Strategy execution consulting that helps companies achieve their vision

Strategy execution consulting that helps companies achieve their vision

Using our unique execution expertise, we go beyond implementation to truly solve your business challenges

Execution & Delivery

Executing strategies, accomplishing missions

Ready for us to implement our execution & delivery solutions in your organization? 

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When businesses undergo change, they often bring in outside consultants to help guide them through the process. The two work together tirelessly to ensure the consultants have a firm understanding of the business’ problems, and the consultants map out a theoretical strategy and steps to achieve success. The consultants then hand them a road map to success and the two parties part ways.

Most businesses lack the experience and expertise to execute the initiative laid out by consulting firms. And without strategy execution, these blueprints are simply good ideas. 

That’s where NorthStar Solutions Group comes in. We’re a management consulting firm focussed on strategy execution consulting, and we help clients bring their good ideas to life.

What Is Strategy Execution?

Businesses often have rock solid strategies to achieve their goals, and yet they just as often fail to achieve those goals. This happens because businesses without strategy execution experience haven’t mastered the art of strategy implementation. 

The real world is never as it appears on paper, and when things inevitably change, many businesses don’t know how to adaptively implement their strategy.

NorthStar Solutions Group has over 16 years of successful strategy delivery experience.  Delivering the strategy is all about putting ideas to work, and we work hard to align our clients’ strategy with their capabilities for flawless execution.

 

Results of our work

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    • Execution & Delivery
    • Technology Management

    Public Transport Company

    Reimagining remote and virtual desktop to save time and money

    The request

    Our client’s major requirement was a VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) solution to replace a shared Citrix desktop which, although working fine for several users, was not sufficiently secure or robust enough to handle up to 300 users.  The client also requested this deployment be based on Windows 10. 

    Solution and results

    NorthStar’s Citrix architects built and configured a Windows 10 VM (virtual machine) to the client’s specs with their necessary applications and configurations including Office 365.  NorthStar consultants completed this deployment in several rounds; first with a pilot group of 10 users to evaluate and test this new desktop solution.  With feedback and exhaustive testing, another deployment was completed.  The users encountered no issues with accessing their home drives or applications, such as Outlook, as well as all other network functionality. 

    Many issues that had plagued the old Citrix farm, such as applications requiring audio or video replay, could be accessed on a per user basis on their own VMs.  The VDIs were then rolled out to the users on an as needed basis.

    The NorthStar approach

    When a customer asks NorthStar for a solution, we make sure that we are addressing the base issue, and not just band-aiding a symptom.  When a client tells us that an application does not work in their existing infrastructure, we approach the situation from a new and inquisitive point of view. 

    By using this approach, this client was able to save tremendous amounts of time and effort.  Instead of having to sneaker-net applications and configurations to individual users and laptops throughout the organization, users were able to utilize Citrix storefront, a familiar web portal, to get the applications they need to do their job quickly and efficiently.

    • Data Science & Machine Learning
    • Execution & Delivery
    • Program & Project Management
    • Talent Management

    Worldwide Hospitality Corporation

    Consulting for enterprise PMO for data & analytics and data science departments

    Program & project management for data & analytics

    Our client was looking to NorthStar to provide a number of services; one of which was to provide program and project management for strategic projects within the PMO.  As data & analytics was a new department with in-flight strategic projects, NorthStar was required to balance the development and delivery of active projects with the establishment of functional organizational and engagement models. 

    Assessment & prioritization

    NorthStar assessed in-progress projects and then prioritized building frameworks and processes to match that work so that anything new was immediately relevant and actionable.  Any document or process created and implemented by NorthStar was usable and related to an in-flight project.  For example, NorthStar noticed the Data Science team had in-flight projects but was not integrated into the strategic projects effort.  A NorthStar senior project manager worked with the Data Science VP to plan for the adoption of the project management’s organizational and engagement models.  

    Roadmaps & timelines

    After a thorough analysis, NorthStar created a functional Data Science roadmap built out 24 months by month and quarter with resource assignments and gaps identified, as well as organized the team’s existing work portfolio of forecasts and models and created program governance and engagement processes.  Data science projects were not delayed during this time, and subsequently, the team was able to function more efficiently.  To further integrate data science into data & analytics, NorthStar created and defined an AI Council which helped data scientists better understand business questions and gave business teams a greater appreciation of what Data Science could do.  The AI Council provided a means for the hospitality company to turn data insights into actionable results. 

    Meeting success criteria

    The success of the AI Council came out of the intersection of program management and data science. Through our client’s data & analytics PMO, NorthStar delivered 10+ strategic projects covering many functional areas of Hilton – sales, marketing, Cloud, IT, DevOps, HR.  Additionally, the data science team delivered 6 projects in 1Q2020. NorthStar focused on how the program and project management strategy could provide a benefit to the teams rather than being simply a reporting and statusing team.  Another benefit was more alignment within departments in DnA and the larger organization.

    • Execution & Delivery
    • Organizational Change Management
    • Program & Project Management

    Fortune 50 Telecommunications Company

    Providing project management services in support of knowledge base migration

    Project execution consulting & organizational change management: a phased approach 

    For this knowledge base migration project, NorthStar provided project execution consulting as well as organizational change management.  Project activities consisted of providing overall project management such as defining and planning the schedule, building logs for changes, risks, issues, and building communication plans.  For the organization change work, we supported the resource, process and technology integration of multiple corporate, market, and vendor stakeholder groups.

    The project was split into phases; phase 1 included initial application set-up & configuration and infrastructure set-up, establishing national & initial market application architecture, and conducting knowledge transfer from vendor professional services.  

    Phase 2 included execution, control, and project close.  As a team who values strategy execution, our role in this phase included not only a successful knowledge base migration but planning for post-deployment maintenance. 

    • Execution & Delivery
    • Technology Management

    Public Transport Company

    Detailing technical steps needed to implement Citrix XenApp remote desktop

    Our client hired NorthStar to complete a migration of end-of-life Citrix infrastructure to current release. 

    Project goal

    The goal of this project was to create a new Citrix farm/XenApp 7 running on a mix of Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012R2 hosts.  Windows Server 2016 was to be used for Citrix management and infrastructure servers, and Windows Server 2012R2 hosts for remote desktop servers.  All existing applications published on both of the existing server farms had to be migrated to the new farm, accessible by clients running Wyse ThinOS and PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 10.

    Step-by-step

    • Performed extensive due diligence on current deployment
    • Formulated plan for new build based on the current state report
    • Worked with corporate security to implement secure external access
    • Built all new core infrastructure components for Citrix deployment including Broker, License, provisioning services, SQL databases, and storefront
    • Introduced new technology to deploy Applications and Desktops
    • Built new master disk images for application deployment
    • Installed applications and necessary poor infrastructure components
    • Created RDS (remote desktop service) servers in PVS (provisioning services) and deployed applications while retiring the old Citrix versions
    • Implemented Windows 10 VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) via Citrix
    • Trained steady state IT personnel and helpdesk personnel

    The NorthStar approach

    A major strength of NorthStar Solutions Group is our experience in dealing with multiple clients, having multiple different deployment options and, in each engagement, we bring this experience to the table. 

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