WGroup Named One of The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors

by WGroup

WGroup has been named one of The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors for 2017 as ranked by IAOP® (International Association of Outsourcing Professionals). Each year, IAOP employs a rigorous scoring methodology to distinguish the top 20 consulting, legal and sourcing advisory firms in the world. Nominees are judged by a panel of industry-recognized outsourcing leaders, and inclusion is based on stringent evaluation across criteria such as size, growth, customer satisfaction, depth of competence, and management capabilities.

IAOP announced the list for The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors on February 20 at the 2017 Outsourcing World Summit® in San Antonio, TX.

“Now, more than ever, outsourcing end users need to be able to easily identify and select the right company for their outsourcing needs,” said Debi Hamill, IAOP CEO and Global Outsourcing 100 co-judging chair. “It is a great recognition being named to The Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors lists. Given the strong, global competition, these companies should be proud of achieving excellence in the field.”

“Since our inception, WGroup has been known by the world’s leading organizations as a premier outsourcing advisory firm with an unwavering commitment to helping our clients drive business value,” says WGroup’s President & CEO, Harry Wallaesa. “This year, IAOP solicited input directly from our clients. We are especially honored to be named to The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors list based on the passion and advocacy from our clients – this recognition affirms our leadership in the sourcing advisory space.”

WGroup is an independent technology and sourcing advisory firm with a reputation of helping organizations drive IT transformation. WGroup approaches sourcing with a focus on business value and business outcomes. The unique part of WGroup’s business model is that all of its consultants are former CIOs and former IT and sourcing executives. The firm is composed are true technologists with practical hands-on experience.

WGroup’s Chief Marketing Officer, Domenic Colasante, states “we are proud of the formal recognition by IAOP as a top outsourcing advisor”. Domenic says, “The sourcing industry is under tremendous change that is underpinned by automation, new delivery models, and an uncertain regulatory future. In spite of that, WGroup has more than doubled in size over the past two years. It’s clear that organizations are looking for a different kind of sourcing advisory firm in the marketplace, and we look forward to continuing to be that firm as we help clients accelerate IT transformation and maximize business value from sourcing initiatives.”

The 2017 Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors lists will be published in the June 2017 Fortune 500 issue of FORTUNE® magazine.

About IAOP

IAOP is the go-to association leading the way to improve outsourcing outcomes by bringing together customers, providers and advisors in a collaborative, knowledge-based environment that promotes professional development, recognition, certification and excellence. With over 120,000 members and affiliates worldwide, IAOP is not only on top of the latest trends but in front of them. Through its expansive global chapter network, premier training and certification programs, knowledge center, member community and more, IAOP helps members learn, grow and succeed. For more information and how you can become involved, visit http://www.IAOP.org.

About WGroup

Founded in 2004, WGroup is a technology management consulting firm that provides Strategy, Management and Execution Services to optimize business performance, minimize cost and create value. Our consultants have years of experience both as industry executives and trusted advisors to help clients think through complicated and pressing challenges to drive their business forward.
Visit us at www.thinkwgroup.com or give us a call at (610) 854-2700 to learn how we can help you.

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WGroup Expands Security Practice with the Addition of Jim Nelms, Industry-Leading CISO

by WGroup

IT security is top of mind for all organizations, and every IT leader is being asked questions about corporate risk, data security and privacy by Business Leadership and the Board. While there may be an increased focus on the topic of information security in the marketplace, independent and impartial advice is still difficult to find. A great number of today’s IT security “consulting” firms operate as a front for product and software sales. Business leaders require an impartial view of risk, people, process and technology to holistically manage security to an acceptable threshold. WGroup, a technology agnostic IT Management Consulting Firm, has invested significantly in expanding its IT Security Advisory Practice – focused solely on providing clients with independent advice to lower cyber security risk in the enterprise.

Over the past several years, a fundamental shift has occurred within information security leaders that has transformed the role from being solely technology-focused, to a strategic business leadership role. Operationally this means that rather than just reactively responding to security incidents, the focus has evolved into an intelligent, holistic risk management. This requires expertise in both technical and business environments.

A marquee leader in information security, Jim Nelms, has joined WGroup as a Principal Consultant. Jim is the former Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Mayo Clinic where he successfully protected patient, intellectual property and financial data with zero known loss. Previously, he also served as CISO for The World Bank for Treasury and Global Operations for nearly 15 years. WGroup Founder and CEO, Harry Wallaesa, shares his excitement of Jim joining the WGroup team, “Our clients are demanding impartial guidance that positions them to effectively manage cyber security risks. I am pleased to have Jim join the team as a chief advisor for our clients. His experience as a CISO aligns squarely with the value proposition of our firm, to deliver executive-to-executive impartial advisory that achieves the outcomes IT executives need today.”

