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Xirocco is purpose-built tool for strategy

Xirocco is a purpose-built, Board-focused business & IT strategy creation tool developed by subject matter experts, with radically innovative features such as “Layer Cake” and “Narratives”. The tool incorporates an industry-first Strategy Framework, workflows, best practices, templates and accelerator content.

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Generic toolset with no strategy design capabilities

PowerPoint and Word are generic, all-purpose information capture and presentation tools. They create static documents that are repositories of point-in-time data. The “thinking” and “content” originate 100% in the author and 0% in the tool. MS Office doesn’t help, intervene or guide users on creating or managing a strategy.

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Strategy-as-a-Service, always relevant

Xirocco introduces innovative Story-Narrative publishing where “narratives” with audience-specific content are created centrally by Admins and published to respective audiences. When core content and data change, all the narratives automatically update to reflect the latest. No more “master deck” with dozens of copies floating around, multiple versions with questionable integrity, and hearing the dreaded question “Am I looking at the latest version of this?”

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Rigid, point-in-time strategy that quickly becomes obsolete

Organisations often use Excel for data analysis, copying graphs and tables as static images into a PowerPoint deck for presentation. Various versions of the deck are then created for different audiences. Over time, content in these decks evolves as recipients edit them in isolation. Every time a document is shared via email, a new copy is created. Eventually, there is no “master copy” of the strategy. As a result, when underlying data or strategic priorities change, updating the strategy becomes impossible for time-starved staff as there is no “truth” anymore.

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Collaborate to create a great strategy, 10x faster

Xirocco is a multi-player application, unlimited users can login and concurrently create a strategy. The built-in strategy framework automatically assures coherence and cohesion by consistently inter-linking outcomes across modules.

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The frankenstrategy that takes forever to create

PowerPoint and Word are not collaboration tools; various SMEs create ‘bits’ of the strategy independently over several months, and a coordinator stitches it all together in the end, the final output resembling a frankenstrategy - disjoint and ambiguous.

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Rich strategy with cause-effect links, drill-downs and analytics

Xirocco is a rich enterprise application, meaning all data elements are defined once and accessed across many modules. Any data entity can be linked or mapped to another data entity in daisy chain, enabling click-throughs, drill-downs and analytics.

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Static display with no interactivity

PowerPoint and Word are not designed to be interactive; content cannot be easily linked or mapped to other content, nor drilled into. Any such features that exist are extremely rudimentary and difficult to configure.

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Gather data 50% faster and keep updated easily

Xirocco features a best practice data schema with minimal mandatory data to get started with. As more data becomes available, the schema can be enriched in iterations. Data upload is through standard templates and APIs, thus shifting onus of accuracy, completeness, relevancy and timeliness to data owners.

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The data gathering nightmare and effort wastage

Excel is used for data gathering, but only one user can edit a file at a time. This massively slows down the process and is often resolved by using one file per data owner with a coordinator for collation. However, data owners provide data in various formats and have no access to coordinator’s master file when their data changes. Also, over time this master file loses relevancy as there is no process to keep it updated.

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Xirocco greatly reduces person dependency

The built-in strategy framework, modules, formats, schema, narratives etc. dramatically reduce person dependency.

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Strategy is completely person dependent

Your strategy is only as good as the last SME and varies thereafter person-to-person.

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Xirocco output is rich and exec-orientated

Xirocco understands what Boards and top leadership look for in a strategy, it guides the user to input data in a prescribed format developed through decades of expertise, automatically ensuring the output is high-quality and exec-orientated.

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Output = Input

Strategies created in PowerPoint and Word are only as good as the artistry and quality of content inputted – if poor thinking and content goes in, then the resulting output is poor as well and vice versa.