Acareo Ltd

Focusing on the main thing!

Property Insurance

4 weeks in to a new contract with a major NW based specialist property insurer and it is all go. Moulding together a new team is never easy but we are getting there with a great mix of in-house and contract staff shaping up to make a very capable transformation machine. There are many challenges […]

Time for change

Arguably in our line of business it is always time for change – without change we have no business! After almost 6 months with a large insurance broker working on a complete Quote and Buy replacement across multiple products with multiple solution platforms our time is nearly done. Once we go live with the first […]

New contract as Endsleigh commission Acareo

Well, thankfully that didn’t take long! Having finished a previous contract on 10th March, our MD, Andy Oddy, recently met with the core of an insurance company transformation team – the programme sponsor and the project manager. They were looking for a resource that can provide an experienced business analysis service, a “go get” self starter […]

User Stories and/or Use Cases?

There is often confusion in the mind of the business analyst about the need for or application of user stories and Use Cases, especially if the organisation hasn’t been exposed to these tools and techniques in the past. User stories (syntax: as a <who>, I need to <what>, so that <why>) are useful to define […]

Taxation, austerity and small business – life or death?

So, with effect from 1st April the flat rate VAT Scheme is changing.It seems our business is now caught by what HMRC term as a “limited costs business”.  Essentially, because our costs of goods is less than 2% of turnover we will have to pay an additional 2% VAT. This coupled up with a reduction […]

Downtime – the bit between contracts

We’ve just finished a great 6 months with a mid-size legal practice in Manchester and are now looking for the next contract. Every time a contract comes to an end there is a period of uneasiness coupled with expectation: Uneasiness because you don’t know when the next contract will start (or where) and you still have […]

Keeping you focused

With change inevitably comes uncertainty. Organisations are concerned about their finances, especially costs; staff about their jobs, customers about the quality and availability of services or products. Technological change is happening all around us; businesses see savings, opportunities for new markets and but are they geared up for the pace of change and the challenges […]

Shift Happens

We made this slideshow back in 2012 – it is still relevant today; just that the numbers will be even more dramatic as the pace of change speeds up.

Localism – democracy and the dangers of referenda

With the Localism Bill to be published imminently there is already talk of it being a “Nimby Charter”; a world where the vote of the majority on a single issue is the only vote that matters, no matter how un-informed or self-interested the electorate might be. The pro-localism lobby are citing the likely introduction of […]

Big freeze shows how big society might work – or not?

So, a few inches of snow and the country grinds to a halt – again. “Chaos” cry the news papers/channels; a inquiry will be held into the performance of the Highways Agency and local authorities to establish just why our motorways ground to a halt, even when we knew the snow was coming. Myself, I […]

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