Mr Ashade is an approved Senior Consultant at Appleton Greene and he has experience in management, production and customer service. He has achieved a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He has industry experience within the following sectors: Energy; Oil & Gas; Manufacturing; Utilities and Electronics. He has had commercial experience within the following countries: United States of America and India, or more specifically within the following cities: Dallas TX; Houston TX; Saginaw MI; Laurel MS and Bangalore. His personal achievements include: Top Account Management Award; implemented operational improvement processes; improved plant operations performance; strategic planning for Fortune 500 and grew revenues $24M to $75M. His service skills incorporate: strategic planning; sales improvement; process improvement; vendor management and performance measurement.
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Business Operations in the most native sense can be thought of as the heartbeat of any successful organization. In other words, it is the implementation of one’s stated Business Strategy or Business Model. One can also look at it as the interconnecting highway that allows various parts of the organization to co-depend on one another to be successful. Sales cannot be successful without the operations team to ensure top quality products. Operations cannot be successful without feedback from the marketing team on the perceived quality of the product or services. And Operations team cannot continue to operate without the finance team ensuring timely cashflow. And so in its most basic element, one can look at Business Operations as the management of the relationship between the cost of goods sold and the revenue generated from their sale. We have all heard stories of the once upon a time giants of the industry that suddenly woke up one day and realized they were no longer relevant and realized they had ignored the signs until it is too late. We also have many lesser known stories of the small companies that had a great offering, but didn’t understand how to navigate the market dynamics properly and ended up going bankrupt. The common denominator is that each became too comfortable operating as is and then waiting till it was too late to make the necessary changes to survive.
But before one can make the necessary improvement to any particular area, one must understand where they currently are. To do this, one can utilize a 5-level process maturity continuum that goes as follows: Level 1: Initial (Chaotic, Adhoc) – This is generally an undocumented, reactive process that usually mainly seeks to stoke the largest fires; Level 2: Repeatable – This is a more developed, yet still most reactive process that has shown levels of repeated success and so therefore as long as the change agent is still present within the company, it can still be utilized; Level 3: Defined – This is the stage where the process is documented and understood as the standard of operations though mostly static with updates done on a fairly low degree over time; Level 4: Managed – This is the stage management can effectively manage current AS-IS process. They then can introduce feedback loop mechanisms that allow for timely process improvement, without material degradation of the process; Level 5: Optimization – At this state, process performance is optimal and the further improvement is only achievable via innovative technological interventions. No matter what part of the organization one is dealing with, this metric system can always act as a compass to ensure continuous growth and improvement.
While undertaking a process improvement initiative it’s important to utilize a methodology. In order to ensure a successful outcome, I follow the below 6 steps: 1. Define The Problem – A mutual understanding of the scope of the problem is essential being that this will help set the tone for which department(s) within the organization would be essential in helping to eventual help resolve the issue(s). This would could involve either one or more of the following toolsets: brainstorming sessions, ideation workshops, interviewing of key stakeholders and questionnaires. The data points collected in this exercise will help to either further enhance the proper identification of the problem; 2. Determine the Root Cause(s) of the Problem – Once the symptom(s) has been identified, and a tentative definition of the problem has been achieved, then the next step would be to see which (internal/external) (departments/agents) control each identified symptom so as to make sure if they are also required in Step 1, a parallel effort to include them in the problem definition takes place; 3. Identify Multiple Solution Options – In this step a creative problem solving exercise takes place to generate a number of potential solutions, while making sure they relate to the identified problem so as to ensure continuous focus on identified topic; 4. Select a Solution – In this process, the identified solution(s) are then analyzed for strength’s and weakness and then ranked. Then a “feasibility” test is then deployed looking at the following factors: Can it be implemented in an acceptable time frame; Can it be implemented within stated budget boundaries; How reliable is this solution; Will there be an efficient utilization of system and resources; Is it flexible enough in a potential ever changing environment.
