectiveness and […]

Major Metropolitan Newspaper – Classified Advertising Department

INCREASE ADVERTISING REVENUE, improve customer service, and reduce abandoned calls, makegoods, adjustments and other costs Project Focus Assess, redesign and implement new workflows, practices, procedures and organization structure to improve quality, service and productivity, and reduce costs in the classified sales, administration and accounting departments. Financial and Operating Benefits 21% increase in revenue per hour […]

Major Metro Cable TV System with Multiple Locations Increases Service and Lowers Cost

DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT NEW OPERATIONAL MODELS that would position the organization to meet the vision of consistently delivering exceptional customer service Project Focus To improve customer service and quality levels while capturing opportunities for greater productivity and efficiency in field services, customer care, preventative maintenance and tap audit operations. Financial and Operating Benefits Opportunities were […]

Major Metro Advertising Operations

IMPROVE QUALITY, SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY by changing how and when ads are ordered and processed resulting in a high performance management model and culture that drive continuous improvement Project Focus To design and implement a new operational model which includes ad operations, pre-press, sales, marketing, interactive media and supplements departments.  A team was formed to […]

Major Metro Cable TV Contact Center

ENHANCE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE CONTACT CENTER of a major metro provider of cable TV, high-speed data and telephony services during a time of rapid growth, increased competition, and the introduction of complex new products and business information systems Project Focus Lead an internal team in the redesign and implementation of a new Customer Contact […]

Public Safety Radio Communications System Implementation Planning And Design

DEVELOP THE MASTER PROJECT PLAN for the design and implementation of an interoperable 800 MHz trunked subsystem The system is for a core metropolitan county encompassing police, fire, EMS services and 911 Dispatch for 13 municipalities, all sheriff’s departments and Homeland Security/Emergency Management, to be part of a shared regional public safety and public service […]

Large Metro Daily Newspaper

PROVIDE STRUCTURE AND GUIDANCE to an Optimization Leadership Team assigned to develop an optimal operational redesign of the circulation and manufacturing operations from “deadline to doorstop” while identifying near-term opportunities for improvement in service, quality and efficiency and a plan for their implementation that would deliver cash flow savings and service improvements Project Focus To […]

Large Metro Daily Newspaper

ENHANCE THE SUCCESS OF AN INTERNAL TEAM chartered to identify ways to increase productivity and time to sell, and to reduce errors in the advertising department Project Focus Review process mapping and analysis work performed by internal teams and provide guidance regarding areas and methods for more penetrating documentation, analysis and recommendation development. Financial Benefits […]

Healthcare Linen Services Company

REDESIGN THE OPERATING MODEL and quickly improve service, quality and productivity performance The organization was missing order commitments, losing inventory and running well below industry productivity benchmarks and the plant management team was in process of being replaced. Project Focus Based on our assessment, a new workflow, new schedules, staffing models, organization model, work aids […]

Major Metropolitan Newspaper Agency – Classified Advertising & Accounting Departments

IMPLEMENT A CUSTOMER-FOCUSED ORGANIZATION to increase revenue, service and operational performance Project Focus Beginning with departmental mission and standards, assess, redesign and implement new workflows, processes, practices, and organization structure to increase revenue through improved quality, service and productivity, and reduce costs in the classified sales, and accounting departments; optimize utilization of electronic systems and […]

Large National Medical Equipment And Supplies Provider

DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT A VIABLE QUICK HIT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM that would generate an immediate performance lift in the collectable accounts receivable area and provide the foundation for continuous improvement.  An additional criterion was to deliver this program in less than five calendar weeks Project Focus Evaluated and improved processes, workflows, procedures and tools that ensured […]

Large National Medical Equipment And Supplies Provider

The client has a subsidiary HME company that has a backlog of over 1300 patient accounts representing approximately $4 million of unresolved, aged accounts receivable and have no viable way to rationalize estimates of recoverability, write offs or reserve requirements.  They wish to assess the situation and collect maximum possible revenue while implementing “high impact” […]

Mid-Sized New Media Organization

DEVELOP “BEST PRACTICE” MODELS for the post-sale, production, maintenance, service and billing elements related to these services as well as an effective, efficient approach for implementation and training at various customer sites that will ensure quality and service performance that drives customer retention and growth for a new media organization has developed software to facilitate […]

Weekly Newspaper Organization Publishing 15+ Mastheads

GENERATE IMMEDIATE PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS AND COST REDUCTIONS in the editorial and pagination areas of a multi-location weekly newspaper Project Focus Design and lead an operational assessment of pagination, ad order entry and editorial areas to identify opportunities, and develop recommendations with related cost benefit analysis and implementation plan. Financial Benefits In excess of 20% of […]

A Middle Market Newspaper in the U.S.

