Growing a professional services firm to $10 million in profit depends quite a bit on the systems, structures, and strategies deployed by the firm. See what the latest Professional Services Benchmark reveals about the impact these choices can have.
Few industries change as rapidly or evolve as continuously as the professional services industry. As the economies of developed nations continue to shift to be predominantly service-based, the firms that produce that output are continually reinventing themselves to overcome obstacles, satisfy market needs, and seize opportunities. Every year SPI Research surveys those firms and develops their annual Professional Services Maturity Benchmark. The 2018 Professional Services Benchmark shines light on the state of the professional services industry.
Are you still managing your professional services firm with spreadsheets, whiteboards, emails, and a host of manual processes? Do you know what sort of software you need to manage your consulting firm more efficiently? Should you settle for a series of individual point solutions—separate time tracking, invoicing, project management, and resource scheduling applications—or invest in an integrated Professional Services Automation … Read More
“What is PSA software?” It’s a question that I get all the time. I can answer that here (and I will), but in the tradition of great journalistic practices, I’ll do more than that. Journalism 101: in order to tell a compelling (and complete) story, I’ll make sure I answer the what—but will also cover the who, when, where, why, … Read More
This year marks the tenth publication of Service Performance Insight’s annual Professional Services Maturity Benchmark survey. This phenomenal body of work not only provides insight into the micro trends affecting the professional services market over the past 12 months, it examines broader macro trends tracing back a decade or more. This broader history is especially interesting as it examines the … Read More
I’ve been doing some work writing an eBook that’s a primer on professional services automation software, and I got to the section on some of the choices you as a buyer would need to make in order to select the right vendor. I actually dislike the term “vendor” in general, because what I think you’re really doing here is less … Read More
During our discussion, I mentioned the names of some of the other well-known vendors that we compete against, that we appear in studies and benchmarks alongside, and that heavily use the term “Professional Services Automation.” The response? (Long pause.) “Hmmm…never really heard of them.” Similarly, when talking with people intimately familiar with the professional services market, I mentioned a few … Read More
Originally published in the July issue of Professional Services Journal. Leonardo da Vinci was the ultimate Renaissance Man. It’s hard to comprehend that the same person who painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper was also an accomplished military engineer, architect and mathematician. Da Vinci had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge in both the arts and sciences as well … Read More
The world went to sleep last night with early polling suggesting that the Brexit referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain within the European Union was leaning in the “stay” camp. In a surprising turn of events, when the final tallies came in, more than 17 million people voted in favor of leaving, formalizing Britain’s decision to sever its … Read More
Utilization. Every professional services firm I’ve ever worked with—whether they’re a management consultancy, a digital marketing organization, a technology implementer—calculates and measures utilization. Every professional services manager—from the executive leadership level to delivery managers to department heads—tries to improve utilization. Every billable consultant is, at least in part, evaluated and compensated on utilization. Problem is, not everyone has a common … Read More