Once it passes the above test, then the next step would be to identify if the solution(s) are technically feasible in the current environment, and if the respective change agents that will implement this find it acceptable. To test its acceptability, below is the methodology: Would the implementers support the solution and consider it an appropriate utilization of their time and energy; Are the risks manageable; Will the solution benefit the intended audience; Would it benefit the organization; 5. Implement the Solution – Once a solution is identified, the following must take place: What must be done and who will implement it; What will be the start date and key milestones to monitor; What actions will be carried out and why are they considered essential checkpoints to the viability of the solution; 6. Evaluate the Outcome: This is where the question “Did this resolve and address the identified problem statement” gets answered. Once this is identified as an agreed upon solution, the next and equally important step would be to introduce a feedback loop that ensures continuous improvement overtime and eliminate the potential of the solution becoming irrelevant at a future date, or at least trigger a review of the implemented solution when necessary.
Companies can elect whether they just require Appleton Greene for advice and support with the Bronze Client Service, for research and performance analysis with the Silver Client Service, for facilitating departmental workshops with the Gold Client Service, or for complete process planning, development, implementation, management and review, with the Platinum Client Service. Ultimately, there is a service to suit every situation and every budget and clients can elect to either upgrade or downgrade from one service to another as and when required, providing complete flexibility in order to ensure that the right level of support is available over a sustainable period of time, enabling the organization to compensate for any prescriptive or emergent changes relating to: Customer Service; E-business; Finance; Globalization; Human Resources; Information Technology; Legal; Management; Marketing; or Production.
The Business Operations Strategy objective is to insure proper alignment between a client’s stated strategy and its various internal departments to ensure optimal success. This objective is achieved by enlisting Senior Consultant (Mr Ashade) to engage with identified key stakeholders to help ensure success of implemented solutions drawing upon his vast array of experience in various departments within the organization such as Sales, Corporate Planning, Finance, and Operations, understanding how they operate and relate to one another. Benefits that could be enjoyed by the client are as listed, but not limited to: improved ROI (Return on Investment), reduced TCO (total cost of ownership), introduction of change management where necessary, continuous process improvement, and a periodical CSAT (Customer SATisfaction) assessment to ensure continuous feedback on acceptability of proposals.
The following list represents the Key Service Objectives (KSO) for the Appleton Greene Business Operations service.
- Data Gathering
Data Gathering is the portion of the engagement where a review of the following takes place while making for adjustments for whether the client provides service or products to it’s customers: 1) Forecasting Review – a combination of the clients Market Demand Forecasting, New Product Forecasting Process and Promotional Product Forecasting is done to see how the aggregated consensus demand forecasting is derived; 2)Production Scheduling – A review of this process is done see how close to a JIT (Just In Time) process is in place and the gap that could be further closed; 3) Evaluate Supply Side constraints and how they affect production and inventory planning; 4) Inventory Optimization – a review of the as-is inventory management process and how greater transparency can lead to a more cost effective interaction between Supply Chain, Production/Delivery Group and Vendors; 5)Customer Service Level Results – review the current feedback from customers to see what internal problems are visible to the client and how to strategize around improving that so as to improve upon one’s mindshare within the customer’s ecosystem.
- Sales Planning
A review of the Sales Planning cycle is done and can be divided into 5 components: 1) Historical Sales Forecasting vs Historical Sales Performance: Is there a huge gap between Best Estimate (BE) at the beginning of the year and the realized revenue? How often is the BE adjusted and what constitutes the calculation of this; 2) Sales Plan Development Review: Is the Sales forecast done via a Top Down Approach, Bottom Up Approach or a hybrid. And how are these both balanced so as to result in more accurate forecasting; 3) Essential Partnership: A review of the partnership and level of interaction/input between the following group is done (Finance, Marketing, Sales, Product Development and HR). The more interactive the partners are, the easier it is to achieve business objectives; 4) Structural Plan Elements would be unique to each client, with a review of the following: Product/Service Mix, Channel of Sales (Direct Sales, Re-sellers, multi-tier distribution, retail, online, VAR (value added resellers), Customer Status Review (Sales to New Customers, Sales to Existing Customers and Customer Retention Rate), Market Segments (Industry Verticals vs Service Line Horizontals), Account Segmenting (Global, National, Basic Accounts), Geographic Position (North America, MENA, SSA, APAC, Europe, Russia, Latin America); 5) Action Test: Looking at the ability of the sales personnel to utilize the current sales plan to deliver.