With a focus on transforming IT into a driver of business value, WGroup’s security services span:

  • Security Strategy
  • Security Priority Setting
  • Private Equity Security Advisory
  • Board-Focused Security Planning
  • Risk Analysis
  • Security, Compliance, and Vulnerability Audits
  • Employee Awareness
  • Website and Application Testing
  • Identity and Access Management Policy
  • BYOD Security
  • Advanced Persistent Threat Analysis
  • Security Policy and Tools
  • Staffing of hard to find IT security and leadership roles on an interim or permanent basis

    WGroup has delivered security consulting services for some time. Recently, projects completed include defining an IT Security Strategy for a Fortune 100 manufacturer, defining and implementing a program to improve IT security processes for a manufacturer with revenues exceeding $3 billion, conducting a full-scale IT security assessment and defining a remediation roadmap for a Private Equity owned consumer products company, and conducting a comprehensive IT Security audit, plan, and roadmap for a fast-growth mid-sized Healthcare Provider.

    Whether it’s readying for your next board overview, a full security scan to baseline the business, or targeted focus areas such as access management, WGroup can provide the independent advice to help better secure your enterprise – from internal and external threats.

    For more information, contact WGroup’s Chief Marketing Officer, Domenic Colasante, at (610) 854-2700.

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  • upGrow Promises Staffing with Higher Standards

    by WGroup
    Newly Launched Staffing Firm Focuses on Excellence

    April 5, 2016 – (Radnor, PA)—Today, WGroup, a Management Consulting firm focused on technology, announced the creation of upGrow, an IT Staffing company. Recruiting quality IT talent is a challenge for many large organizations and upGrow promises to provide a higher standard of staffing resources.

    upGrow is a response by WGroup to serve a rapidly emerging market that is of critical importance to customers. Contingent labor is strategic to most organizations as it allows them to scale quickly and remain agile in a competitive marketplace.

    Many IT leaders today are frustrated by staffing firms who submit unqualified resumes, take extended time to produce viable candidates, and place the full burden of screening for quality back on the client. upGrow is unique in that it leverages WGroupPrincipals, seasoned IT and business leaders with 20+ years of experience, to assess needs and vet resources. This reduces the length of the recruiting cycle on the client side and ensures a greater success rate of submitted candidates. Furthermore, Principals of WGroup are connected to thousands of quality resources, enabling upGrow to staff a majority of roles with personal connections and referred talent from their network.

    “With the full force of WGroup Principals and their collective networks, upGrow is uniquely prepared to provide first-class IT staffing services,” observes Kerry Marker, General Manager of upGrow. “Our candidate search and evaluation process is driven by IT leaders – not recent college graduates like many other firms – ensuring that upGrow represents the best on both sides of the equation.”

    “Customers want successful outcomes, and we are committed to supporting that goal at all costs. WGroup’s leading consultancy, coupled with upGrow services, empowers us to assess client needs, align qualified candidates, and reduce time to value.”

    In addition to deep industry experience, one of the most significant competitive advantages of upGrow is their unique commitment to candidates. With an emphasis on quality over quantity, upGrow works closely with potential employees to meticulously and professionally assess their experience, skill, and career objectives.

    upGrow offers contract staffing, contract-to-hire, and direct placement employment options and is flexible in how it aims to partner with clients. It specializes in placing mid-level through executive talent, focusing in key areas such as infrastructure, application development, program management, analytics, automation, and security.

    “We’re not your typical staffing company,” says Marker, who is also Director of Recruiting at WGroup. “Customers want successful outcomes, and we are committed to supporting that goal at all costs. WGroup’s leading consultancy, coupled with upGrow services, empowers us to assess client needs, align qualified candidates, and reduce time to value.”

    WGroup has proven success partnering with Fortune 1000 clients in the areas of IT strategy, IT sourcing advisory, IT transformation, and security. upGrow is positioned to deliver additional service capabilities that follow the same principals of quality that are the hallmark of WGroup.

    “Employers partnering with upGrow will see superior levels of professionalism, quality, and results” continues Marker. “Ultimately, upGrow will redefine what it means to be a trusted staffing partner in the industry today.”

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    About WGroup

    Founded in 1995, WGroup is a technology management consulting firm that provides Strategy, Management and Execution Services to optimize business performance, minimize cost and create value. Our consultants have years of experience both as industry executives and trusted advisors to help clients think through complicated and pressing challenges to drive their business forward.

    About upGrow

    upGrow is not a traditional staffing company.

    We know technology and we know people. We are connected to over 2 million IT executives and have successfully partnered with hundreds of leading and Fortune 1000 organizations around the world. We offer a full spectrum of staffing and consulting services and work with our clients to help them solve complex and strategic resource needs.

    Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, upGrow delivers a powerful blend of experience, knowledge and analytical capabilities that defines a differentiated value that we bring to every recruiting process. We are staffing with higher standards.

    For more information on upGrow, to partner with them on placement needs, or to initiate representation as a job seeker please visit them on the web at www.upGrowStaffing.com or contact Kerry Marker at 610-727-0584.

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