IMD CONSULTANCY LIMITED

Cost Estimating & Modelling

Cost Estimating and Modelling helps you understand the full costs of procuring, implementing and operating cloud-based systems/services.
We analyse quality of cost estimates, current cost base, cost drivers and potential supplier costs. We model using Monte Carlo simulation, giving confidence of outturn cost, factoring in uncertainty, risk and optimism bias.

Features

  • Fully compliant with HMT Green and Aqua Book principles/guidance
  • Cost estimating and assessment in full accordance with JSP507
  • Provides accurate estimates and models to support Business Case submissions
  • Provides accurate estimates to support budget and KPI setting
  • Integrates cost, risk and uncertainty analysis and modelling
  • Engages stakeholders to understand estimate requirements in full
  • Uses Monte Carlo simulation to model cost estimates
  • Delivers a full analysis report
  • Estimating and modelling to support commercial negotiations

Benefits

  • Provides a fuller understanding of current cost base and drivers
  • Provides Whole Life Cost estimates
  • Improved ability to appraise new suppliers against current costs
  • Improved through-life cost comparisons of potential options
  • Improved stakeholder confidence in financial forecasting and decision-making
  • Increased likelihood of gaining Business Case approval
  • Improved ability to set realistic budgets, considering uncertainty and risk
  • Greater confidence in setting appropriate financial KPIs
  • Completely independent and transparent analysis

Pricing

£340 to £1,240 a person a day

  • Education pricing available

Service documents

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Framework

G-Cloud 12

Service ID

2 0 0 7 7 8 7 8 3 4 9 0 5 8 2

Contact

IMD CONSULTANCY LIMITED Anne Christie
Telephone: 07908 957944
Email: anne.christie@imd-group.co.uk

Planning

Planning service
Yes
How the planning service works
IMD offers services to support customers planning to implement cloud hosting or software systems and services. We provide consolidated, through-life cost, operational, technical and training support, highlighting benefits and risks, to optimise the system or service and its design, delivery and support.
We help organisations define their strategic goals, scope and vision for the service, and provide services to analyse user and business needs to develop robust User and System Requirements documentation and define future Target Operating Models. We help develop a compelling Business Case to secure funding and approval and provide the strategy to move from the current (as-is) to the future (to-be) environment. This includes, as required, a procurement strategy, benefits, risk and cost-benefit analyses and detailed, resourced and costed plans.

In particular, a full understanding of the cost base will enable sound decisions to be made before the implementation phase. IMD develops fully auditable and endorsed project cost estimates and outturn forecasts. The estimates can be used for budgeting or for seeking Business Case approval, and estimating outputs are tailored to suit specific project or customer needs, providing visibility and confidence in the project’s financial basis.
Our services are compliant with HMT Green/Aqua book and JSP 507.
Planning service works with specific services
No

Training

Training service provided
Yes
How the training service works
IMD puts people at the heart of transformation, particularly important when planning for, setting up and building the capability to maintain cloud systems and services. Hence, as part of our delivery, we provide informal training in the form of knowledge transfer, coaching, mentoring and upskilling. This ensures that the best practice methods applied during the delivery of our service are adopted by the customer team, so key skills and knowledge are retained following completion of the contract. We provide formal training as a separate service, delivered by accredited trainers, who are experienced practitioners in their fields. The majority of our training courses are accredited and lead to internationally recognised qualifications.
Training is tied to specific services
No

Setup and migration

Setup or migration service available
Yes
How the setup or migration service works
IMD offers services to support customers setting up and migrating to or between cloud hosting or software systems and services. We provide consolidated, through-life cost, operational, technical and training support, highlighting benefits and risks, to optimise the system or service and its design, delivery and support.
We develop detailed, resourced and costed plans to support set up and migration activities, including governance, risks, assumptions, issues, dependencies and opportunity (RAIDO) management, benefits realisation planning and stakeholder engagement.
We enable organisations to determine their level of readiness, assessing feasibility and process maturity when implementing new systems and services or when developing an existing service. We develop Integrated Test, Evaluation and Acceptance strategy and plans to enable comprehensive compliance checks, testing and evaluation before formal acceptance. Equally importantly, we assess the readiness of your people to use and benefit from the new technology.

A full understanding of costs, when setting up new services, will enable sound budgeting, including appropriate risk provision. IMD develops fully auditable and endorsed project cost estimates and outturn forecasts. If a business case is required, the financial element can be fully documented, and the estimates used for seeking approval, being fully compliant with HMT Green/Aqua book and JSP 507.
Setup or migration service is for specific cloud services
No

Quality assurance and performance testing

Quality assurance and performance testing service
Yes
How the quality assurance and performance testing works
IMD's services help customers quality assure and performance test their cloud hosting or software systems and services.
We enable organisations determine their level of readiness, by assuring the performance of their systems, and quality assuring all aspects of their implementation from planning, through set up and migration, to testing performance of Business as Usual operations. We develop Integrated Test, Evaluation and Acceptance strategies and plans to enable comprehensive compliance checks, testing and evaluation before formal acceptance of cloud hosting or software systems and services.
We implement progressive reviews to assess the quality and maturity of outputs, making pragmatic recommendations for remedial and improvement actions, providing independent, unbiased, traceable and auditable evidence.
IMD’s Cost Services assure the quality and accuracy of the forecasted through-life costs associated with cloud services. We assess the intended scope of the service and independently assess cost estimates provided by service providers to validate the accuracy. We devise performance indicators based on service costs, to enable you to assess how the service is performing against the intended, or desired standard.

Security testing

Security services
No

Ongoing support

Ongoing support service
No

Service scope

Service constraints
None specific to this service

User support

Email or online ticketing support
No
Phone support
Yes
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
No
Support levels
IMD provides consultancy support across all SFIA grades, with prices detailed on the supplied Rate Cards.
For each engagement, we provide a Technical Account Manager who will be the central customer point of contact. The Account Manager will have experience operating within the relevant field and of coordinating the delivery of similar services. This provides additional domain knowledge and support to the delivery team, a first point for escalation of issues, and added intelligence and continuity across projects and programmes. The Technical Account Manager will ensure administrative or contractual queries are actioned and resolved, including the need for any additional specialist support.
In addition, we endeavour to provide a secondary point of contact for each engagement to ensure continuity of service and support.
Depending on the particular assignment, support will be provided on-site, or remotely via email and phone, with the flexibility to arrange meetings on site or at our offices. On-site support will normally be between 8 am and 6 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays. Support outside these hours can be arranged by negotiation. Technical Account Management and support will normally be integrated into the delivery team. Costs are included in the proposed price for each engagement.

Resellers

Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Conforms to BS7858:2012
Government security clearance
Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

Pricing

Price
£340 to £1,240 a person a day
Discount for educational organisations
Yes

Service documents

Request an accessible format
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need versions of these documents in a more accessible format, email the supplier at anne.christie@imd-group.co.uk. Tell them what format you need. It will help if you say what assistive technology you use.