- Supply-Chain Planning
In order to access the health of one’s current status, a review of the company’s ability to adopt the 5 items listed should be done: 1) Ability to move to real-time supply chain planning; 2) Linking Supply Chain Planning and Enterprise (S&OP and Finance) Planning; 3) Improved anticipation to end customer demand; 4) Leveraging multiple real-time data points to improve supply chain process; 5) Access flexibility to adapt to potential disruptions in Supply Chain and how to mitigate those risks.
- Partner Meeting
This is where mechanisms are introduced to help break down silos that exists within various departments in the company (Manufacturing, Purchasing, Sales, Finance, HR, Marketing, Marketing). A review with the stakeholders would take place in regards to some of the current positive inter-planning occurring and some of the improvements that could take place to help make things better.
- Executive Meeting
An executive summary is provided to the top decision maker, highlighting the key discussion points and issues brought up in the Partnership meeting. The recommended plan is then reviewed and the strategy on the implementation of it.
While at Infosys there were 2 major initiatives that I championed that would be of great benefit to other clients. One was implementing a system that would help reduce our DSO (Days of Sales Outstanding). A key factor in this was change management which was to remodel our internal system and team structure while also working with the client and advising them on how to help us to become jointly aligned. Due to this, I was able to reduce our DSO which ranged from 65-120 days on a quarterly basis to approximately 45 days. This of course greatly improved our cash flow for a $100M+ Book of Business in our practice. I then was tasked with evangelizing this to our other practices to help with their DSO Improvements as well. The second Initiative was to help with our practice’s overall Account Management and Operations structure. This involved improving sales forecasting (Went from a 15% delta in pre-quarter forecast vs end of quarter booked business to less than 5%), Also due to improved Account Planning, was able to help grow a key account from $0 to $25M per year over a 2-year period and won an Account Management Award for this in 2013-2014 (Awarded to the top 5 out of 8,000 sales professionals company-wide). Was also able to improve our hiring practice which improved our net revenue loss of $5M per quarter due to not being able to staff client engagements to less than $1M per quarter. This was a 80% improvement that resulted in a net gain of $16M per year to our top line.
Annual Revenue at one of the manufacturing plants was approximately $170M per year. However, warranty costs (this was the cost associated with addressing post sale quality issues of the product) were historically 3% of annual revenue. I was tasked with reducing this line item by 30% for the year. I was able to get this reduced to 1.3% of annual revenue which equated to a 58% improvement, or almost double the initial goal.
Delphi Automotive Systems
While at Delphi I was able to help with 2 key Improvements. The first was to help reduce cycle time. To give further details on this, typically in an automotive plant, you would have an assembly line where multiple parts are put together to provide a final assembled product. For this particular plant it was the assembly of the vehicle electronic control. During this process heat is involved and as you can imagine, trying to utilize water to cool down an electronic device was not an option. And with this being a 24/7 operated plant, the bottle neck of the operation was to wait for a welded piece to cool down so as to continue completion of assembled control. I therefore created a device that would now force cold air unto the product and more importantly that could be unmanned (the previous method involved someone having to manually utilize an air hose to cool the device). The introduction of this allowed an FTE reduction of 1 person across 3 shifts which resulted in an annual savings of over $100K per year. Also while at Delphi, I spearheaded our lab getting accredited under A2LA (American Associate for Lab Accreditation). This allowed our lab to go from being purely a cost center, to now being a profit center since it could now perform Transient Immunity Testing for the Big 3 Automakers (GM, Ford and Chrysler). This was also part of my thesis as well. This allowed us to now generate $4M per year in new revenue based upon the accreditation.
In 2008, I worked with Pizza Hut’s CFO team to do a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of the Quick Service Restaurant Industry Leaders historical and go forward strategies and based on this was able to provide insights into how to enhance their current market positioning. I then did a review of their 3 year go forward strategy to look into how to better position themselves competitively and take advantage of upcoming trends. Based upon this, was able to recommend multiple initiatives, including increasing their offering of healthier choices due to the new trend of improved dieting as well as utilizing this as a differentiator. In addition to this, also advised them to introduce breakfast offering via Taco Bell, to increase their revenue per store without additional infrastructure investment while cutting into the breakfast market share of their competitors (McDonalds and Burger King). And as we can now see this has now been implemented and quite successful.
