Project Initiation Support Services
 
HBMG's team of experts can assist you at project initiation. We have the experience to ensure your project starts off right by helping develop objectives, scope, purpose, and deliverables. You'll be able to assess needs and cost, in addition to designing and procuring your security infrastructure.

Project support plans and estimates

Make sure the job is done right the first time by developing a set of project support plans to expand and focus on organizational policies, project objectives, industry practices, project complexity, risk factors, and more. Then use these plans to develop more accurate assessments of required time, labor, and cost.


Needs assessments and proposals

Ensure you have the right people and resources in place to get the job done. Our team will perform a gap analysis, priority and needs aseesment, cause of gap identification, and then create a proposal to bridge that gap.

IT network infrastructure: design and procurement assistance

Each project has its own specific IT security needs. HBMG will work with you to design and procure the right hardware solution to secure your project, and we'll keep an eye on the future, making sure your solution is easy to upgrade, scalable and as nimble as your project's needs.

eManagers Collaboration Suite Support Services
 

Taxonomy definition, refinement, and support

Proper classification, definition, and refinement of your document management lexicon is essential to streamlining process managment and enhancing eManagers searchability. HBMG will work with you to develop and support taxonomy practices to get the most out of your content management solution.

Application configuration and administration

eManagers is flexible and highly configurable, allowing you to create a platform for content management that meets the specific need of your project or organization in the short and long term. HBMG's team of experienced professionals can configure eManagers as a stand-alone solution, create new modules or configure current modules for new application, or integrate eManagers with other applications to provide a broad range of solutions. We will also provide administration and support to make sure the system works to your specification.

End-user training and support

Once eManagers is in place HBMG can provide training, knowledge transfer, and support to hasten usability and return on investment. HBMG offers several levels of training specifically tailored to your system configuration and the access level of the end user.

eManagers On Demand - SaaS

eManagers on demand is a low cost business solution for some organizations that would like to take advantage of the power and flexibility of the eManagers Suite without taking on the expense and complexity of full scale implementation and hosting.

Project Close-out Services
 

Transition planning and services

Effective project close-out is an integral part of the success of any endeavor. The project isn't complete until the people, information, and assets have been properly transitioned. HBMG can work with your organization or project team to ensure this transition is as smooth as possible.

IT infrastructure dismantling and disposition

HBMG will work with your IT team to ensure that your project's IT infrastructure is safely, securely, and properly disassembled. HBMG will then help you create a plan to ensure those assets are properly catalogued, disposed of, or reassigned.

Records transfer to funding agency

An essential step in the project close-out process is the creation of the necessary records, reports, and document packages. HBMG can help your organization collect, organize, and securely transmit required records to the funding agency for your project.

Archive system creation for HBMG's clients

As an added benefit to our clients, HBMG can create an archive system for project close-out documentation. This solution can act as an easily accessible, secure, centralized repository of all project documentation for future reference or review. HBMG can also help organize this information so that it is easy to find that one document you're looking for.

Security Services
 
Protecting your organizations assets is more important and more difficult than ever before. Today's threat landscape comprises far more than DDoS attacks, viruses and worms. To protect against the broad array of internal and external threats, more companies are considering security programs that forge closer ties between the physical and logical security realms. The different security staffs have the same goal—protect enterprise assets that usually exist as independent factions. The new economy of the convergence technology, budgetary realities and government initiatives are driving enterprises and agencies to question whether business as usual is hurting the bottom line. HBMG’s security practice helps companies bridge the gap between physical, data and logical security.

Data

Data Organizations, employees, and customers expect online and network resources to be available at all times, which raises the stakes for network security. Not only is it more important than ever, but a failure in network security is more costly than ever. HBMG can protect your valuable data and information in a number of ways by employing logical security tactics to keep data safe.
  • Identity Management - manages and monitors user credentials, log-on data, and passwords as part of Identity Management. We also offer two-factor authentications, authentication authorizations, and profile management.
  • Access Management/Control - ensures only authorized users are able to perform actions or access information in a network or a workstation. Access management includes technology like smart card readers and biometrics that prevent unauthorized users from accessing protected data.
  • Data Backups and Recoveries - customized client backups offering a range of services from incremental backups to full backups. 
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan for an Enterprise - determined by the assets and revenue of the company, we create a plan for possible disasters that mitigates downtime, allowing you to be up and running in matter of hours without losing money from the offline time.
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Controlled Penetration Testing - network surveying, port scanning, system fingerprinting, service probing, and automated vulnerability scanning to provide a vulnerability assessment to the customer.
  • Telecommunication and Wireless Security Reviews - War-Dialing and Wireless Network Testing to identify potential security breaches located in phone numbers, physical environments, or wireless access points. HBMG can also provide easy-to-understand metrics and reports on security vulnerabilities and how they are changing over days, weeks, or months.
Logical

