Advisory Services

ARC's Advisory Services deliver a comprehensive portfolio of knowledge-based products and services to keep you ahead of the latest industry dynamics and technological changes.  Our analysts sift through the clamor of market hype to deliver clear, concise, supplier-neutral summaries of key trends and technologies

With ARC's Advisory Services, you have information and analysis that improves your day-to-day decision making and strategic planning.  Plus, you have direct access to the industry's leading experts for a wide variety of technology topics and best practices.

ARC Advisory Group is the leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, infrastructure, and cities. ARC stands apart due to our in-depth coverage of both information technologies (IT) and operational technologies (OT) and associated business trends. Our analysts and consultants have the industry knowledge and the first-hand experience to help our clients find the best answers to the complex business issues facing organizations today.

We provide technology supplier clients with strategic market research, and help end user clients develop appropriate adoption strategies and evaluate and select the best technology solutions for their needs.

ARC Advisory Service

Answers to Strategic Questions

With ARC, your strategic decisions have an independent, third party analysis specific to your needs.  Using internal resources, answers to key strategic questions can take many months of study and analysis ? and they often reach the wrong conclusion.  Improved decision-making starts with utilizing ARC's Services.  You and your staff will have the third party knowledge needed to assess industry dynamics and improve operational performance.

  • What are the industry best practices?
  • Which investments provide the best ROI?
  • Who should you partner with and why?
  • Are budgets driven by internal bias or external reality?
  • How do I select and deploy the right technology?
  • What practical steps can be taken to keep on the forefront of operations management trends?
  • Where are the best opportunities for performance improvement?

Respond to Today's Global, Fast-Paced Environment

Industrial Internet of Things

Collaborative Enterprise Concepts

ARC is the global leader in business strategies, operational best practices, industry trends, and technology assessment services for the industry.  We have developed a series of thought-leading enterprise management concepts and best practices that can be used to improve your business.  Use ARC for:

  • Technology Evaluation and Selection
  • Industry Benchmarking and Best Practices
  • Business and Technology Trends
  • System Architecture and Integration Strategy
  • Legacy Systems Migration
  • Total Cost of Ownership
  • Supplier Positioning and Capabilities

Our experienced team of analysts and consultants does more than write reports and analyze market trends; we also offer personal contact and expert consultation customized to your specific needs.

Key Deliverables

You can gain from ARC?s thought leadership through our Advisory Service.  An annual subscription includes these deliverables for one year:

Direct Access to Top ARC Analysts

Advisory Service clients enjoy direct and immediate telephone and email access to all of ARC's industry experts.  The senior ARC consultant assigned to your account, backed by ARC's entire research team, will be an invaluable addition to your staff.  You can get answers to questions on emerging technologies, enterprise applications, plant automation, as well as strategic issues.  Here are some examples of questions you can ask our analysts:

  • What technologies and products fit my industry and should be adopted?
  • How should I go about selecting suppliers?
  • What type of partnership contract should I sign?
  • What method should I use to cost justify my projects?
  • Which technologies provide the best ROI?

The ability to speak directly with the ARC analysts is one of the most valuable features of ARC's Advisory Services.  The information and assistance you receive is customized to your requirements.  ARC can provide an impartial expert viewpoint to help you make strategic decisions.  Advisory Service clients also receive preferential rates and priorities for consulting services covering a wide range of activities including vendor qualification, executive technology briefings, product specification, strategic planning, alliances, acquisitions, and market research.

ARC's market research efforts give us a unique perspective and ability to answer wide ranging questions.  As an Advisory Service client you will be able to tap into a wealth of product knowledge and industry experience for assistance in making your strategic decisions.  If you are involved in the planning, budgeting, specification, or selection of automation products and enterprise applications, ARC can help you make informed, cost-saving decisions.

Personalized Strategy Session

Your strategy review session with ARC analysts will have an agenda that is tailored to meet your particular needs.  In your strategy session, ARC typically presents an assessment of technology and industry trends affecting your business.  Then, your team presents their strategic plan.  An informed discussion provides the opportunity to gather strategic direction that improves and extends your business initiatives.  Also, the ARC team has a better understanding of your needs so they can better serve you.  During the Strategy Session, we can:

  • Update your executives and staff on the latest trends in technologies, markets, and supplier directions
  • Consider the impact of emerging technologies
  • Review business practices and organization to meet today's challenges
  • Discuss the benefits of new applications in enterprise or manufacturing systems
  • Examine integrating enterprise applications with plant control systems
  • Obtain an external view free of internal bias

ARC's analysts thoroughly understand enterprise, supply chain, internet of things, and plant systems with both researched industry knowledge as well as hands-on familiarity.  Our people have years of personal experience working the business issues you face.
 

Weekly ARC Insights and Views

ARC Insights and Views are delivered weekly or as news happens to not only alert you to important events, but also to provide ARC's unique perspective on the impact they will have on the industry.

The dynamic nature of the industrial market can cause changes with immediate impact on your enterprise and automation projects or plans.  ARC Insights and Views alert you to important events and trends, with analysis on its impact and recommendations for success.  Breaking information can be the difference between costly mistakes or profitable new approaches.

ARC Insights and Views are delivered weekly in PDF format to all Advisory Service clients.  They are also available on-line in the Client Only Portal.

Monthly ARC Strategies, Best Practices Reports, and Solution Guides

ARC Strategies, Best Practices, and Solutions Guides are easy to read, yet packed with valuable information.  The reports are praised by Advisory Service clients as being worth the price of the service in themselves.   ARC Strategies and Solutions Guides provide in-depth coverage of applications, new technologies, or leading suppliers.  ARC Best Practice reports identify the best practices used by the leading manufacturing companies related to specific topics of interest to our clients.

The reports are delivered monthly in PDF format to all Advisory Service clients.  They are also available on-line in the Client Only Portal. 

One Technology Evaluation and Selection Guide

What technologies should you adopt and what suppliers should you work with to help position your company to take advantage of the latest round of technology changes while prioritizing your investments wisely?  ARC Technology Evaluation and Selection Guides can help a technology selection team find common ground, with lower risk and in far less time.

ARC Forum Tickets

ARC Advisory Service clients receive free forum tickets which can be used for any of ARC's forums.  ARC conducts several executive forums each year around the world.  These forums are designed to provide a strategic vision to help industry executives follow the direction of the industry, as well as provide a technology focus for IT, supply chain, engineering, maintenance and operational managers. 

Please visit our Upcoming Events section for information on upcoming ARC Forums.

ARC Presentations on Current Hot Topics

ARC analysts are well known for their expertise and are frequent speakers at many industry leading events.  Would content from a premier analyst organization add credibility to your next presentation?   Supporting slides from ARC Advisory Group will make your presentation more convincing.   Prospects, customers, peers, and your management will value the inclusion of strategic direction from an independent analyst. 

ARC analysts put extensive research and creativity into their presentations.  Used to advise clients on strategic direction in ARC's world renowned Strategy Forums, these presentations are focused on the cutting-edge issues in enterprise and manufacturing systems.  They are available for viewing by our Advisory Service clients on the Client Only Portal.  With appropriate annotation, our clients have permission to use these slides in their presentations.  Now, your search for the 'perfect slide' will be easier.

Password to Client Area of Website

A subscription to ARC's Advisory Services includes access to a collaborative, on-line resource dedicated to ARC's clients.  ARC's Client Portal contains a vast amount of information based on extensive research conducted over the past two decades.  This includes all weekly and monthly reports, ARC Forum presentations, and more.  Specific information can be easily found via the site's powerful search capabilities.

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