For the past 20 years, I have relied on Joe Kreuz for his uncanny knack of recognizing business talent, especially in WNY. So, by his recommendation, I was recently on LinkedIn reading the profile of Erin O’Brien, Assistant Dean, Director of Graduate Programs at University at Buffalo School of Management, and I was enjoying her adroit ‘business speak’ as she detailed her career history. She articulated her job chronicle in a vernacular that could serve as a building block for any corporate novitiate. There were a couple of her job descriptions that I thought would play well in our c1 world, so I borrowed freely [I hope she sees that as a compliment].
Here’s what I came up with this afternoon [as I set out to further describe our nascent Advantage Business Exchange]:
The Advantage Business Exchange [ABX] is putting together a remarkable group of professionals, combining their unique and diverse expertise into an effective program dedicated to providing our clients with unique access to our spend reduction and category procurement and development solutions. As business unit leaders artfully steer their organization through the demands of a dynamic global experience, we provide an appropriate focus on developing a clean architecture with embedded processes and governance to ensure continual complexity control.
Armed with our aptly named Savings & Solutions Program, ABX is prepared to help facilitate a sustainable growth and results agenda, providing a speed to benefit for our clients without the cumbersome introduction of a burdensome and invasive consulting engagement. ABX provides an independent acceleration module that bypasses the complexities inherent in the very structure our clients created.
One of the key resources of ABX is the c1 Cloud Solutions Group [CSG]. The Cloud Solutions Group provides our clients with a full compliment of resources to build and support a flexible cloud matrix that enables, encourages, and ensures ongoing paradigm shifts through the simple restructuring of elements providing maximum speed to benefit and cross-platform recognition throughout their organization.
The Cloud Solutions Group provides cloud solutions to end-user companies that spend strategically — and want to save significantly — on the cost of cloud resources. We provide consistent engagement with client management to align core strategies with appropriate investments in cloud technologies, achieving maximum effectiveness. We also oversee successful cloud initiative implementation, in order to ensure achieving positive returns.
The Cloud Solutions Group helps local, national, and global enterprises recognize the benefits of an organized cloud service program including price, development, implementation, and provider consistencies. This makes a standardized, centrally managed approach to cloud services possible, which is infinitely more efficient than fragmented in-house activities.
c1 also serves as the strategic IT interface with our clients’ business units and as a consultant to their management team. Our main focus is to establish and maintain value-driven, strategic relationships with our clients’ business units and to proactively manage business demand for seamless and scalable cloud solutions.
We partner with our client’s Chief Information Officer in providing cloud resource vision and direction for assigned business units; as well as aligning cloud solutions with business strategies, making a vital contribution to the business units’ strategic-planning processes.