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LABUR Services

It has been well-documented that the majority of digital transformation efforts fail in some way. In fact, some estimates put the failure rate of digital transformation projects to be upwards of 80%. Why? Lack of leadership, accountability and challenges with change management are most commonly cited.

LABUR is here to change all of that. We tackle the biggest cause of failure in digital transformation by ramping up digital capabilities across the organization from the get-go. Unsuccessful efforts to scale digital innovation happens when there is insufficient skill and internal support – and we are experienced in nurturing and supplying both.

Our proven model sits in between staffing, which generally lacks the detail and accountability needed for these types of engagements, and large consultancies, which come with price tags equally as large. But, it’s about more than cost. Our model ensures digital transformation efforts are successful, both in terms of profitability and unlocked value.

LABUR is not the solution to everything, but we are the solution to mission critical, digital projects and searches that cannot fail.

We have worked with some of the most progressive organizations in the world, many of which can be found on the Fortune 100, and they are successful because of how they look at people, process, data, and technology. They understand that the IT workforce ecosystem is disparate, it is evolving, and the complexity offers both opportunity and enlightenment if looked at and managed correctly. The organizations that resource well understand that the agility of the IT workforce ecosystem is the key to resourcing success. There are myriad ways in which to resource, but the organizations that embrace the opportunity within that complexity are more successful than the ones that don’t – and they produce nearly 20% more revenue because of it.

What We Do

LABUR partners with senior IT and business leaders to think through the options and choose the offerings that make the most sense for the need at hand. There is no one size fits all in our business.

We encourage organizations to think outside of the workforce ecosystem box, a box that was created decades ago and that has not withstood the test of time. New technologies and new agendas require new ways of thinking and resourcing. That’s where we come in. We are all for helping our clients save money, but we help them do so by cutting through the barriers of commoditization and siloed thinking. We help them save time and money by getting critical digital transformation projects right the first time.

With us or without us, our best clients and acquaintances will tell you that they always get one thing from us – an opinion that is loyal to a successful outcome.

Ultimately, all critical forms of technology, data, and digital transformation efforts need a blend of full-time employees, vendors, implementation partners and niche project consultants.

That’s us, a niche project consultancy that offers both advisory services as well as hands-on subject matter experts. We help reveal previously untapped value in data and technology.

When our clients need more than general staffing but don’t need the over-architected solution of a large consulting practice, we get the call. We are agile, we are experts, and we care a great deal. And for our clients, this has made all the difference.

Do you have a digital transformation need, a critical data or technology project, or a business process that needs solutioning? Get in Touch

Advisory Services

LABUR provides business and technology advisory services to those clients needing a holistic strategy and delivery solution.

CIO Agenda

Technology executives operate in 2 worlds. They must operate, maintain and secure the current state that their business needs to function. In parallel, they must plan, strategize and roadmap future solutions and platforms to keep pace with their business partners. Balancing your 2 realities is the fundamental challenge of digital transformation.

LABUR has been helping technology leaders like you define their balance, quantify the benefits of transformation and deliver business value for over 13 years.

What does this encompass?

  • New CIO or Technology Executive Support
  • Strategic Planning
  • Resilience (Maturity) Assessment
  • Digital Transformation Planning
  • M&A Transaction Support
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CIO Agenda

Technology executives operate in 2 worlds. They must operate, maintain and secure the current state that their business needs to function. In parallel, they must plan, strategize and roadmap future solutions and platforms to keep pace with their business partners. Balancing your 2 realities is the fundamental challenge of digital transformation.

LABUR has been helping technology leaders like you define their balance, quantify the benefits of transformation and deliver business value for over 13 years.

Deliverables

  • Strategic Roadmaps
  • Technology Operating Models and Organizational Models
  • Business Engagement Practices
  • Executive Dashboards
  • Transformation Business Cases
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Technology ROI

Next to payroll, technology is typically the second largest category of operating expenses (OpEx) for an organization. Technology executives are under relentless pressure to justify the return on investment (ROI) for technology resources, licenses and devices.

Technology ROI is especially critical for organizations considering a potential merger or acquisition (M&A) transaction. Will the sum of the parts be greater than the equal? Are potential savings and rationalization forecasts for the deal related to IT realistic? Technology executives always benefit from having a quantifiable and proactive ROI for their services that they can review with their business stakeholders.

