Strategic Partners

To meet today’s challenging business landscape of new technologies, new ways of working and new business models, CIO WaterCooler Consultants has partnered with two select companies to offer the breadth of services, reach and geographical coverage needed to drive the end to end transformational changes necessary across all these areas.

We know each of them very well, we collaborate with them, we trust them, and we know the high value their respective services offer.​

Bloor is an independent research and analyst house focused on the idea that Evolution is Essential to business success and ultimately survival. For nearly 30 years we have enabled businesses to understand the potential offered by technology and choose the optimal solutions for their needs.

Bloor is more than just a research company. Since it was founded in 1989, Bloor has maintained a consistently high standard, acknowledged by international press and other industry analysts and commentators as being some of the most authoritative work on computing and business issues. We don’t simply observe and report; we are impartial and independent, but active, participants providing our expert opinion in driving the use of IT in business and society.

Bloor analysts combine their deep knowledge of technology with current trends and drivers in business to assess appropriate technologies and their suitability for businesses now and in the future. They also combine this knowledge and the information gained from interviews with customers and vendors to provide cross-the-industry views for our framework. Whether pushing for better standards in accessibility, removing the hype from Service Oriented Architectures or understanding the impact of the internet on commerce, Bloor has contributed opinions which have moved our clients’ understanding forward.

We also work to standards. The Bloor approach to analysis is based around the Bullseye™ open research framework from the Bullseye Foundation to ensure rigorous, accurate and consistent analysis and clear and meaningful visualisation of market segments and solutions.

Bloor is also innovating the way it provides advice and guidance by providing analyst solutions which add new, and easier, ways for our clients to optimise their IT investments.

650 Labs Brand IdentityMark Zawacki is the Founder of Silicon Valley based 650 Labs.  Since 2001, he has led/supervised engagement teams on more than 400+ clients globally, working a myriad of growth and revenue-related initiatives including corporate strategy, innovation, business and corporate development, alliances/partnering and organisational transformation.

To date, he has worked in over 80 countries globally.  His clients span financial services, mobile/telco, retail, media, automotive, healthcare, technology and energy sectors and have included Toyota, Standard Life, JPMorgan Chase, Union Bank of Switzerland, Rabobank, MasterCard, Tata, Zurich Insurance, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Shell, Telstra, IAG, Volkswagen Group, Novartis, Microsoft, McDonalds, Cisco, Intel, SAP, NTT, Fujitsu, GSMA, Volvo, SITA, Norsk Hydro, Occidental Petroleum, Turkcell and Swisscom.

Prior to founding both 650 Labs, Mark spent nearly a decade as a strategy consultant with the CSC Index, the strategic management consulting division of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and was based in Amsterdam, London, Sydney and San Francisco.  Mark is a frequent speaker, panelist and moderator at industry conferences globally.  Mark is also an occasional guest lecturer at leading business schools globally including Stanford, INSEAD, HEC, London Business School and Wharton.

Mark is also the co-founder of an ambitious controlled environment agriculture project (‘vertical farming’) focused on extremely large-scale production facilities.

650 Labs

650 Labs is a strategic advisory firm focused on helping multinationals globally with their most inextricable business challenges. Our client work is at the intersection of strategy/growth, disruptive innovation and organisation/leadership/culture issues. We work across several sectors including financial services, telco, media, retail, automotive & transport, healthcare, energy and others. We work at C-level. We are analytical and we are direct. We won’t tell you want you want to hear just to curry favor and continue to slip large invoices under your nose. Our thinking is very fresh and supported by our work worldwide as well as our cutting edge management-centric research.

 We partner with Reality HR – specialists in people.

We know that keeping employees trained and engaged, attracting top talent and managing risk are just some of the challenges you are faced with every day and we wondered if you’d considered outsourcing all or some of your HR? We believe doing so is guaranteed to free up your time allowing you to concentrate on your core business, and we’ve found that our trusted partners, Reality HR, are the right people to help support your every HR need.
Reality HR will work in partnership with you to provide a personalised HR service supporting the success of your business.

Why are they different? They understand that every business, like every person, is different. They will take the time to listen, learn and understand the way you work, getting to know the unique opportunities and the challenges you and your teams face. They will then work in close partnership with you to deliver bespoke HR services that help your people, and your business, to thrive and grow.

Offering a full range of HR services, including regular day-to-day support, strategic consultancy, one-off project work, and a rapid response service for those challenging times when urgent support is required, get in touch with Reality HR today to find out more about how their tailored service can help you. Find out more about how they work, meet the team and read what their clients say by visiting: www.realityhr.co.uk

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