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The Energy is constantly evolving. Over time as industries have evolved, the amount of energy and more importantly the mix of industry has constantly evolved as well. But this is where we need to collectively understand the complex dynamics shaping up in the world today in order to better project the future. On one hand, between now and 2050, the world’s population is expected to increase by 36% to 10 billion, and the world’s GDP is expected double. While on the surface that would imply that energy demand will continue to project upwards, that could be misleading and here is why. Much of the growth in the population will be from longer life expectancy which will in turn increase the unemployment figures, and place a strain on GDP growth. Also the more powerful growth engine for GDP will be the increased dependency on the service based economy as opposed to the manufacturing based economy. And as technology and process improvement on both demand and supply side increases, the resulting energy efficiency by product would indeed lead to lower rate of growth (currently projected to be about 0.7% CAGR till 2050).
And so as you may wonder, what would this mean for the different mix of energy sources? Well for the Oil and Gas sector, Crude Oil can expect a CAGR of less than 1% (with the larger adoption of electric vehicles and better fuel efficiency), while Gas will carry the bulk of the growth at approximately 1.5%. For the Coal Industry with the increased mandate to reduce carbon footprint, Coal demand is expected to peak around 2035 and then start its slow decline. However, for the electricity sector, this will be the sector expected to see the biggest share of growth. With the increase in demand expected to be led by BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) as they continue to experience and explosion in new infrastructure, a large percentage of this demand will be met by solar and wind energy sources fueling the next step up growth in the renewable energy industry.
Oil & Gas
The downturn in the oil and gas industry from a previous high of $147 exposed the fact that most of the companies were operating with a highly inflated cost base with the illusion of a constantly increasing price of oil deprioritizing efficient operative initiatives that could have addressed this. With the new “norm” of lower oil prices in the $40 range, companies are now forced into looking at ways to increase operational efficiency, rationalize investment decisions and reduce operational costs. Some of the initiatives currently underway to address this include head count reduction, decrease in non-essentials such as travel when a web conference would suffice, minimizing inventory, delaying maintenance, deferring projects, and renegotiation of contracts with suppliers to help share the “burden”.
However once all the low hanging fruits are captured, the next big step would be introducing technology advances that now allow the industry survivors to better weather future hiccups. Despite the current hiccup, the future of the industry appears bright. World population is on par to grow from 7 billion to 8.6 billion through 2035. In that period of time, World GDP is also scheduled to grow from $100 Trillion to approximately $210 Trillion, and will provide employment to 2.5 million people globally. These factors will fuel a continuous need for the Oil and Gas to supply our energy needs and therefore continue to be an integral part of our future.
The growth path of manufacturing has always been fascinating. In developing countries, as manufacturing transforms once agriculturally dominate economies to becoming more industrialized, this in turn leads to larger wage increases as the sophistication of the manufacturing operations improves and in turn increase the number of local consumers. This of course will further fuel the growth of their local economy until they reach the stage of the developed countries. In a developed country, manufacturing still plays a key role in GDP growth and exports. However, once it reaches 25% of GDP, a new paradigm shift occurs. Outsourcing of manufacturing starts to occur. Services (ranging from logistics to marketing) because an important mix in the final product. This then leads to needing to find more ways to gain productivity and efficiency. This need has allowed the current market growth around IOT (Internet of Things) and Big Data, to help develop smarter machines that can interact with one another, and better predict both outcome and failure rates.
But even with those initiatives, occurring at a macro level, at a micro level, this places an enormous amount of pressure on operations. Operations used to be seen at just an internal matter and introduction of JIT (Just in Time) was seen as a way to streamline manufacturing process while limiting bottle necks. But once we had reached a saturation point, we have now expanded that way of thinking to Supply Chain. This has allowed companies like Dell to use Just in Time delivery of products from their suppliers to reduce the amount of inventory needed and in turn reduce overall cost to their customers. And so as we can see, manufacturing will always be a fundamental part of our economy. But we must always be on the lookout for more efficient ways to produce a better product so we can keep up with ever changing consumer needs.