INCREASE CIRCULATION AND RETENTION, customer service, and operational performance and establish continuous improvement practices in the Circulation Customer Service Call Center and eight Distribution Centers Project Focus Designed and implemented a customer focused Circulation Distribution and Customer Service operational model to improve customer service quality and overall performance Reorganized and streamlined work flows to improve […]

One of the 10 Largest Newspapers In The U.S. Improves Service and Customer Retention

INCREASE HOME DELIVERY CIRCULATION, CUSTOMER SERVICE, customer retention and improve operational performance so that service, quality and retention are maintained long term, while reducing costs Project Focus Conducted an operational assessment, designed and implemented the recommendations for a “customer focused” Circulation Distribution and Sales Organization to increase retention, service, quality and operational performance while reducing […]

One Of The 10 Largest Newspapers In The U.S.

IMPROVE AND STANDARDIZE CIRCULATION ACCOUNTING PRACTICES and systems and create efficiencies and profits in the process Project Focus Reorganized and streamlined workflows in circulation accounting, which improved service, cash management and quality. Financial Benefits 25% reduction in calculation errors in Single Copy Centers 50% reduction in turnaround time for cash application (2 days to 1 […]

Fast-Growing Manufacturer with Global 25,000+ Multi-Level Sales Force – IT Help Desk

DESIGN AN OPERATIONAL MODEL FOR AN INTERNAL PC SUPPORT HELP DESK and an action plan for its implementation in multiple locations throughout the U.S.  Simply stated, create a “World-Class Help Desk Operation” Project Focus Evaluated existing levels of customer service, process work flows, controls, communications and project management systems that influence the relationship between the […]

A National Healthcare Provider

A HOME DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT COMPANY SUBSIDIARY has a large backlog of claims and weak revenue management/collections processes and policies in place. They wish to move forward on due diligence proceedings with a prospective buyer of the subsidiary company. This situation has stalled the sales process and placed them at risk for assessment of severe […]

A State in the Process of Completing Planning Tasks for the Implementation of a Regional Public Safety Wireless Communication System

DESIGN AND FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF TALKGROUP plans and radio features selection for eight state agencies that will bring the project back on schedule Alliant Joined When Talkgroup planning process is 7 – 8 months behind Delays caused increased cost to vendor and the state Further delays will compromise deployment and add significant cost Planning […]

Weekly Newspaper Organization Publishing 20+ Mastheads

IDENTIFY WAYS TO IMPROVE QUALITY AND SERVICE while significantly reducing labor costs in a multi-location weekly newspaper Project Focus Assessment of workflows, staffing, scheduling, skills and systems related to pagination, ad order entry and editorial. Financial Benefits Identified opportunities to achieve: 8% annualized labor cost reductions in editorial and production 50% reduction in page handling […]

A National Healthcare Provider

ANALYZE AGED ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE (>180 DAYS), determine causes for nonpayment, procure required documentation and collect maximum possible revenue while implementing “high impact” operational changes to stop the continuing build-up of aging accounts receivable in a subsidiary HME company Project Focus Provided expertise and management for a special collections team to work aged accounts, acquire necessary […]

A Middle Market Newspaper in the U.S.

DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT AN AD FLOW MODEL that improves and perpetuates overall customer service, quality and revenue performance Project Focus Designed and implemented a streamlined Ad Flow Model impacting Advertising Sales, Production, Marketing Development, Finance, and a newly designed department, Ad Central.  The new ad flow structure provided an enhanced quality assurance process designed to […]

A Large Newspaper In A Highly Competitive Metropolitan Market

TRANSFORM OPERATIONS in Advertising, Marketing, Finance and Production departments for improved customer service, quality, and productivity, and overall revenue performance Project Focus Design a viable operating model that meets the goals established by executive management, document and assess the current operations, and develop an implementation plan to move from the current state to the new […]

One of the 10 Largest Newspapers in the U.S.