LABUR has helped technology leaders with their C-suite colleagues to analyze technology spend, optimize costs and drive higher rates of return for technology investment.

What does this encompass?

  • Application Portfolio Management
  • Cloud Transformation
  • Cost Analysis and Optimization
  • Application Rationalization
  • Sourcing and Vendor Selection
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Technology ROI

Next to payroll, technology is typically the second largest category of operating expenses (OpEx) for an organization. Technology executives are under relentless pressure to justify the return on investment (ROI) for technology resources, licenses and devices.

Technology ROI is especially critical for organizations considering a potential merger or acquisition (M&A) transaction. Will the sum of the parts be greater than the equal? Are potential savings and rationalization forecasts for the deal related to IT realistic? Technology executives always benefit from having a quantifiable and proactive ROI for their services that they can review with their business stakeholders.

LABUR has helped technology leaders with their C-suite colleagues to analyze technology spend, optimize costs and drive higher rates of return for technology investment.

Deliverables

  • IT Budgets and Spending Plans
  • Application Portfolio Roadmaps
  • Invest, Maintain, Retire Decisions for Specific Applications
  • Proven Practices for Reducing Rationalization Risk
  • IT Finance Dashboards
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Delivery Excellence

A trusted partnership with business stakeholders is built upon delivering technology initiatives on time, on budget and with quality. While it may seem straightforward, most organizations deliver inconsistently. 33% of projects will fail the standard of trust (on time, on budget, with quality) according to the Project Management Institute. We believe that this estimate is conservative.

LABUR helps client technology teams improve and mature their entire delivery lifecycle. Any breakdown in the program or project delivery process, (early engagement, estimation, vendor selection, design, release, and adoption) could break delivery and trust. We know that modern delivery frameworks, e.g., Agile, bi-modal IT, DevOps, and organizational change management, require clear roles, processes, and tools for business and technology stakeholders. Organizations must move fast, but they cannot break things.

What does this encompass?

  • Agile Transformation
  • Resource Capacity and Demand Management
  • Program Management Office (PMO) Transformation
  • Project and Portfolio Management
  • Project Remediation
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Delivery Excellence

A trusted partnership with business stakeholders is built upon delivering technology initiatives on time, on budget and with quality. While it may seem straightforward, most organizations deliver inconsistently. 33% of projects will fail the standard of trust (on time, on budget, with quality) according to the Project Management Institute. We believe that this estimate is conservative.

LABUR helps client technology teams improve and mature their entire delivery lifecycle. Any breakdown in the program or project delivery process, (early engagement, estimation, vendor selection, design, release, and adoption) could break delivery and trust. We know that modern delivery frameworks, e.g., Agile, bi-modal IT, DevOps, and organizational change management, require clear roles, processes, and tools for business and technology stakeholders. Organizations must move fast, but they cannot break things.

Deliverables

  • Adopting Agile in Regulated Industries
  • Delivery Path (Agile or Waterfall) Risk Management Tool
  • Project Intake and Portfolio Prioritization
  • Enabling ”Scrum of Scrums” for Agile Work Portfolios
  • Resource Forecasting and Release Management
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Packaged Solution Delivery

Technology organizations are generally moving toward cloud enabled software packages and platforms, rather than building custom tools for Finance, HR, Supply Chain Management, Data Science and Customer Relationship Management. Unfortunately, these flagship initiatives carry significant delivery risk, high costs and fail over 60% of the time (on time, on budget, with quality). The stakes for these initiatives are high.

LABUR knows how to plan, select reliable vendors, drive delivery and engage business stakeholders in change activities to successfully implement Packaged Solutions and technologies, e.g., Salesforce, ServiceNow, SAP ECC (ERP) and Workday. We pair solution specific experience and acumen with our vendor agnostic Delivery Excellence capabilities to ensure that these investments deliver value, your vendors are successful and your business stakeholders are happy to make the switch. We partner well with systems integrators and third-party providers, serving as your advocate and trusted advisor to minimize risk and maximize return.

What does this encompass?