The utility industry at various segments has grown to be more competitive even while dealing with regulatory constraints. As opposed to most other industries, during a merger and acquisition, merging operation centers sometimes is not feasible since the need to retain regional support in each location though redundant have local demands that cannot be ignored. Also cost efficiency initiative sometimes take a backseat due to the fact regulators also demand that cost savings are to then be passed back on to costumers which could prove challenging when you are trying to improve one’s margins.
At the moment, the Utility industry has matured to the point where we have segmented the industry and greatly improved the efficiency from power generator to meter. The next step would now be to improve efficiency from meter to device. This is where the introduction of various technology advances such as IOT will allow devices to now talk to the meter, manage the demand of electricity within each individual home or building and better allow management of peak demand which in turn will hopefully reduce the number of black outs. With that said, coal over time will be less of an energy source, though overall market energy demand will continue to increase. This will then place even more pressure on energy sources such as gas and nuclear to pick up the slack. This will also require the need for quicker maturity of the alternative energy market (solar and wind). And so the need for continuous improvement of the industry will always be there making for a challenging and bright future.
Consumers Electronics is an important industry as its product catalog helps us meet a wide range of our daily needs. In this fast moving industry where shelf life could be as short as a year, adaptability is the name of the game. The sales in the industry are projected to top $220B. However, one constant yet important trend of note is the “ever-falling” price of the device. To help absorb lower prices dictated by the buying public, improving manufacturing automation and efficiency or outsourcing manufacturing, investment in R&D to adapt to rapid technological changes have typically been the tools used to combat this.
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Houston is the most populous city in Texas and 4th most populous city in the US with a population of 6 million in the metropolitan area. Houston started off with a majority of its economic base being in the energy sector (85% in 1981). However, over time it’s increased its diversity to the point where non-energy consists of approximately 50% of its total employment population including Manufacturing, Healthcare, Aeronautics, Finance and Transportation just to name a few. It is also home to 23 of the Fortune 500 companies. The list of companies headquartered in the region are breathtaking: Exxon Mobil; British Petroleum; Phillips 66; ConocoPhillips; Sysco; Baker Hughes; Marathon; Waste Management; CenterPoint Energy; KBR; FMC Technologies; Spectra Energy; Texas Medical Center and NASA just to name a few. A vast number of the refineries and factories can also be found on the outskirt of Houston as well as closer to the Beaumont area.
The city of Dallas has the 5th largest GDP in the US registering at a staggering figure of $504 Billion. The DFW metropolitan area also holds a population of 7.1 million. The industry mix in Dallas consists of banking, commerce, transportation and logistics, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, just to name a few. The list of companies headquartered in the metropolitan area could be seen as a list of who’s who: AT&T; Energy Transfer Equity; Fluor; American Airlines; Kimberly Clark; HollyFrontier; Southwest Airlines; Texas Instruments; Tenet Healthcare Corp; JC Penney; Dean Foods; GameStop; Celanese; Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Energy Future Holdings.
Detroit is the home of the automotive industry 14th most populous city in the US with a population of 4.3 million in the metropolitan area. Most of the Industry consists of the Major Automotive companies (GM, Ford, Chrysler), surrounded by a large network of automotive supplier’s co-dependent on one another for success. The list of Fortune 500 companies are: General Motors; Ford Motor; Comerica,; Visteon; CMS Energy; DTE and American Axle and Manufacturing.
Atlanta is the most populous city in Georgia and 9th most populous city in the US with a population of 5.5 million in the metropolitan area. The industry mix in Atlanta consists of logistics, business and professional services, media operations, information technology, just to name a few. Atlanta has a GDP of $270 Billion, making it the 8th largest in the country. It is also home to 20 Fortune 500 companies. They are: Mercedes Benz; Home Depot; UPS; Coca Cola; Aflac and First Data Corporation just to name a few.
Bangalore is the 3rd most populous city in India with a population of 8.4 million in the metropolitan area. Bangalore gained its nickname “Silicon Valley of India” for its role in for leading the revolution of IT outsourcing. Large IT players such as Infosys, Wipro, ISRO, Flipkart, Biocon, and HAL are all headquartered in the city and contribute to 33% of India’s IT exports. It also has a GDP of $83Billion, making it the 4th largest in India, behind Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. India is home to 57 Global 2000 companies. They are: Reliance Industries; ONGC; ICICI Bank; TCS; Bharti Airtel; Infosys; Wipro; Tata Steel; Mahindra and Mahindra; HCL and Adani Enterprises just to name a few.