With our logical security practice, we help you use your existing people, technologies, and budgets to establish the best security plan for your organization. Our security professionals will create a program to help you meet your compliance requirements, and create a competitive edge that focuses on your unique business needs.
  • Tactical implementaton and managment of physical/logical security - HBMG has the capability to set up a Network Security Operations Center working 24x7 monitoring network traffic for unauthorized access and cyber attacks. This monitoring also includes mitigating any anomalies which may arise from those situations.
  • Develop the processes bridging the gap between legacy systems and IP based systems
  • Develop & Implement a global security process
  • Support global security processes
  • Information Risk Assessment - performing risk assessments for vulnerabilities on networks and applications via White Hat Testing. We also offer recommendations for mitigating those risks.
  • Technology Audit & Compliance - for a single location or across an enterprise to determine a single point of failures and recommend ways to improve the infrastructure.
  • IT Governance
  • Security Process Engineering
  • 24x7 monitoring of network traffic
  • Detect and mitigate attacks on the network
  • Penetration testing of applications and distributed networks

Strategic Futures and Insights
 
Change is happening at an increasing pace. Newer technology replaces new technology. Global competition appears in local markets, and changes not only the market, but value chains. Customers demand more innovation from their partners and providers, changing the face of collaboration. Knowledge of and preparation for the future is a must for survival.

The HBMG Strategic Insights and Futures (SI&F) team provides a range of services to help you focus on the right future path for your organization. Experience across a range of industries and technologies has prepared our team to provide insight into how multiple technologies will impact your organization or region in such areas as digital convergence, collaboration, nanotech / biotech / infotech / neurotech fusion, and smart devices.

Future Perspectives

To start on the path to incorporate the future into strategic and tactical processes, an organization must be aware of the impact of future trends and future events in order to shift its focus from the present. HBMG SI&F has a range of proven methodologies to guide you to:
  • Realize the importance of the future
  • Jump-start a future-oriented strategic planning project or process
  • Generate fresh, innovative ideas for immediate exploitation
We provide Major Trends and Disruptors Studies, facilitate Grand Challenges workshops, conduct Group Ideation Sessions using advanced brainstorming methods, give talks on the world of the future, and hold classes and seminars on techniques and approaches to planning for technology impacts.

Opportunity Focusing

Organizations that realize that they must refocus their current assets—physical, financial, intellectual, and motivational—on the future need to take a disciplined approach. Our team has helped numerous organizations and regions:
  • Enter emerging opportunities earlier with less risk and greater profit
  • Set up processes to master technological change
  • Create a group to seek, evaluate, and choose among new opportunities
  • Apply crosscuts to increase opportunity, and reduce cost and risk
HBMG’s SI&F team provides services in forecasting, market assessments, terrain maps, regional opportunity analysis for economic development, industry focus sessions, disruptive technology tracking, and collaborative process training.

Innovation Management

Invention creates the spark, ingenuity fuels it but innovation is the fire. An organization does not manage just technology anymore, it harnesses innovation through its labs, developers, marketers, customers, partners, and business team. HBMG’s SI&F team helps organizations:
  • Maintain or restore competitiveness through innovation
  • Expand capability to profit from exploiting technology
  • Establish a base of process, knowledge, and culture to be more innovative and future-focused
  • Attain better results through collaboration within the organization and with partners
We steer you towards these objectives by providing technology assessments, technology transfer process evaluations, roadmap facilitation, business incubator assessments, future studies organizational processes, and technology management education. Additionally, our eManagers platform is a foundational element for effective technology management.

Actionable Strategies

All of our services build up to the creation of a strategy that designed for implementation and success. Picking an actionable strategy is the first step, followed by using innovative ways to implement the strategy, tracking the inputs and outputs of the strategy based on the view of the future created in the earlier stages, and adapting to changes. Our team works with you to:
  • Create an actionable strategy with profitability and risk mitigation
  • Find a faster return on the investment in the strategy
  • Coordinate the strategy’s elements throughout the organization and with partners
  • Make you more resilient to change
HBMG’s SI&F offers extraordinary services in strategy maps, strategic foresight, stakeholder analysis, impact analysis, scenario planning, weak signal analysis (wildcards), red teaming, business simulation games, trends and drivers identification (force field analysis), and risk management assessment.

