Brooklin Consulting: accelerating productivity with OTIP
Brooklin Consulting is a management consulting organisation with worldwide experience in several leading industries. The firm helps companies overcome their unique business challenges, discover their greatest opportunities and achieve significant results. Brooklin Consulting has over 30 years of experience in global consulting, primarily focused on productivity improvement, strategic implementation and digital transformation. Brooklin Consulting specialises in achieving measurable results that improve their client’s performance quickly and efficiently.
Michael Flemming is the Vice President of Brooklin Consulting. He leads projects to execute strategy and improve productivity, working with both senior leaders and front-line employees. Brooklin Consulting has formed a partnership with Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) to help improve productivity. Flemming believes this collaborative business partnership is essential and is the “archetype” of any successful consulting relationship. “We’re able to build trust, and work closely with every level of the organisation, which is the key to building solutions that drive the largest impact and are sustainable beyond the term of our engagement,” he says. “Every single change, large and small, is developed with the front-line managers responsible for the area. We work through the development and testing of solutions, but most importantly, we see those changes through to implementation. The collaboration between consultants and operating managers ensures changes are not just theoretical, but drive improvements in the real world.”
When seeking to establish a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership, Flemming has a clear idea of what he looks for. “We find that the most successful relationships are the ones where we collaborate through every step of the process, regardless if the problem is big or small,” he explains. “We’re prepared to work with clients through every step of the journey to find a solution that is going to succeed. Solutions developed together are always the most successful, and that is a key reason for the strength of our relationship with OTIP, and a key reason our projects have consistently generated 3:1 returns in their first year, while at the same time improving customer service and satisfaction.”
Over the next few years, Flemming expects the future of Brooklin’s relationship with OTIP to continue to thrive as new technology shakes up the industry. “Organisations like OTIP need to be nimble and ready to change at a moment’s notice in order to stay competitive, and I expect key trends revolving around robotics and AI will push analytical decision-making to the next level and provide better quality to customers,” says Flemming. “We’ve been able to install a culture of continuous improvement with OTIP and help adopt those trends quickly and in a meaningful way. I believe the continued strength of our relationship will allow for those future opportunities to be adopted efficiently and robustly.”
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”