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Siemens is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role. As of September 30, 2015, we had around 348,000 employees in more than 200 countries. In fiscal 2015, they generated revenues of €75.6 billion.
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Schlumberger is the world’s leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. Working in more than 85 countries and employing approximately 100,000 people who represent over 140 nationalities, Schlumberger supplies the industry’s most comprehensive range of products and services, from exploration through production and integrated pore-to-pipeline solutions for hydrocarbon recovery that optimize reservoir performance. Schlumberger has principal offices in Paris, Houston, London and The Hague. Revenue was $35.5 billion in 2015. Schlumberger stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, ticker symbol SLB, on the Euronext Paris, Euronext Amsterdam, London and the SIX Swiss stock exchanges. The Schlumberger offerings combine domain expertise, best practices, safe and environmentally sound well site operations, innovative technologies, and high-quality support aimed at helping its customers increase oilfield efficiency, lower finding and producing costs, improve productivity, maximize reserve recovery, and increase asset value in a safe, environmentally sound manner. Today, Schlumberger products and services include open-hole and cased-hole wireline logging; drilling services; well services, such as cementing, coiled tubing, stimulations and sand control; well completion services including well testing and artificial lift; interpretation and consulting services; and integrated project management. Strong technical and operational support to the field is vital to the success of any complex global operation that includes remote locations. The key is to provide real-time linkage with world-class experts and knowledge, delivering the latest and best problem-solving capabilities-anywhere, anytime. The company’s InTouchsupport.com knowledge management tool improves field access to Schlumberger technology centers through the most advanced IT tools, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Enhancing core E&P operations to improve production, increase reserves and drill better wells requires the integration of innovative information technology. Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) offers a unique combination of people and processes, technology and infrastructure, and real-time IT enablers-delivering key value-adding solutions to overcome a myriad of challenges confronting industry operational processes. SIS offers information management, software technology and infrastructure services. Combined with the domain experience available through the Business Consulting group, these enable oil and gas companies to enhance their workflows and achieve their goals. As the industry’s focus is moving towards maximizing post-plateau production and ultimate recovery, oil companies have to face more and more resource intensive projects. Integrated Project Management (IPM) is the Schlumberger response to this challenge and a significant growth area for Schlumberger. IPM activity is characterized by long-term relationships between the customer and Schlumberger. It offers a combination of engineering, process management and understanding of Schlumberger segment technologies. As well as providing technology and expertise, Schlumberger often works with local subcontractors to harness local knowledge and experience. Schlumberger Integrated Project Management (IPM) offers project coordination, turn-key well construction, production intervention and production incentive contracts. Since its inception in 1995, IPM has managed the drilling and completion of over 8,000 wells with over 60 million feet drilled. The benefits to the customer have included accelerated production, reduced capital expenditure and increased efficiency.
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Texas Instruments is an American technology company that designs and manufactures semiconductors, which it sells to electronics designers and manufacturers globally. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, United States, TI is one of the top ten semiconductor companies worldwide, based on sales volume. Texas Instruments’ focus is on developing analog chips and embedded processors, which accounts for more than 85 percent of their revenue. TI also produces TI DLP® technology and education technology products including calculators, microcontrollers and multi-core processors. To date, TI has more than 43,000 patents worldwide. Texas Instruments emerged in 1951 after a reorganization of Geophysical Service Incorporated, a company founded in 1930 that manufactured equipment for use in the seismic industry as well as defense electronics. TI produced the world’s first commercial silicon transistor in 1950 and designed and manufactured the first transistor radio in 1954. Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit in 1958 while working at TI’s Central Research Labs. TI also invented the hand-held calculator in 1967 and introduced the first single-chip microcontroller (MCU) in 1970, which combined all the elements of computing onto one piece of silicon. In 1987, TI invented the digital light processing device (also known as the DLP chip), which serves as the foundation for award-winning DLP technology and DLP Cinema. In 1990 TI came out with the popular TI- 81 calculator which made them a leader in the graphing calculator industry. In 1997, its defense business was sold to Raytheon, which allowed TI to strengthen its focus on digital solutions. After the acquisition of National Semiconductor in 2011, the company has a combined portfolio of nearly 45,000 analog products and customer design tools, making it the world’s largest maker of analog technology components.
