You know how it goes…a whiteboard chock full of prioritized strategic initiatives and projects that all need to be implemented this year.  Annual spending budgets may have increased slightly year over year, but certainly not significantly and not keeping pace with business demands.

No longer can your internal business customers wait many months for delivered benefits and results.  The Lifesciences compettitive landscape has only become more and more competitive; patent expirations, generic competition, biosimilars, increased regulatory scrutiny and legal burdens and the higher costs associated with bringing new products and devices to market.

A recent 2012 Accenture Lifesciences industry study states, “The revenue forecasts…reveals how starkly the future prospects have changed for several of the companies over the last three years. The four year forecast (2013-2016) remains low for some companies which continue to struggle to navigate a path back to growth after the worst of the patent cliff. A few even face the prospect of a second round of significant patent expiries and are forecasted to have negative growth. However, several companies are forecast to grow in line with the estimated global market growth of 4-5 percent, having articulated a clear path back to growth and making substantial strategic and operational changes.These companies are adjusting to a “new normal” where profitable growth is still attainable, although harder to achieve.”

Do you have a plan? How will you resource strategic projects this year? This buyer’s guide will assist you in navigating the hazardous landscape of buying consulting services.

Let’s first look at defining your project type.

Project Categories:

Strategy – Architecting new business and IT solutions by shifting previous thinking and adopting new approaches.  Here, our categorization of strategy projects is “pure strategy”, it does not include the execution or implementation phases which would later fall into one of the below categories.

Large Scale Transformational – Efforts attempting to deliver benefits across an entire organization, or multiple business functions simultaneously.  High degrees of business and IT complexity, organizational changes and many moving pieces equates to large:  program budgets, project resources and capital expenditures.

Large Divisional – Delivered benefits intended to impact a single large company division e.g. Research and Development or Sales.  Even the most straight forward implementation will be complex due to size and business criticality.

Departmental – Vertically organized to produce results that impact specific business functions e.g. Legal, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs.  Smaller in scope and complexity of a Large Divisional program.

Ad Hoc or Incremental – The smallest of the project categories, often used to incrementally build upon previously delivered benefits, for example system enhancements or extensions, and continuous improvements to business processes.

In Part II of this series we will show you a behind the scenes “menu of consulting firms” available to fulfill these project types.

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