What is a C-P-PTM engagement?

A Compete-Protect-PerformTM (C-P-P) engagement is the most comprehensive vehicle offered by SDS for positioning the client organization and its leadership at a measurable advantage relative to its competitors.  The underlying premise of C-P-P is that successful executives are passionate about maximizing their business’ competitiveness, while protecting their investments and improving performance.  This premise is measured in the business world in terms of sustainable growth, shareholder value, profitability, market share and other performance specific factors.  Similarly, the military services measure it in terms of their ability to carry out assigned missions, meet objectives and, when at war, emerging victorious with minimal losses in material and personnel.

The C-P-P process is all about you, the client, and your unique challenges, operating reality and winning objectives.  As a result, C-P-P is not a formula or commodity that can be ‘cookie-cut’ to fit every engagement, as would a simple model or checklist based approach.  It is a framework, designed with the executive leadership team and their organization at its core.  Since each leadership team-organization is different, so is the specific portfolio of activities, services and toolsets that we deliver.  With this as background, the process can be summarized as containing the following phases:

Our initial focus is the top leadership, whose privilege it is to define a winning vision for the organization in their charge.  This initial exchange will define high-level contextual parameters, including the organization’s winning vision and underlying objectives.

Benefits:  Clarity of purpose and shared objectives for delivering immediate to long term returns on investment,

We assist in establishing organizational/leadership benchmarks to ensure that the leadership team understands the process, its application and the starting point for their organization. 


Benefits:  Executive understanding of the process with immediate application to on-going competitive situations.  Clear understanding of the starting point, i.e. initial benchmark, for the rest of the organization.


WE prepare, deliver and present a benchmark report, offer specific recommendations and together with you reach agree on what needs to be accomplished, in what order and how to move forward.


Benefits:  Clear understanding of where the organization is with regards to the C-P-P approach, current high-level opportunities and risks, clear recommendations for taking advantages of opportunities and minimizing risks, completion of executive mentoring process and establishment of a roadmap that includes expectations, project management approach, schedules and associated costs.


We design, develop and implement management training across organizational units, which may involve training and mentoring employees in train-the-trainer scenarios.  This approach supports a key concept behind the C-P-P process:  the client will become the expert C-P-P practitioner for his own organization.


Benefits:  Empowerment of the organization to implement the C-P-P process, immediately start generating returns on investment, improve performance in carrying out the leadership vision, embed C-P-P principles in the organization’s culture and reduce long term support costs.


We jointly define and implement C-P-P performance metrics to inform, guide and motivate all levels.  For the organization's leadership, metrics empower them to assess progress and make corrections before ineffective policies, methods and strategies become rooted in the organization's culture. In addition, they provide the feedback needed to support long term continous improvement.


Benefits:  Allows leaders the opportunity to lead, managers to manage, supervisors to supervise and performance employees to focus on performance excellence in support of the leadership’s vision.


We assist the leadership in creating a culture of continuous improvement across organizational domains within the C-P-P contextual framework.  We coach and mentor in-house personnel on how to adapt the framework as necessary to reflect changes in areas such operations, competitive environments, organizational strategies, economic conditions and evolving leadership vision.


Benefits:  Protects investment and maximizes ROI by maintaining the C-P-P process current and in line with evolving leadership vision, operating environment, technical developments, political and social changes and other factors that were not or could not have been initially foreseen.


For each phase we tailor the approach, based on the team’s initial exchanges with the leadership team, whose role our efforts are designed to strengthen and promote.

Who is SDS and why is it the one to implement C-P-P?

SDS and AC Macris Consultants developed the C-P-P contextual framework over the course of three years, building on a combined four decades of engineering, information technology and management consulting experience. Both organizations had used its principles, methods and practices throughout their history, but had not combined them into a contextually defined, integrated approach.

Our experiences developing and applying C-P-P since 9/11 and continuing research essentially assure that our clients that they will have access to the latest information and the best advise in positioning their performance ahead of their competitors. Please contact us for additional information. We are eager to answer your questions and jointly determining how you and your organization can benefit from C-P-P.

An distinct advantage of our services is the TUD method of ensuring maximum returns as quickly as reasonably achievable. This method, which is described below and elsewhere on this web site, reflects our focus on and commitment to deliver real world, practical and measurable value to our clients.

Please visit the publishing and research pages for more information on our on-going work on C-P-P and issues related to competiton and homeland defense.

Delivering Value, Faster!
Since 1989, SDS has been researching methods for delivering solutions faster and with greater quality. Our research involved a variety of tools and strategies, which initially focused on rapid development of software and databases. Over the past five years, the research coallesed around a philosophy and approach that extended beyond IT and software to expert services and management consulting. Working with AC Macris Consultants, the philosophy and approach were stardized under what we refer to as the Thorough and Urgent Delivery (TUD) method. TUD delivers accelerated ROI realization through a variety of means, including:

  1. Ensuring that benefits accrue from the earliest possible point in the engagement process,
  2. Leveraging prototyping and early deployment to validate requirements and expectations,
  3. Employing highly productive tools in areas related to information technology and performance metrics delivery,
  4. Reducing costs and the ensuring effective communications between the client and SDS teams.

In practice, TUD can deliver almost immediate returns by contributing to more effective decision making, analysis and implementation.