Summary

Cartezia is a well-established UK based technology business builder and consultancy owned and managed by thought leader Dr. Uday Phadke. Dr. Phadke has been actively involved in the building of over 100 technology firms over the last 2 decades and is a well renowned and respected author of business strategy and scale-up books.

Following the success of the “Tigers, Camels and Unicorns” book which summarises Dr. Phadke’s analytical approach and new methodology of measuring and guiding business growth, there was great demand for a Scale-up manual and tool set. The Scale-up manual launched in November 2018 and prior to its launch, Cartezia entered into a partnership with Business Cloud Integration. The goal of the partnership was to develop and deploy a digital toolset to compliment the books and allow businesses to assess, review and make directional business decisions.

The content – already endorsed by Microsoft’s Warwick Hill as “a unified toolkit which helps innovative companies to go beyond the start-up buzz and to scale-up systematically to become commercially successful enterprises” is powered by Casper365™ to leverage the Office 365 investment and drive further adoption within the Office 365 tool set.

Challenge

The Scale-up Manual analyses data from many points of view within a business and is a mentor-guided programme of tools which were initially developed within Excel. The 50+ tools within the system needed to be individually analysed, developed and easily deployable to any organisation with an Office 365 tenancy.

The tooling needed to be easy to use, as well as provide individual assessment scoring, company wide scoring, and gap analysis to highlight and allow business direction decision and planning.

The process is designed to be repeated with measurable progress and as such, required a method of deployment of an entire solution each time an assessment was to be performed. Additionally, assessments may be performed by different business units and each of these needed to be secured and governable.

Strategy

With help and guidance from Business Cloud Integration the following was designed and the deployed using Business Cloud Integration’s Casper365, Office 365, and SharePoint automation platform.

SharePoint Online – over 50 tools were created and deployed using advanced, custom developed SPFX webparts with data stored in security trimmed SharePoint Lists. The service is deployed on a subscription basis and so the data is stored locally, and the analysis tooling is accessed via API to active subscribers. The solution uses Managed Meta Data for multi-language support which is centrally managed and distributed via a Triple Chasm Office 365 Tenancy. Key to the success of the platform is both parity with the published material and a meaningful and seamless user experience which meant the latest SharePoint Online tooling needed to be leveraged in addition to custom development, ensuring that the solution was re-deployable.

Casper365™ PortalAs the solution requires multi-tenant management, the Casper365™ portal was used for the deployment of assessments as site collections within each client tenancy. In addition, the mentoring is delivered by intervention agencies and partners who each have a white labelled Casper365™ Office 365 automation portal to manage programmes, mentor external access and oversight by themselves. The Portal is co-branded and is used for each programme attendee to login to create each separate assessment tool.

Results

The provision of “The Triple Chasm Model Platform” is being rolled out to hundreds of organisations in the UK in 2019, with programmes targeted to achieve government and global targets for business scale ups. Global roll out will shortly follow and the platform itself will be developed to train and support mentors worldwide.

The technology platform used means that company data can be anonymised and analysed to continue to further the research of the initial 400 companies used to develop the initial strategy by Dr. Phadke and can provide extremely valuable insight as to business growth and innovation worldwide.

Following the mentored programme businesses can continue to subscribe the platform and toolset to further drive SharePoint Online adoption and leverage their Office 365 investment.