Success in each of these areas makes the future yours. Whether you are just beginning to appreciate the impact the future will have on you or you already have actionable strategies in place, HBMG’s SI&F can provide the insights to make you more profitable and future-proof.

A number of different types of organizations turn to HBMG for guidance on the right Strategic Framework to harness the future. State and federal government agencies, large, medium, small, and startup companies, educational institutions, and industry associations internationally, at all levels of technological sophistication, benefit from the methodologies, tools, and techniques our team shares with its clients. Call on our world-renowned futurists to challenge your staff and create well-planned strategies.

HBMG has membership in the Association of Professional Futurists.

SF&I Consulting

Future Perspectives Presentations
Talks on what-lies-ahead enlighten and start the audience thinking about the possibilities of the future by giving them a new frame of reference. A talk can be targeted to the industry, the organization, or a theme.

Ideation Sessions

Usually lasting half a day, ideation sessions are based on advanced brainstorming techniques created to draw ideas from everyone regardless of their personality type. Other techniques build on these ideas, and draw out additional salient ideas as well.

Impact Analysis

This service provides a visual perspective of the impact of a trend or future event. An Impact Analysis enlists the team in understanding all the facets and interrelationships inherent in the future topic. We facilitate Impact Analysis sessions and lead the discussion afterward.

Major Trends and Disruptors Studies

Through a scanning and surveillance process as well as directed research and expert opinion, the team identifies major trends and disruptions that will affect society and your organization. This analysis can be specifically oriented to your organization and packaged in a variety of ways, such as an informal session with a small group, a presentation to your executives, staff, and other stakeholders, a Grand Challenges workshop, or through a Future Study.

Forecasting

Forecasts of future technology form the foundation of any effort to focus on specific markets as they provide the information to justify, prioritize, and track strategic plans. We use a variety of tools across the quantitative-qualitative spectrum to assure that our forecasts are accurate, communicable to a diverse audience, and actionable.

Market Assessments

A firm's market position doesn't last forever these days. When it does hold up, revenue and profits shrink. A market assessment identifies what is happening in the specific market and what can be done about it. This information can be used to create a new strategy and inform employees, customers, financial analysts, and thought leaders of the wisdom of strategy shifts. Or, like a yearly physical checkup, market assessments are simply useful to discern what incremental changes need to be made.

Regional Opportunity Analysis

Geographic areas need to break away from fads and high level visions to find select technology-based opportunities to pursue. These opportunities must match their culture, assets, and abilities in a way that brings all community stakeholders into the process, and empowers them to work as pre-competitive teams to assure success in each chosen area.

Industry Focus Sessions

Members of an industry come together in a pre-competitive forum to identify and address opportunities to benefit the industry. These forums involve surveying industry membership for their care-abouts and pain-points as well as identifying external trends that will impact it. This forms the basis for focus areas for the industry to pursue collaboratively. Our unique tools, extensive knowledge base, and innovative insights will facilitate the focusing activity.

Technology Assessment

Within an organization it is difficult to get a full, balanced, and objective perspective of the investment in technology. Our team acts as a disinterested intermediary to assess factors such as the technical characteristics, customer requirements, technology life, competitiveness, manufacturability, and business case of your investment. The output can take the form of value analysis, risk analysis, or strategic recommendations.

Business Incubator Assessment

Incubators are sponsored by many different organizations: a large company, a university, a community, or a private party. Over a series of crises, new practices in incubation have evolved, for example, in funding, intellectual asset protection, globalization, and in collaboration. The technology landscape is undergoing a sea change in convergence in areas such as digital systems, biotech/nanotech, and infotech/neurotech. An assessment of how well the incubation infrastructure is working with recommendations for change should be done periodically. The HBMG SI&F team’s experience across a range of technologies and organizational types, as well as its understanding of future trends and disruptors, is a source of unique insight for such an assessment.