  • Vendor Selection (Packaged Solutions and/or Systems Integrators)
  • Business Transformation Strategy and Roadmap
  • Business Case and ROI Analysis
  • Implementation Support
    • Design and Build Oversight
    • Steering Committee and Program Management
    • Value Stream Mapping and Business Maturity Gap Analysis
    • Organizational Change Management
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Packaged Solution Delivery

Technology organizations are generally moving toward cloud enabled software packages and platforms, rather than building custom tools for Finance, HR, Supply Chain Management, Data Science and Customer Relationship Management. Unfortunately, these flagship initiatives carry significant delivery risk, high costs and fail over 60% of the time (on time, on budget, with quality). The stakes for these initiatives are high.

LABUR knows how to plan, select reliable vendors, drive delivery and engage business stakeholders in change activities to successfully implement Packaged Solutions and technologies, e.g., Salesforce, ServiceNow, SAP ECC (ERP) and Workday. We pair solution specific experience and acumen with our vendor agnostic Delivery Excellence capabilities to ensure that these investments deliver value, your vendors are successful and your business stakeholders are happy to make the switch. We partner well with systems integrators and third-party providers, serving as your advocate and trusted advisor to minimize risk and maximize return.

Deliverables

  • Consolidation and Migration Roadmap
  • Transformation Business Case
  • Business Metrics and Processes, e.g., Target State Finance Workflow and Dashboards
  • Vendor Request for Proposal (RFP) Creation, Publishing, and Response Scoring
  • Steering Committee and Governance Structure
  • Change Management Readiness and Adoption Collateral
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Personal accountability is evident in every decision and deliverable. The LABUR Difference

Project Consulting

To improve project execution and efficiency, LABUR provides a highly tailored approach to project delivery.

By leveraging a national network of trusted consultants, the talent LABUR partners with supersede hard skill requirements to include vetted soft skills – a winning combination for the best experience and relationship.

We believe that talented people associate with other talented people; and that network – of like-minded, skilled individuals – is what we specialize in maintaining.

We’re commonly engaged during several key phases of the software development life cycle – requirements gathering, design, build and testing – and provide expertise in these domains and areas of application:

Execution

We don’t take for granted the unique position we are in, of connecting top talent to leading organizations and opportunities, and to solving today’s most challenging IT problems with expertise, vision and strategy.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Global enterprises are pressured to provide business efficiency, gain savings and better serve their customers through ERP optimization and integration. In today’s complex world, and with myriad best-in-class technology options, we help our clients optimize their ERP solution by improving the configuration of their modules and optimizing successful technology integration with other areas and departments within the business.

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Execution

We don’t take for granted the unique position we are in, of connecting top talent to leading organizations and opportunities, and to solving today’s most challenging IT problems with expertise, vision and strategy.

Customer Relations Management (CRM)

Developing a customer-centric business culture takes immense focus on strategy, process and adoption. Through the use of cutting-edge technology platforms and customized solutions, we support our client demands for targeted customer interactions and customer retention, ultimately driving growth and brand loyalty. Our consultants provide architectural strategy, implementation leadership, tool configuration and system administration.

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Execution

We don’t take for granted the unique position we are in, of connecting top talent to leading organizations and opportunities, and to solving today’s most challenging IT problems with expertise, vision and strategy.

Business Intelligence (BI)

Data control is critical. Equally as important, is the ability to leverage data analytically to maximize its effectiveness in both operation and strategic business decisions.

Empowering organizations with the best data and analytics platforms manifests in a number of ways, whether through reporting, data analysis, predictive analytics or business performance management, we listen to our clients’ business requirements and offer both hands-on solutions and high-level strategy that result in meaningful and realized business intelligence.

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Execution

We don’t take for granted the unique position we are in, of connecting top talent to leading organizations and opportunities, and to solving today’s most challenging IT problems with expertise, vision and strategy.

Human Capital Management (HCM)

Most would agree, an organization’s greatest asset is its people. And to compete for this valuable resource, best-in-class resource management is key.

Practices focused on essential organizational needs such as workforce acquisition and hiring, training, payroll, performance management and compensation planning, are all examples of functions and processes we specialize in providing. LABUR consultants have the domain expertise to produce effective solutions – that are both cutting-edge and highly customized.

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Execution

We don’t take for granted the unique position we are in, of connecting top talent to leading organizations and opportunities, and to solving today’s most challenging IT problems with expertise, vision and strategy.

