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Business Planning Guide
Market Situation Assessment
Technology Environment
Financial Focus
Product Planning Strategy

Picture this! It's late on Friday and you have just survived another hectic week. It seems that every time you turn around, there was another crisis to attend to or another emergency task to be done. Welcome to the world of running your own business. You begin to wonder if there is any way to break out of the cycle. How can you gain control of your business? Would you ever get to the point where you control the business, and not the business control you? To answer succinctly our Management Consultants offer a simple proposition.

Start thinking like the owner of a successful company. Reexamine your business by applying philosophies and practices that are inherent in all successful businesses. Control your activities and results through visionary thinking and sound planning. Through our Strategic Planning Program we will show you how to become proactive in all your business practice, instead of being reactive to business situations or problems. Our Strategic Planning Program offers a practical methodology for incorporating this rethinking process into your business practices.

Our Strategic Planning Program is delivered as a group and by individual consultation. Each process offers your company the opportunity to create a custom module that fits your industry. The Discovery Session is an introduction to the process. Provided on a one-to-one basis, a Strategic Planning Program will be mapped out for your specific company needs. To book this session or for other consultation needs E-mail us at vipsos@vipsos.com. We are here to serve you!










Business Planning Guide
The Business Planning Guide (BPG) is a specific and written definition of your vision for your company. This step will relate to and incorporate any or all of the following elements: customers, competitors, investors, employees, operations, the future of the company. The BPG will also provide a means for developing commitment among management, key personnel and other individuals and firms associated with your business. Your company can be successful through this framework of thinking and vision that guides all decisions in the company. Moreover, the BPG is your blueprint to help you develop and maintain a superior competitive advantage in the marketplace. This advantage is the perception of the customer with regards to your company, your products and your services.
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Market Situation Assessment
Obtain assistance with analyzing your industry. For effective strategic planning you must understand the industry forces affecting you and know your capabilities to deal with these forces. The ebbs and flows of an industry, the trends and directions it takes, all affects a company's ability to compete effectively. Many business owners and executives consider themselves at worst victims, and at best observers of what goes on in their industry. Sometimes it is failure to perceive that understanding your industry directly impacts your ability to succeed. Understanding your industry and anticipating its future trends and directions gives you the knowledge you need to react and control your portion of that industry. The MSA will help you identify threats and opportunities that may influence your ability to reach your goals. You will also learn how to focus on any competitive advantages available because of your unique ability to react to industry forces. The MSA consists of 3 components: 1) Industry forces; 2) Industry attractiveness; 3) Industry success factors. Within any industry there are five basic forces at work: 1) Ease of Entry; 2) Supplier Power; 3) Buyer Power; 4) Product Substitution; 5) Industry Competition.
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Technology Environment
Be at cutting edge of technology while implementing STRATEGIC PLANNING AT YOUR COMPANY. Software solutions can help with making your efforts even more successful. Our Reengineering Toolkit will prepare you for the forces that can impact your success. Anything from implementation of Voice System, on their own or linked to computer applications; to Databases, Cash Registers that capture all your customer data and other marketing information, Bar Code Readers, scanners, Magnetic Strip readers, Touch Activated Screens and Optical Character Recognition, to name a few. We recommend solutions that meet your needs. Our Management team are available to provide consultation on software solutions for your company. Our software can be customized for your business.
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Financial Focus
Know how and what your company is doing at all times. Strategic Planning will assist with your ability to keep an eye on your bottomline. Preparing the master budget. This module will assist with quality assessment of Budgeting and Budgeting Control above all. It will also identify the principle budget factor: usually Sales Demand. Use of this module can also be reflected with the Business Planning Guide.
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Product Planning Strategy
This area of consultation will identify and create descriptions of your products and services. Strategy will also involve the grouping of your product and service lines and rating these core profit drivers for your company. The PPS will cover three fundamental areas:1)A Background Analysis - Where are you now; 2)Synthesis - Where do you want to go; 3) Action Program - How can you get there. You will understand your corporate and divisional strategic goals from consultation in the Market Situation Assessment (MSA) module. This knowledge is required for PPS. Management in your company must understand the role of products in this vision. Not only the percentage of profits expected from a new-product line but also what new markets, new technologies and new directions should be incorporated into the long-term product plan. PPS will lead you to 1)Foster a customer mind-set. You will be come away being able to step back and redefine the business in terms of customer functions; what does it mean to satisfy the customer. 2)Understanding past successes and failures. This is another strategic evaluation which will enable you to calculate your company's high rate in new products and services and determine the reasons for it. 3) Developing product ideas. The number of ideas generated can affect successful product commercialization by increasing the likelihood of uncovering the best product concepts. Although it may be thought that there is no shortage of ideas per se, it can also be argued that many good ideas never surface because the available ideas are 'good enough.' 4)Targeting current, tangential and new markets. Your products and services will always carry varying levels of risks and it is wise to have a portfolio of new products and services to balance the risk/return equation.
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