Dedicated to connect
and transform your business

Specialists, consultants, industry experts,
delivering insights and actionable results

DISCOVER CALIBRATE
Linking data, transforming processes,
creating exponential value

We believe the people best placed to help other businesses succeed are those with hands-on experience in their specific industry. So, instead of career consultants, we are all experienced practitioners — leading, managing and driving our client projects with confidence.

Technical expertise in data analytics, science, governance and management, industry experience and collaboration are fundamental to the way we operate — taking each client on their unique digital transformation journey.

“We listen to our clients, diving deep
into meeting their unique needs;
we combine technical expertise
and industry experience to deliver
innovative and sustainable solutions.”

Capabilities
Experts, bridging the gap between
theory and application
Specialist Digital Consultancy

Defining, building, optimising and managing the strategic interactions between business, new technology and data that drives transformation.

We deliver value for our clients immediately, bringing our expertise to consistently deliver innovative transformation solutions for our clients.

Data Strategy & TransformationBusiness Architecture & TransformationProcess Design & GovernanceData Maturity & Literacy AssessmentsRapid Business AnalysisOperational ExcellenceRisk & Quality Assessments
System Integration

Working with and customising established, sophisticated technology to get the most out of your data and services.

We provide a wide range of services, combining established software with industry experience to create increasingly valuable systems and applications.

Enterprise & Solution ArchitectureData AnalyticsData IntegrationAI & Data ScienceData VirtualisationRisk & Quality ManagementData GovernanceApplication Development
Managed Service Hosting

We don't just fix problems, we improve delivery, services and solutions, and create exponential value from existing systems.

Proactive support, ongoing maintenance and development, and consultancy services for custom and 3rd party developed solutions and environments.

Qlik Support and MaintenanceQlik Apps HostingManaged Analytical ServicesKubernetesApplication health check
Digital Products

With top-tier R&D capabilities, we innovate, improve and develop new solutions to meet the needs of our clients.

End-to-end business information management, enabling our clients to make effective use of information for improved decision making and collaboration.

Care HubCalibrate Data ServicesCalibrate Data Capture
Industries we servePractitioner-led delivery, successfully implemented across a range of verticals.
Financial Services
Healthcare
Oil and Gas
Retail
Public Sector
Manufacturing
Client quotes
We have seen a strong diversity in your consultant team who have helped us on various aspects of our work, from operations, governance, policy maintenance to in depth and fundamental pricing of RMBS,CDOs, CRE Collateral and CMBS to name a few. Your staff members were always disciplined, strong team players and looked to add valueExecutive Director, Tier 1 Financial Services Client
Our Work
Committed to our clients, craft and creating impact

We treat each customer and each challenge with the same care, curiosity
and comprehensive commitment to creating measurable impact

1Delivering self-service analytics, empowering business users and driving innovative decision-making
Delivering self-service analytics, empowering business users and driving innovative decision-making

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Problem

Senior executives at a state-owned oil and gas company were struggling to efficiently harvest and analyse data, generated from myriad sources in different formats across various business units. As a result, data often had to be mined using a number of applications and analysed manually. This was time consuming, and also resulted in inconsistencies and inaccuracies in reporting due to human error.

Approach

Calibrate’s data architects harmonised and optimised the data from multiple sources across business units, and configured a bespoke Qlik application incorporating standard industry metrics and tailored criteria. Dashboards were created to enable users to visualise results in response to a vast array of key strategic requirements, and drill down for user-specific detail to support data-driven decision-making.

Result

By developing a single, common application, we facilitated the analysis of end-to-end data across the entire business. This provides users with access to reliable, real-time results, and empowers them to make bold and innovative decisions to take the company forward with a competitive edge. We continue to provide ongoing support, maintenance and enhancement expertise, allowing the applications to evolve with the client strategy and business needs.

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2Identifying priorities, delivering effective reporting, facilitating meaningful deliberation and driving business objectives
Identifying priorities, delivering effective reporting, facilitating meaningful deliberation and driving business objectives

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Problem

The trading desk of a leading global investment bank was highly dissatisfied with the quality and scope of the monthly MIS reporting, received from the bank’s finance team. Monthly meetings were unproductive and had been stopped, due to the lack of consequential data and the absence of any meaningful insights in existing reporting.

Approach

Calibrate identified high-priority areas for finance MIS reporting, as well as undertaking a cross-divisional review to encompass a broader range of evolving business and market metrics. Leveraging existing infrastructure where possible, a new, user-friendly reporting system was developed — with an emphasis on automation, accuracy, relevance and visualisation.

Result

Incorporating an expanded scope and a variety of performance metrics, the new automated and accurate monthly MIS reporting allowed the links and relationships between the balance sheet, P&L, capital requirements and business performance to be analysed. This provided a solid basis for productive discussions between the trading desk and finance, empowering executives to drive the business and enhancing senior management controls.

