The Children’s Factory is a very successful manufacturer of children’s soft play furnishings. The company has grown revenues substantially over the last five years, with a goal to double that growth over the next five years. Ownership realized growing and expanding the company will require improved, streamlined processes, enabled by the appropriate technologies. The Children’s Factory engaged TDK Technologies to perform a collaborative discovery with the goal of identifying the desired future state to support their growth objectives, reviewing their current technology state and, finally, preparing a roadmap to address the gap.
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TDK initiated the project with two senior business analysts who met with the owner and operating manager to understand where they wanted to lead The Children’s Factory in the next 5-10 years.  TDK garnered a full understanding of the company’s vision, principles, and long term goals.

Once the future state was established, efforts were turned to identifying The Children’s Factory current state.  TDK sent a survey to the management group at TCF to get a basis for the team members’ responsibilities, what technologies were being used, and how the team interacted with one another.  Several discovery sessions were conducted with logical groupings of the management team to get a deeper dive into the responsibilities, technologies, and business processes that were being employed.  TDK collected the information gathered from interviews and surveys and drew upon TDK technology experts to analyze the results and define recommendations. 

The final deliverable was a full report of the current state of The Children’s Factory, their desired future state, and a list of recommendations.  The recommendations were organized by dependency as well as rated and categorized into: Quick Wins, House Keeping, Moderate Projects, and Major Projects.  A final presentation was delivered to the management team at a quarterly strategic planning meeting and was very well received.  The Children’s Factory plans to engage TDK in implementing the recommendations.

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