Future Studies Process Development

A future studies process is a valuable addition to the strategic processes of an organization. It is the headlights that allow the organization to look forward and move faster. Our experience as futurists and our attention to strategic methods, tools, and processes that gain insight from the future is applied to helping you develop a future studies process. The steps involved include gaining an appreciation of the impact of future knowledge, assessing the current futures IQ of the organization, designing a process that fits the care-abouts, capabilities, and culture of the organization, building a business case, and training in tools, techniques, and methodologies needed for the function’s success.

Stakeholder Analysis

Ascertaining the proper role and influence of all the stakeholders in a situation is paramount to a successful outcome. More importantly, understanding the signals of a shift in stakeholder position, and doing the analysis, allows the organization to create messages. Responsive actions can to change those positions so that they are more favorable to the desired outcome.

Impact Analysis

Impact Analysis offers a quick way to uncover the necessary parameters in setting a strategy. It can also be used later for strategy analysis and implementation. It excels at finding gaps and hidden weaknesses, drivers and restraints, and potential wild cards and tipping points. We facilitate impact analysis sessions, and document the results with our recommendations.

Weak Signal Analysis

Weak signals are the seeds for insight, and have many uses in the services we offer. For example, as input to a strategy exercise, weak signals can be the basis for a risk assessment, and rationalize the need for an alternative strategy. In a prior form, they can be the basis for scanning activity to track a scenario. The weak signal analysis team has tools for identifying current and potential weak signals.

Drivers and Constraints / Force Field Analysis

Drivers and constraints and force field analysis methodologies look at forces for change. They derive the factors and their relative strength going into a forecast of technology adoption, understanding of a disruptive event, or other issue. They form the basis of directed decisions in a strategy and differentiate scenarios.

Scenario Planning

Scenarios represent a powerful way to depict the future by using familiar paradigms of visuals and stories to show the broad range of people to be impacted. They also trigger innovative insights by presenting multiple views that can be used to understand convergences and distinctive differences. HBMG's scenario planning uses concepts of weak signals, tipping points, fine tuned events, and probability assessment in addition to the traditional approach to this methodology.

Risk Management Assessment

Many of our techniques are used in assessing the risk of a strategy. For example, the methodologies described for future perspectives that operate in the real world can be applied to the world envisioned by the strategy. Since it is imperative that a modern strategy include technology assumptions and impacts as well as leverage innovation, the knowledge and insight derived from tools and techniques used in innovation management to mitigate risk are also applicable for assessing risk.

SF&I Workshops and Training

Over the Horizon Seminars

One great future perspectives methodology is to organize a series of meetings with leading researchers for the organization and its partners to learn about pertinent technology that is emerging from their labs. This is the time in the technology readiness path where the technology can be shaped to meet the needs of a customer set in an more expeditious, focused, and less-risky way.

Grand Challenges Workshops

Understanding the future is a difficult process to jump start within a group. Diverse care-abouts, mindsets, and knowledge assets are needed to develop, communicate, and implement an organization’s strategy. Grand Challenges Workshops are used to get the organization’s stakeholders on the right starting block. When people realize and agree on the challenges facing the organization, it is easier for them to work on solutions together. The HBMG SI&F team organizes, conducts, and documents such workshops.

Planning for Technological Impact Seminars

This training is built to the specific needs and culture of the organization. This educational seminar is structured to provide insight that leads an organization to the realization that it must transform. The next step in planning is giving the organization the tools, cultural orientation, and incentive to make that transformation.

Collaborative Processes Training

Successful focusing projects involve input from every current and future stakeholder within the project’s scope. This involvement brings dividends in terms of the innovativeness and wisdom of the focus area selection, the sophistication of the resulting action plans, and the increase of buy-in. This involves learning to work collaboratively in a team of teams. Instruction in the new methods, tools, and techniques of collaboration is a valuable part of any focusing activity.

Transformation/Innovation Assistance

In any phase of a strategic or tactical planning endeavor, HBMG is available to move the effort forward. In a variety of settings, such as ideation sessions, small workshops, or conferences, the team's insights and tradecraft can be called on for point services to either conduct, train facilitators, or be an "out of the box" team member.

Technology Management Education

Technology management is a new competency for most organizations. HBMG’s Strategic Insights and Futures team has transferred years of experience in the field, frameworks it has developed, and tools it has built and refined into in-house education for this critical new business function. Beyond a stand-alone offering, this education package can be done in conjunction with project engagement to provide a basic level of skills and a vocabulary that can be used during the engagement and afterwards, assuring that the activity is sustainable.

