We Help Build Better Companies By Optimizing Technology and Operations
X1 is a technology-oriented firm that supports private equity, investors, boards, owners and leaders within the middle market to improve their companies via optimized technology. We serve as operators to provide IT advisory and execution expertise, leveraging our decades of technology leadership experience across hundreds of companies. We establish tailored strategies, appropriate budgets and the right talent to support transactions or execute improvement initiatives for our partners.
Assess the Current State
We begin our work by thoroughly understanding our clients. This is key in making practical and effective suggestions that will work for them. To do this, we rely upon an experienced operator and supporting specialists to conduct a thorough examination of the people, processes, and technology in place. This includes visiting the company, conducting interviews, and gathering feedback through surveys and available data.
We also aim to gain insight by experiencing the customer journey. This in-depth assessment allows us to understand the company, its culture, and any strengths or weaknesses that may have been identified. Our experts have a wealth of experience in leading and transforming IT and operations, and apply that knowledge to the assessment process.
Execute the Plan to Generate Results
Knowing where you want to go is only the first step. Having a great plan doesn't mean much if it's not executed properly. This is where many companies fall short, believing that they can just fit a plan into their already busy schedule.
We're here to help by providing dedicated leadership and resources and working closely with your team to ensure that plans are carried out from start to finish. For clients who invest in the long-term, we often see returns of over 10 times the initial investment.
Create a Strategic Plan
We've noticed that many companies struggle with having a clear plan in place. While they may have a general idea of what they want to achieve, a vision alone is not enough to make it a reality. This is especially true for IT departments, which may be seen as just a necessary aspect of the business rather than a strategic enabler.
We work with our clients to overcome this issue and create a strategy for IT (and the business, where necessary) that addresses potential risks, ensures consistency and scalability, and creates new opportunities for growth. These plans are tailored to each individual client and provide practical, well-rounded suggestions that align with the company's goals, abilities, and culture.
Private Equity: Merger, Acquisition, Transaction and F100 Management
IT-Focused Assessments and Due Diligence
Strategic Planning and Execution
Board and Advisory Roles
Fractional and Interim CIO, CTO, COO Roles
Program and Project Management
Process Optimization and Automation
Technology Budget Creation and Benchmarking
Leadership Recruitment and Hiring Assistance
Technology Evaluation and Selection
Business Intelligence and Analytics Strategies
Customer Experience Improvement
X1 was founded by executives of a $400M company that had navigated through bankruptcy, acquisition and merger / integration guided by private equity. Through this amazing journey, we discovered just how powerful and effective a small team - focused on a clear mission - can be. We combined our collective capabilities in operations, technology and finance and established X1 in 2014.
Provide technology and operational excellence to investors, private equity, and companies that lack dedicated operators, functional leadership or the expertise required to move their organizations to the next level.
Since 2014, we have guided scores of companies through IT turnarounds, improvements, strategy development and in transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and carve outs. We take pride in the value of our engagements, our honest and open approach with our clients, and in the relationships we have developed along this journey.
Client Testimonial: CEO, Shipping & Logistics Industry
“My company has worked with the team at X1 as we have transformed our organization over the last several years. As a technology enabled service provider, having a modern, high reliability platform is core to our success.
X1 has been instrumental in helping us de-risk and modernize our entire technology offering. This included deep involvement in everything from planning, vendor selection, personnel decisions, and ultimately day to day execution of many projects.
The team’s technical knowledge is incredibly strong, but even stronger has been Justin’s understanding of the softer issues that must be dealt with when undertaking such a large initiative. His assistance in helping us navigate the human side of the change – communication with our board, change management for employees and users, etc. – made me as the CEO feel that I not only had a strong technical firm advising me, but that I had a true business partner helping me guide our strategy.”
Get Started - Let's Talk
It all starts with a simple discussion - no obligations. We would love to hear about your situation and determine how we can assist. Fill out the form below, or reach out to us directly at info@x1consulting and we will connect with you to discuss your specific needs.
We look forward to partnering with you on your journey.