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Consumers Energy is a public utility that provides natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents. It serves customers in all 68 of the state’s Lower Peninsula counties. It is the primary subsidiary of CMS Energy. The company was founded in 1886 and is currently headquartered in Jackson, Michigan. The company was founded in 1886 as Commonwealth Power Company by William A. Foote, who was originally tasked to install electric lighting in downtown Jackson. After a series of acquisitions and mergers involving other local electric, gas, and trolley companies which were properties of W.A. Foote, as well as Anton G. Hodenpyl and Henry. D. Walbridge, the company incorporated as Consumers Power Company in 1910 in Maine. It became part of the utility holding conglomerate Commonwealth and Southern, which held utilities in 10 other states. His wife later founded Foote Hospital, now Allegiance Hospital, also in Jackson, Michigan. Commonwealth and Southern dissolved in 1946, leaving Consumers Power (and all other utility holdings) an independent company. After serving Michigan for more than 80 years, the company reincorporated in Michigan in 1968 and maintained their headquarters in Jackson, Michigan. Consumers operated the Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant in Charlevoix from 1962 to 1997 and built the Palisades Nuclear Plant near South Haven in 1971, which was sold to Entergy. In 1968, Consumers Power began construction of a nuclear power plant in Midland, Michigan, primarily for the Dow Chemical Company. However, construction issues caused delays and increased costs. The Three Mile Island accident in 1979 resulted in a massive change in nuclear regulatory requirements and system redesign. When it was revealed the containment buildings were settling and foundation cracks were discovered, Dow cancelled their contract with Consumers Power, and the project was abandoned in 1984. The $4.1 billion investment nearly bankrupted Consumers Power. However, in 1985, Consumers Power formed a partnership with eight other companies to convert Midland’s abandoned nuclear plant into a natural gas-fired power plant. Transformation of the plant began in 1986 and was completed at a cost of $500 million. The Midland Cogeneration Venture began producing power in 1991 and that success restored faith in Consumers Power. In 1997, the name of the company was changed to Consumers Energy. In 2011, Consumers Energy received approval to establish a 100-megawatt wind energy facility in Michigan’s Mason County called Lake Winds Energy Park®. In 2014, the company announced their second wind farm in Tuscola County with a total investment of $250 million, and named it Cross Winds® Energy Park. By 2015, Consumers Energy produced ten percent of its electricity from renewable sources. In 2009, Consumers Energy launched comprehensive electric and natural gas energy efficiency programs that included rebates and incentives for homes and businesses. Consumers Energy’s trademark slogan is “Count on Us®,”, and it is the primary subsidiary of CMS Energy.
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Infosys is a global leader in technology services and consulting. We enable clients in more than 50 countries to create and execute strategies for their digital transformation. From engineering to application development, knowledge management and business process management, we help our clients find the right problems to solve, and to solve these effectively. Our team of 190,000+ innovators, across the globe, is differentiated by the imagination, knowledge and experience, across industries and technologies that we bring to every project we undertake. The Infosys Story – In 1981, seven engineers started Infosys Limited with just US$250. From the beginning, the company was founded on the principle of building and implementing great ideas that drive progress for clients and enhance lives through enterprise solutions. For over three decades, we have been a company focused on bringing to life great ideas and enterprise solutions that drive progress for our clients. We recognize the importance of nurturing relationships that reflect our culture of unwavering ethics and mutual respect. It’ll come as no surprise, then, that 98.8 percent (Q1 FY 17) of our revenues come from existing clients. Infosys has a growing global presence with more than 197,000+ employees. Globally, we have 85 sales and marketing offices and 114 development centers as at March 31, 2016. At Infosys, we believe our responsibilities extend beyond business. That is why we established the Infosys Foundation – to provide assistance to some of the more socially and economically depressed sectors of the communities in which we work. And that is why we behave ethically and honestly in all our interactions – with our clients, our partners and our employees.