Master Data Management (MDM)

Data is the ultimate convergence of business and technology, and we partner with our clients to ensure the uniformity and accuracy of their shared master data assets while consulting on software tools to consider for the job. Data points on customers, employees, vendors, suppliers, parts, products, locations, contact information, profiles, accounting and contracts are imperative, which is why managing them can’t be compromised. This is where we can help.

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Execution

We don’t take for granted the unique position we are in, of connecting top talent to leading organizations and opportunities, and to solving today’s most challenging IT problems with expertise, vision and strategy.

Digital & Cloud

Effectiveness in the digital marketplace and cloud computing are priorities for all companies. So, whether a client needs to migrate their business to the cloud or enhance their current solution, we have the domain experts needed to make it happen.

Running an efficient cloud infrastructure requires work to servers, networks, databases and software. Our consultants help companies assess and implement the best approach for their businesses by taking an enterprise-wide look and understanding how changes will affect the downstream. We provide tailored solutions and the resources necessary to perform the execution of all major cloud computing efforts.

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Execution

We don’t take for granted the unique position we are in, of connecting top talent to leading organizations and opportunities, and to solving today’s most challenging IT problems with expertise, vision and strategy.

FinTech

An emerging industry like FinTech demands innovation and experience. Here is where we thrive. The improvement and automation of financial services – to both businesses and consumers – is only continuing to grow, and so, too, is our own expertise in the platforms and applications being used for activities like online banking, trading and financial planning. This is an area of IT that is truly in its early stages and we can’t wait to share with you what we already know.

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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Customer Relations Management (CRM)
Business Intelligence (BI)
Human Capital Management (HCM)
Master Data Management (MDM)
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Get to know the people behind LABUR Meet the Team

Executive Search

We are frequently engaged for direct-hire and executive-level searches to fulfill the strategic hiring needs of the technology department and related offices and teams, including the entire C-suite. We facilitate these searches both on a contingent and retained basis.

In addition to a deep network of highly specialized, senior-level talent, we provide:

  • Succession planning
  • Compensation analysis
  • Industry and competitor mapping
  • Leadership and emotional intelligence (EQ) training

C-Suite

Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).

Technology is an integral part of a company's business strategy, and so too are the technology individuals who occupy the C-suite. For those organizations going through an executive 'changing of the guard', we can help.

Senior Vice President

From architecture, enterprise applications and data to managing the project management office (PMO), we provide senior leadership and search assistance around executives with track records leading large enterprise applications.

Director

  • Maintaining operations and systems
  • Managing a team of IT employees and contractors
  • Optimizing the use of data and analytics
  • Decreasing security risks
  • Tracking technology to achieve business goals
  • Increasing user satisfaction

A Director of IT is a strategic thinker, a good manager, a leader and an important member of the decision-making team. We specialize in connecting our deep network of director-level talent with opportunities where they can make a real impact.

Vice President

Technology executives at the vice-presidential level oversee a variety of critical initiatives. From the implementation of new phone systems to new software to master data management, these individuals are taking on more and more every day. We understand at an intricate level the importance of this layer of IT executive and help organizations identify a fit based on their needs and culture.

C-Suite
Senior Vice President
Director
Vice President
We have a very specific vision for not just what we want to get done but how we want to get it done. Darrin and his team took the time to understand that... They get what we’re trying to do here. They understand our environment.
VP of IT, Global Software Company

Industries We Serve

Actionable strategy requires industry expertise. Luckily, we have plenty of it.

For over ten years, we have been providing a variety of levels of support and solutions to clients operating regionally, nationally, and around the world.

We quantify our industry expertise and experience by the projects and people we have directly impacted. And like people, no two projects are the same. The breadth of our industry experience runs deep, but our approach is targeted. We apply relevant best practices and tactical experience without compromising the unique circumstances of each company and project.

Historically and currently, we are engaged in the following industry verticals:
Technology
Government
Life Sciences
Financial Services
Healthcare
Retail
Non-Profit
Education

Case Studies

Our domain expertise spans industries and crosses functionalities within the enterprise.

The breadth of our industry experience runs deep, but our approach is targeted. We apply relevant best practices and tactical experience without compromising the unique circumstances of each company and project.

To do what others aren’t, you have to have the people and solutions others don’t. LABUR Case Studies