Global Engineering Optimization

Global Engineering Optimization

Global Engineering Optimization

Global Engineering Optimization

We work with engineering organizations to build an efficient R&D organization by transforming their global footprint to drive operational efficiency and strategic impact.

The increasing gap between optimal and operating structure in growing organizations lowers operational efficiencies and may even hinder innovation by unnecessarily tying up investments. We work with engineering organizations to identify areas to be optimized in order to become leaner, faster and innovative. We leverage our extensive experience in organization transformation to –

  • a) identify areas of automation and standardization,
  • b) create opportunities for higher collaboration internally as well as with external partners,
  • c) leverage the global ecosystem of partners to its full potential,
  • d) create a strong R&D organization that is conducive to drive innovation by freeing up necessary bandwidth and investments.

We assess and analyze organizations across levers such as products, processes, people and partnerships to successfully optimize their global footprint. We further define the blueprint of the new global organization and help execute this transformation end to end.


  • We help vendor management teams make strategic decisions on which partner to work with, how to optimize talent, costs, processes to drive innovation, etc.
    Global Location Intelligence

    Analyzing the best strategy for target locations

    Location Suitability Analysis

    COSTS
    Comprises of operating costs & center setup costs
    ECOSYSTEM MATURITY
    Presence of peer companies, start-ups, ISPs, universities across selected locations
    STRATEGIC RELEVANCE
    Proximity to end-customer and familiarity with local context
    TALENT POOL
    Talent across Universities, peer organizations, expat movement, talent retention, etc.
    BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
    Government policies, incentives, IT parks, SEZs, Industry associations, etc.
    Right Arrow
    Global Location

    Location intelligence helps identify the optimal geographies to address the organization objectives around new age talent, market expansion, local ecosystem leverage, and driving innovation with global partners.

  • We help organizations to transform their global R&D footprint in a holistic manner to realize business objectives that can lead to operational efficiency and strategic impact.
    Global Engineering Transformation

    Optimizing the organization through strategic initiatives

    A scattered global R&D footprint can potentially lead to operational issues and strategic challenges. As this footprint mushrooms, it becomes increasingly difficult for HQ to give equal attention to all its offshore centers.

    PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS

    The portfolio analysis framework helps determine which teams can be seeded in global delivery centers

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    PEER ANALYSIS

    The peer benchmarking analysis framework helps determine key insights and best practices from peers

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    LOCATION ANALYSIS

    The location analysis helps determine which locations are the best suited for the identified portfolio

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    OUTCOME

    To assess the portfolio and identify opportunities to rebalance the R&D organization to support business objectives

    To invest in newer business opportunities

    To drive disruptive innovation, supported by strong local leverage

  • We help set up Centers of Excellences in identified key geographic locations and also define initiatives to up the maturity level of specific centers.
    COE Setup
    COE Setup

    Setting up niche centers of excellence;
    Program managing them end-to-end

    Business Case Creation

    Design the business case

    • Focus Area Analysis
    • Benefits of a COE
    • Peer Analysis

    COE Design

    Outline the design framework

    • Structure and ownership
    • Engagement model
    • Funding
    • Operating model
    • Partnerships
    • KPIs and success criteria

    Setup and Governance

    Setup and define governance charter

    • End-to-end program management
    • Forge strategic partnerships
    • Define engagement models, roles, and responsibilities
    • Structure standard operating processes
    • Outline KPIs
    • Continuous monitoring of KPIs
    • Risk identification and mitigation plans

  • We analyze and assess the viability of automating all the product engineering activities after code is checked in and help outline a roadmap to achieve the desired state of automation. This results in faster time to market, better product quality, and optimal R&D costs. Additionally, we also help structure the engineering automation team, establish vendor guidelines, and program manage the transformation end-to-end, including implementation.
    Engineering Automation
    Engineering Automation

    Helping automate engineering processes to
    make enterprises more agile

    Engineering Automation

    Analysis, Assessment, and Roadmap design to achieve desired state across all BUs

    Engineering Automation

    Structure Product Engineering Automation team and establish vendor guidelines

    Engineering Automation

    End-to-end program management, including implementation

  • We identify legacy products for optimization using our proprietary CREST framework and analyze their potential, based on which we help decide the future course of action to drive efficiency.
    Portfolio Management

    Identifying and managing legacy products effectively

    Steps
    Identify Legacy Products

    Using CREST framework, identify legacy products for optimization

    Identifying which products are legacy and prioritize them for action

    The portfolio would be evaluated across multiple dimensions like:

    • Competitor Landscape
    • Revenue Generation
    • External Dependencies
    • Strategic Importance
    • Technology Obsolescence

    Identify optimization levers

    Using 5 levers framework, analyze potential

    The 5 levers which companies use to optimize the spend on Legacy Products

    • Engineering IT Optimization
    • Automation
    • Workforce Planning
    • Globalization
    • Vendor Partner Engagement

    Decide course of action

    Using Return vs Risk analysis, decide which products and which levers to apply to optimize

    Map each product against impact on 4 dimensions to understand risk areas

    • Customers
    • Employees
    • Business Operations
    • Technology
We help vendor management teams make strategic decisions on which partner to work with, how to optimize talent, costs, processes to drive innovation, etc.
Global Location Intelligence