Red Teaming

Through an independent peer review of a strategy, strategic assessment, or even the strategy setting process itself, the team can enhance your strategy's future perspective resulting in increased buy-in and risk mitigation. The HBMG team is experienced in strategy setting, has a wide range of applicable knowledge in technology, organizational theory, and societal trends, and offers a fresh perspective in connecting the dots.

Business Simulation Games

These games are serious. Adapted from the world of video games and war games, they are a powerful way to engage people who are more action-oriented than cerebral. They can make a strategy more actionable, promote tighter collaboration between planner and implementer, and bring out additional innovative elements to the strategy. A valuable feature of this methodology is its ability to use remote collaboration to improve the time, efficiency, and scope of the strategy setting process.

Strategic Planning Education

It is important that people within an organization be equipped with the tradecraft to understand the future and find ways to harness it. Our training not only provides the tools for knowing the future, but it introduces methodologies to communicate strategic planning, and to organize collaborative teams for planning for the future.

SF&I Tools

Terrain Mapping of Markets and Technologies

Critical to finding the difference-makers in future strategies and plans is knowledge of the terrain the world is going to traverse in the future. Based on the concept of alternative scenarios, this service analyzes drivers and constraints, key future events, wild cards and tipping points, quantitative forecasts, and current research and industry activities. It provides likely probabilities of major scenarios and insights into what to do about each selected scenario.

Technology Transfer/Commercialization

A structured approach that we call "The Ladder" is applied to identify the most effective market for introducing a disruptive technology, determine a strategy for attacking the market that avoids dilution of ownership, and chart an implementation path. Using a number of tools, we uncover the potential, key requirements, value propositions, industry structure, and other information that lets the emerging technology company choose a first market while preparing for an easy fallback if needed.

Market Technology Matrix

For a large organization operating with a wide range of technologies (or potential technologies), it is important to balance the market and technology in a dynamic technology investment portfolio to equalize opportunity, appropriately allot resources, and meet corporate strategic goals. The market technology matrix is a unique HBMG approach to selecting the optimal mix of opportunities to pursue by assessing technology readiness, market potential, and strategic fit across all stages of definition from idea to a business case. This methodology, while structured, does not sacrifice innovation, first-to-market, buy-in, or completeness of solution.

Disruptive Technology Tracking

An organization needs to be constantly on the lookout for new technologies that could enhance the organization’s capabilities, or that may be a competitive threat. Based on knowledge of the organization's strategies and key programs, we use advanced scanning and surveillance techniques combined with experience in technology patterns to connect the dots between those technologies and their impact on your organization.

Technology Transfer Process Evaluation

The HBMG team will work with your science, research, and technology teams to create an actionable, market-focused, and risk-mitigated plan that can be communicated, measured, and adapted. Activities in this area include red teaming, ideation sessions, morphological analysis, process development, and brick wall analysis. Some of the unique approaches the team uses are multimedia content, transmitting science and technology concepts, and "over the horizon” programs, to bring breakthrough technologies to potential commercialization partners.

Roadmap Facilitation

HBMG assists firms in creating all levels of roadmaps based on need: from product and technology, to market services, to asset/knowledge, to capabilities roadmaps. A roadmap is a remarkable communication tool that provides visibility into the impact of strategies and plans on all stakeholders in a shared vehicle. Roadmaps seek insights into alternative development paths, dependencies, and when to worry. The team helps clients in all phases of the roadmapping process, using its customizable framework built over the years from landmark projects such as the first National Semiconductor Industry Roadmap that was instrumental in the U.S. regaining leadership in the semiconductor industry, a mainstay in today’s digital convergence.

Strategy Mapping

Strategy maps are good tools for communicating a strategy to the organization in terms of key metrics embodied in a scorecard that acknowledges both quantitative and qualitative measures. We have advanced this technique to address the new realities of capabilities targeting, collaboration within and without the organization, and future perspectives; all are necessary to make the strategy and its measures dynamic, actionable, and more understandable.

Strategic Foresight

Strategic Foresight analyses bring the human side into technology trends. It also serves to involve a wide range of stakeholders and thinkers to create a more comprehensive, realistic, and accepted view of the future. Besides using the traditional tools of this methodology (Delphi surveys, scenario workshops, impact analysis, scenarios), we extend the activity to involve a more extensive use of tools such as advanced brainstorming techniques, care-about analysis, and weak signal analysis to make the resulting scenarios more complete and planning actions more appropriate.