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CONSULTING, AUDIT & TAX SERVICES

OUTCOME-BASED ENGAGEMENTS

PRODUCTIZED
DIGITAL SERVICES

NEED FOR SPEED

As consulting, audit, and tax firms fight to improve talent development, utilization, project profitability, and client satisfaction, the traditional "time and materials" business model which worked in the past is being steadily replaced by outcome-based pricing. Consulting clients are increasingly rewarding business outcomes rather than effort input and are negotiating prices accordingly. This marked trend towards fixed price and milestone-based engagements is both a means to drive up profit margins as well as a significant delivery and estimating accuracy risk.

A second major trend for consulting firms is the development of productized digital services creating recurring revenue streams that can be delivered more profitably. With these, revenue is even more divorced from the effort input, thus accurate estimating and pricing and the ability to track and mitigate risk becomes more critical during the proposal stage. 

A final trend is an ever-accelerating pace of doing business, and your ability to be one step ahead will set you apart from your competition. Customers are expecting proposals in days, not weeks or months. Your sales team needs the ability to put together proposals faster than ever before.  

All these trends point to the same thing, you need to rethink the way you estimate proposals. It is critical to both your growth and your margins. You can no longer afford to have your estimates die in an Excel spreadsheet. The good news is, with Twenty5, you can soon build a virtuous cycle of delivering more and more accurate bids faster by leveraging your growing project knowledge base and adding the expert input from your team - estimating is both an art and a science.  

SAP INDUSTRY CLOUD FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Twenty5 is SAP's Industry Cloud Partner for Project Pricing & Estimating for the Professional Services Industry

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"The pricing and estimating solution developed by Twenty5 will add comprehensive and compelling capabilities to our portfolio, enabling our customers to submit bids faster and with more confidence and close the loop between bidding and executing projects"

Jonathan Rhodes, Global Head of Professional Services Industry, SAP 

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CAPABILITIES

For consulting, audit, and tax firms, there are some essential capabilities needed for bidding for a new  project. Here are the ones we believe are especially important to you. 

PROJECT KNOWLEDGE BASE

Get better for every time

Gather proposal and project data and mine it for future bids. Define best practices for repeatable project types. Set up a new proposal faster and build upon the knowledge that you have gathered

RATE MANAGEMENT

Flexibility and control over applied rates

Manage cost, billing, and intercompany rates at any level; e.g. standard rates decks by business unit, in any currency. Overwrite rates for any proposal with appropriate audit trail and authorizations 

PROPOSAL REVIEW 

"Pitch-ready" reporting and interactive analysis

Report based on a single source of truth. Slice and dice your proposal using our powerful price/cost workbench. Understand risk-adjusted cost and margins 

RISK & OPPORTUNITIES

Proactively manage uncertainty

Manage risk & opportunities already from the proposal phase. Especially as you engage in fixed-price bids, early capture of risk will ensure you have appropriate contingencies in place 

ESTIMATING COCKPIT

Simpler than Excel and more powerful

We want to delight our users, making planning simple and intuitive. With our responsive, interactive cockpit you forecast hours, days, or FTE by period, or plan using sophisticated formulas

PRICING

A range of pricing strategies

Price using standard T&M, cost-plus, or fixed price strategies. Price fixed-price contracts using billing rates. Configure your own price strategies. Use different pricing strategies for different line items 

CONTRACT & PROJECT SETUP

Seamless handover to delivery organization

Save hours of work for every won project by automating the creation of contract and project after a proposal has been won. Also, retain your estimated cost baseline for future comparison

VERSIONS & WHAT-IF ANALYSIS

Capture the iterative process

Creating proposals is an iterative process and now you can both capture each iteration in a new version and also do analysis to compare the versions

 

BENEFITS by ROLE

Different people will experience different benefits. As a whole, it can change the way you do business. 

Samantha
May

Client Partner

  • Deliver proposals faster

  • Flexible pricing options, such as fixed fees on T&M rates

  • Coordinate bid team 

Client Partner

Chris
Reed

Engagement Manager

  • Accurate estimates

  • Compare estimated, planned and actual margins

  • Risk registry and contingencies ready to go

Engagement Mgr

Sandra
Smith

Proposal, Project, Finance Admin

  • Accelerate proposal setup

  • Automate project & contract setup when winning bids

  • Manage cost & bid rates

Admin

 

RESOURCES

Below are some additional resources to help you learn more about our solution and how it might help you. 

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