Analyzing the best strategy for target locations

Location Suitability Analysis

COSTS
Comprises of operating costs & center setup costs
ECOSYSTEM MATURITY
Presence of peer companies, start-ups, ISPs, universities across selected locations
STRATEGIC RELEVANCE
Proximity to end-customer and familiarity with local context
TALENT POOL
Talent acorss Universities, peer organizations, expat movement, talent retention, etc.
BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
Government policies, incentives, IT parks, SEZs, Industry associations, etc.
Right Arrow
Global Location

Location intelligence helps identify the optimal geographies to address the organization objectives around new age talent, market expansion, local ecosystem leverage, and driving innovation with global partners.

We help organizations to transform their global R&D footprint in a holistic manner to realize business objectives that can lead to operational efficiency and strategic impact.
Global Engineering Transformation

Optimizing the organization through strategic initiatives

A scattered global R&D footprint can potentially lead to operational issues and strategic challenges. As this footprint mushrooms, it becomes increasingly difficult for HQ to give equal attention to all its offshore centers.

PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS

The portfolio analysis framework helps determine which teams can be seeded in global delivery centers

+
PEER ANALYSIS

The peer benchmarking analysis framework helps determine key insights and best practices from peers

+
LOCATION ANALYSIS

The location analysis helps determine which locations are the best suited for the identified portfolio

=
OUTCOME

To assess the portfolio and identify opportunities to rebalance the R&D organization to support business objectives

To invest in newer business opportunities

To drive disruptive innovation, supported by strong local leverage

We help set up Centers of Excellences in identified key geographic locations and also define initiatives to up the maturity level of specific centers.
COE Setup
COE Setup

Setting up niche centers of excellence;
Program managing them end-to-end

Business Case Creation

Design the business case

  • Focus Area Analysis
  • Benefits of a COE
  • Peer Analysis

COE Design

Outline the design framework

  • Structure and ownership
  • Engagement model
  • Funding
  • Operating model
  • Partnerships
  • KPIs and success criteria

Setup and Governance

Setup and define governance charter

  • End-to-end program management
  • Forge strategic partnerships
  • Define engagement models, roles, and responsibilities
  • Structure standard operating processes
  • Outline KPIs
  • Continuous monitoring of KPIs
  • Risk identification and mitigation plans

We analyze and assess the viability of automating all the product engineering activities after code is checked in and help outline a roadmap to achieve the desired state of automation. This results in faster time to market, better product quality, and optimal R&D costs. Additionally, we also help structure the engineering automation team, establish vendor guidelines, and program manage the transformation end-to-end, including implementation.
Engineering Automation
Engineering Automation

Helping automate engineering processes to make enterprises more agile

Engineering Automation

Analysis, Assessment, and Roadmap design to achieve desired state across all BUs

Engineering Automation

Structure Product Engineering Automation team and establish vendor guidelines

Engineering Automation

End-to-end program management, including implementation

We identify legacy products for optimization using our proprietary CREST framework and analyze their potential, based on which we help decide the future course of action to drive efficiency.
Legacy Portfolio Management

Identifying and managing legacy products effectively

STEP 1
Identify Legacy Products

Using CREST framework, identify legacy products for optimization

Identifying which products are legacy and prioritize them for action

The portfolio would be evaluated across multiple dimensions like:

  • Competitor Landscape
  • Revenue Generation
  • External Dependencies
  • Strategic Importance
  • Technology Obsolescence

STEP 2
Identify optimization levers

Using 5 levers framework, analyze potential

The 5 levers which companies use to optimize the spend on Legacy Products

  • Engineering IT Optimization
  • Automation
  • Workforce Planning
  • Globalization
  • Vendor Partner Engagement

STEP 3
Decide course of action

Using Return vs Risk analysis, decide which products and which levers to apply to optimize

Map each product against impact on 4 dimensions to understand risk areas

  • Customers
  • Employees
  • Business Operations
  • Technology

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Management Team

Nilesh Thakker | Zinnov

Nilesh Thakker
Partner & Head of US Operations

Nilesh has over two decades of Executive leadership experience in technology companies and has led operations in enterprise and consumer software, Cloud Computing and Product Management.

Sukanya Roy | Zinnov

Sukanya Roy
Associate Director

Sukanya has over 12 years experience in consulting and corporate strategy. Her focus is on globalization strategy- setting up and operating global centers as well as partnering with global vendors, innovation management and start-up engagements.

Anthony Kiran | Zinnov

Anthony Kiran
Engagement Lead

Anthony has more than 9 years of experience in the research and consulting industry with specific focus on disruptive technologies, captive center setup and maturity assessment. Prior to Zinnov, he was associated with Cognizant & Evalueserve

Amita Goyal | Zinnov

Amita Goyal
Engagement Lead

Amita has over 8 years of experience in New Product Development, R&D, Strategy, Innovation Management, and Project Management. Prior to Zinnov she worked at R&D HQ of Canon Inc, Tokyo and comes with a strong global experience in managing cross-cultural teams.