IMPROVE SERVICE QUALITY AND PRODUCTIVITY LEVELS related to Sales and Advertiser Support, Pre-Press, Ad Production and Spec Ad design to reduce labor costs and adjustments to revenue while increasing Customer Satisfaction Project Focus Conducted an operational assessment, designed and implemented the recommendations for a “customer focused” Sales and Production Organization.  Reorganized and streamlined workflows to […]

A Middle Market Newspaper

IMPLEMENT ORGANIZATIONAL AND OPERATIONAL CHANGES in advertising sales and the ad flow process focusing on customer service, quality, and productivity performance improvements designed to generate increased advertising revenue, improve ad quality, and reduce adjustment and makegood costs Project Focus Designed and implemented programs to improve sales, customer service and overall performance.  Reorganized and streamlined work […]

National Cable MSO –Field Support Services: Dispatch and Event Management Centers

ESTABLISH A FIELD SUPPORT SERVICES ORGANIZATION; design and implement a standardized operating model to improve efficiency and effectiveness of field services dispatch and the monitoring and coordination of responses to HFC plant failures across a 2M + subscriber region encompassing two major metro markets and surrounding areas Project Focus Lead and supported internal teams to […]

National Cable MSO Network Operations Center

COMMUNICATION REGARDING NETWORK OUTAGES (customer impact, fix efforts, repair status, etc.) was reactive, incomplete and/or unclear and often misdirected. This created confusion, frustration for leadership and Care staff, and in some cases interfered with repair efforts Project Focus Design and lead a review of the NOC and key fix agent functions to identify factors contributing […]

National Cable MSO Contractor Performance Management

REFRAMING CONTRACTOR RELATIONSHIPS TO improve quality and reduce installation and service costs, from contract redesign through order fulfillment, invoicing and quality control across 10+ U.S. divisions Project Focus Review and adjust contract elements and contractor management practices across the company to implement a common operating model that includes standards of performance, new quality assurance methods […]

Metro Public Safety Radio System 911 Dispatch Center Design

A METROPOLITAN COUNTY ENCOMPASSING police, fire, EMS services and 911 Dispatch for 13 municipalities, all sheriff’s departments and Homeland Security/Emergency Management is joining the Regional 800 MHz Communication System, developing its own subsystem in concert with the overall regional communications plan Project Focus Recognizing the transition to an interoperable, digital trunked radio system from traditional […]

Small Market Daily Newspaper Advertising Sales and Production

INCREASE AD THROUGHPUT, QUALITY AND SERVICE while reducing ad errors and Advertiser adjustments to revenue Project Focus Designed and implemented a reorganized Advertising Sales and Production Organization Improve customer service, quality, operating effectiveness and increase advertising revenue Through decreased revenue adjustments Financial Benefits 41% reduction in number of credit adjustments 14% reduction in dollars per […]

National Cable MSO Network Operations Center

COMMUNICATION REGARDING NETWORK OUTAGES (customer impact, fix efforts, repair status, etc.) was reactive, incomplete and/or unclear and often misdirected. This created confusion, frustration for leadership and Care staff, and in some cases interfered with repair efforts Project Focus Design and lead a review of the NOC Fix agent functions to identify factors contributing to and […]

National Cable MSO IT Organization

PROVIDED AN INFORMED, OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE to a fast growing cable communications company as to how the IT/IS functions should be restructured to provide the services, products and resources necessary to serve each of the division operations and functional areas with their systems and technology needs Project Focus Review IT/IS functions within 4 regions’ and 11 […]

Top 10 Canadian Newspaper Audience Development

IMPROVE OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE to better serve its audience and advertisers, and to protect and grow its market share Project Focus Newspaper telemarketing sales, single copy, and delivery operations Redesigned and implemented standardized work-flows, processes, policies, procedures and organization structure Increase service, retention, quality and performance while reducing costs Client Gains: Financial and Operating Benefits 19% […]

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