Your Partner in Business, Technology & Digital Transformation
Formed as The Strategy & Architecture Group in 2010, the more widely known S&A Group has designed, assured, recovered or delivered countless complex programmes and technology solutions for almost every industry sector. We work with Boards to develop and implement innovative new Target Operating Models, PE to perform pre-deal due diligence or post deal integration, private and public sector enterprises to achieve ambitious change objectives or Start-up innovators in areas such as Fintech, InsurTech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning and IOT.
Our Key 9 Strategic Delivery Capabilities
Organised around key capabilities, S&A’s Partners and Practice Leaders take full ownership and accountability for all projects and services we deliver.
Delivery & Transformation
Designing, leading and/or supporting change initiatives from large Enterprise M&A to smaller complex technology & business change.
Strategy & Architecture
Creating or improving critical business and technology architecture outcomes, shaping and developing client teams, Architecture as a Service.
Designing and implementing Target Operating Models, changing cultures and attitudes, ways of working and coaching what’s really possible.
Applications & Infrastructure
Experts supporting all major core technologies from traditional and challenger ERP, data centre and legacy mainframe migration, Enterprise SaaS to modern Cloud.
Development & Operations
IT & Business operations, process improvement, implementing agile and DevOps, Automation and Robotics, IT service management, product design and innovation.
Digital & Innovation
Digital business transformation, from WoW to Operating Model to product innovation, leveraging data, AI, IoT, Machine Learning and robotic integration.
Data & Integration
Creating and implementing data and integration strategies to drive transformation, building API capabilities for inter-operability, data sharing and customer value.
Cyber & Security
We have designed IT & Cyber Security strategies for global banks and exchanges as well as supporting SoC and Infosec teams for SME’s with tooling and events.
Governance & Regulatory
With expertise in regimes such as the PRA, FCA, MHRA, ORR, DEFRA and the CAA we can enhance risk frameworks and reporting.
A snapshot from 100’s of engagements our people, technology and methodology has successfully delivered for our clients.
Global IT Transformation
£5b Global Life Sciences Company
Initially engaged via our Strategy & Architecture practice to develop a business Target Operating Model, our transformation team were soon engaged to lead the recovery, redesign and subsequent implementation of a major IT transformation to move the whole £2b business to cloud services, adopt a global software defined network and redefine IT service management from the USA to Eastern Europe.
Architecture, TOM, Programme Recovery, Global Transformation, Cloud migration, SD Networks, Data Centre, IT Service Management
UK Insurance Transformation
Leading UK Life & GI Provider
A complex business separation of a large UK General Insurance business from its parent retail owner and simultaneous technology migration from a retail Bank. Under deep PRA scrutiny, S&A took over from an incumbent Top4 to rescue a failing £120m+ programme, implement new leadership, governance, assurance and PMO capabilities and fix major failings with a key global IT vendor.
Business Transformation, Operating Model, Programme Leadership, Board CIO, Legacy Technology Replacement, PMO, IT Service & Security, Complex Customer Data migration
UK Retail Banking & Insurance
Engaged to provide digital, technical and architectural design and leadership to help accelerate a large UK Bank’s internal product design and innovation capabilities. In an Enterprise with hundreds of architects, technologists and organisational change agents an external consultancy was required to galvanise change, inform internal opinion and ultimately move the organisation forwards.
Architecture, Digital, Agile, Cloud, Software Development Lifecycle, Innovation, Operating Model, Blueprint, Platform, Banking, Insurance, Financial Services
IT Systems Consolidation
UK Police Force
Engaged as the key strategy & architecture partner for a global Systems Integrator to provide Enterprise, Technical, Solutions and Infrastructure architecture solutions to a major UK Police Force. Playing a key part in helping modernise critical infrastructure technology, introduce enhanced digital solutions and reduce overall complexity and costs within this public body.
Digital, Cloud Infrastructure, Applications Migration, Solutions Architecture, Cyber Security, Data Migration, Programme Management & PMO
Programme & CTO leadership
Major UK Financial Services
Chosen partner providing this household financial services client with business and technology leadership solutions for over 6 years. Instrumental in delivering one of the most high-profile mergers and divestures in UK Financial Services. Providing dozens of short-term critical resources across business and technology roles under S&A Group governance and assurance frameworks.
CTO, Chief Architect, Programme Director, Business Analysis, Mainframe Replacement, Regulatory Compliance, Organisational Design, Corporate Divesture, TOM
Business & IT Modernisation
UK Transport Industry
S&A have a long history of providing key projects, solutions and capabilities to UK Government transport providers including IT Strategy & Architecture for the UK Rail Networks, Customer Data Strategies for Train Operators and Global ERP implementations for shipping. Providing services as diverse as developing common IT standards to leading huge technical solutions for major infrastructure projects.
IT Strategy, Innovation, Enterprise & Solutions Architecture, Business Strategy, Digital innovation, Programme Design & Execution, Product Management
Complex Data Migration
Major European Bank
Engaged to design and deliver the Data Strategy and Customer Data Migration programme for a large European Bank who had sold a major part of their business to a 3rd party. From initial scoping and discovery, programme design and programme initiation through to the oversight and assurance of numerous third-party suppliers delivering multiple services in this complex stakeholder environment.
M&A, Divesture, Credit Card Migration, Data Strategy, Migration Planning, Programme Leadership, Programme Assurance, Testing, Regulatory, Information Architecture, Cyber
Target Operating Model
Leading UK University
Commissioned by one, and then subsequently several, Higher Education clients to develop new Target Operating Models. Faced with major disruption from digital universities and online education, we worked collaboratively to analyse the industry, determine near and medium-term threats and opportunities and develop a new business model and set of associated change initiatives to remain competitive.
Enterprise & Business Architecture, Target Operating Model, Organisational Design, Value Chain, Business Strategy, Digital Strategy, Programme Blueprint Design
Global SI Partnership
Global Technology Integrator
Engaged as a key strategic partner with a leading systems integrator for over three years, we have supported dozens of their client success stories across public and private sector organisations. Both as a partner and valued subcontractor supporting activities such as data centre migrations, cloud adoption, digital innovation, ERP transformations, programme recovery and delivery,
Technical Architecture, Data Centre, Networks, Applications, System Integrator, Cloud Migration, Partnership, Bid support, Programme Delivery. PMO
If you have a particular need, are in a niche industry or have set yourself some outrageous aspirations, we are sure we can provide the right engagement and partnership model to help.
With S&A, a simple coffee or quick discovery meeting can take you anywhere
Time, Cost, Quality – When you are simply running out of time!
We recognise projects and initiatives don’t always line up nicely. We know strategic priorities change and tactical execution is sometimes challenging. We know portfolio planning isn’t always perfect and few companies can keep a surplus of highly skilled resources available “just in case”. So, the next time your Board says you can’t spend the budget fast enough with the resources you have, we’ll help! But we will also help achieve those things unexpected of you.
Mission Control from S&A. Project Portfolio Planning & Oversight.
Our CxO’s and Lead Delivery Consultants have had countless Boardroom debates around why a particular firm can’t deliver to scale or speed or quality, despite the availability of capital. It’s an internal capacity or capability issue. It’s solvable, but often the will to invest in more long-term staff in times of uncertainty is limited. We can design your PMO, build your internal investment methodology and run your strategic planning workshops to determine where your best return on investment will be delivered. Then if you want, we can deliver it via projects, packages or services.