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- Customer satisfaction
- Employee motivation
- Customer adaptability
- Customer retention
- Communication skills
- Skills training
- Client engagement
- Global partnerships
- Team work
- Continuous improvement
- Supplier relations
- Process management
- Cost reduction
- Process modeling
- Implementation planning
- Risk assessment
- Gap analysis
- Business growth
- Relationship management
- Change management
- Strategic planning
- Business strategy
- Risk management
- Increased profitability
- Market research
- Brand management
- Sales management
Monthly cost: USD $1,500.00
Time limit: 5 hours per month
Contract period: 12 months
Bronze service includes:
01. Email support
02. Telephone support
03. Questions & answers
04. Professional advice
05. Communication management
The Bronze Client Service (BCS) for Business Operations provides clients with an entry level option and enables client contacts to become personally acquainted with Mr. Ashade over a sustainable period of time. We suggest that clients allocate up to a maximum of 5 Key Employees for this service. Your Key Employees can then contact the consultant via email, whenever they feel that they need specific advice or support in relation to the consultant’s specialist subject. The consultant will also be proactive about opening and maintaining communications with your Key Employees. Your Key Employees can list and number any questions that they would like to ask and they will then receive specific answers to each and every query that they may have. Your Key Employees can then retain these communications on file for future reference. General support inquiries will usually receive replies within 48 hours, but please allow a period of up to 10 business days during busy periods. The Bronze Client Service (BCS) enables your Key Employees to get to know their designated Appleton Greene consultant and to benefit from the consultant’s specialist skills, knowledge and experience.
Monthly cost: USD $3,000.00
Time limit: 10 hours per month
Contract period: 12 months
Bronze service plus
01. Research analysis
02. Management analysis
03. Performance analysis
04. Business process analysis
05. Training analysis
The Silver Client Service (SCS) for Business Operations provides more time for research and development. If you require Mr. Ashade to undertake research on your behalf, or on behalf of your Key Employees, then this would understandably require more time and the Silver Client Service (SCS) accommodates this. For example, you may want your consultant to undertake some research into your management, performance, business, or training processes, with a view towards providing an independent analysis and recommendations for improvement. If any research and development, or business analysis is required, then the Silver Client Service (SCS) is for you.
Monthly cost: USD $4,500.00
Time limit: 15 hours per month
Contract period: 12 months
Bronze/Silver service plus
01. Management interviews
02. Evaluation and assessment
03. Performance improvement
04. Business process improvement
05. Management training
The Gold Client Service (GCS) for Business Operations is intended for more detailed evaluation and assessment, that may require your Key Employees to have monthly meetings or interviews with Mr. Ashade. These meetings and interviews can be conducted over the telephone, Skype, or by video conference if required. The consultant can also attend your business premises, an Appleton Greene office, or another mutually beneficial location, but please note that clients are responsible for the costs of any disbursements separately, including travel and accommodation. This service enables you to integrate the specific skills, knowledge and experience of your designated consultant into your Key Employee management team. The Gold Client Service (GCS) can also incorporate training workshops, business presentations and external meetings with customers, suppliers, associations, or any other business-related stakeholders.
Monthly cost: USD $6,000.00
Time limit: 20 hours per month
Contract period: 12 months
Bronze/Silver/Gold service plus
01. Project planning
02. Project development
03. Project implementation
04. Project management
05. Project review
The Platinum Client Service (PCS) for Business Operations is our flagship service and will be required if you need Mr. Ashade to facilitate the planning, development, implementation, management, or review of a particular project relating to his specialist subject, which would obviously require more time and dedication. This service enables you to reserve up to 12.5% of the consultant’s working month and provides a more hands-on service as and when required. If you need more time than this, then this can always be arranged, subject of course to the consultant’s ongoing availability. The benefit of having an external consultant involved in projects is they provide an independent perspective and are not influenced by internal politics, day-to-day responsibilities, or personal career interest. They provide objectivity, specific knowledge, skills and experience and will be entirely focused upon the tasks at hand. The Platinum Client Service (PCS) will provide your organization with a valuable resource as and when you need it.