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3Optimising project analytics, tracking spending and performance to quantify ROI and deliver cost savings
Optimising project analytics, tracking spending and performance to quantify ROI and deliver cost savings

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Problem

A global top-tier bank experienced difficulties quantifying achieved vs. planned ROI in relation to its vast portfolio of projects. With costing decisions based around inconsistent, inaccurate data derived from numerous sources in multiple formats, executives were unable to adequately track project spending or assess the successful achievement of project objectives in terms of benefits and savings.

Approach

Calibrate synchronised the data generated across multiple sources and geographies, and created a single, self-service Qlik application for project management analytics. With a simplified data-capture interface, the ability to produce ad hoc reports and a dashboard for visualising key metrics, users were able to readily evaluate project spending and performance, swiftly identifying anomalies and areas for improvement.

Result

The increased visibility of accurate, reliable data on costs and outcomes transformed and optimised ROI tracking for all new projects, leading to more constructive data analysis and enhancing internal decision-making processes. As a direct consequence, headcount expenditure was reduced by 15%, equating to millions of pounds in overall cost savings across the bank’s project portfolio.

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4Streamlining processes to save time and money, strengthen internal controls and deliver project management objectives
Streamlining processes to save time and money, strengthen internal controls and deliver project management objectives

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Problem

A tier-2 investment bank was rolling out a global project to build a centralised data warehouse for users across finance, risk and operations — with several related initiatives for a consolidated sub-ledger, centralised reconciliation platform and static data services. Due to the complexities inherent in a project of such size and scope, progress was slower than originally predicted and project management deadlines were continually delayed.

Approach

Calibrate finance specialists were embedded in the bank’s core project management and business analyst teams to swiftly identify and remediate implementation inefficiencies, including the elimination of duplicate legacy processes. We designed a new platform and introduced Qlik data visualisation, configuring a range of bespoke interactive dashboards, giving users access to up-to-date information while managing processes more effectively.

Result

The decommissioning of legacy systems and streamlining of processes facilitated a meaningful uptick in progress, realising significant cost and time savings and supporting the achievement of project goals. In addition to delivering on the original data warehousing objectives, internal controls were strengthened — the bank is considering further opportunities aimed at centralising and standardising its data operations.

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5Normalising processes, building a dashboard to ensure accurate reconciliations and deliver robust reporting
Normalising processes, building a dashboard to ensure accurate reconciliations and deliver robust reporting

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Problem

To strengthen reporting, a global bank needed a unified, cohesive process and overarching central engine to perform automated, accurate reconciliations between front, middle and back office systems. 100+ existing systems and processes were in place, with an equivalent number of reports and inaccuracies. The enterprise data warehouse team also lacked the capacity to build the logic into their workflow, and the cost was prohibitive.

Approach

Calibrate embarked on a normalisation process to ensure that all data and structures were labelled consistently. To avoid the time and cost-intensive endeavour of rebuilding the entire pipeline, we built on an extra layer to capture all trades flowing through the original process. A matching engine was designed, with a key that allocated unique identifiers to trades, which were aligned with the front office and mapped to the back office — highlighting any breaks.

Result

Calibrate built a multi-tiered suite of applications to extract relevant data from disparate systems. Myriad feeds were normalised in the process, ensuring efficiency and consistency, and the dashboard allowed in-depth analysis and the ability to flag breaks clearly and swiftly. The application was used by operations and product-control staff, significantly reducing time and costs and optimising the bank’s risk-management strategy.

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6Enhanced online portal for liquidity management, delivering greater transparency for effective decision-making
Enhanced online portal for liquidity management, delivering greater transparency for effective decision-making

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Problem

A top-tier bank wanted to attract new customers and enhance the user experience for corporate clients, while tracking cash and liquidity holdings and KPIs via an online portal and interactive dashboard. Internally, the portal needed to provide relationship managers with deposit recommendations for their clients, as well as perform client clustering for product recommendations and enable analysis relating to sensitivity, churn rate and wallet share.

Approach

We overcame significant challenges to successfully navigate the bank’s internal platforms, processes, and regulatory complexities. Qlik Sense was used to gather and transform data into a usable format, while web-embedded mashups and Node.js were used to create the framework for bespoke visualisations, and density-based clustering algorithms were incorporated with other data sets to predict suitable deposit recommendations.

Result

The enhanced online portal dramatically increased transparency, enhancing visibility around daily liquidity positions, control of funding solutions to improve investment decision-making, and agility for responding to market changes and other external drivers. Visualisations capturing preferences were aligned with those in the portal, giving clients the opportunity to act on deposit recommendations, enabling a feedback loop for future suggestions.

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7Resolving high-profile regulatory compliance issues through specialist consultancy and development
Resolving high-profile regulatory compliance issues through specialist consultancy and development

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Problem

A tier-1 investment bank identified a number of issues with its operating model around the internal transfer of income and expenses in its global asset-management business. The issues had also been identified by the regulator, which raised a high-profile review point. Given the materiality of the issues, a high-level operational-risk item was raised at board level to highlight the compliance problems.

Approach

Calibrate took charge of the existing remediation work and instigated a new governance structure, setting up and leading a steering committee and two separate working groups – one for the roll-out of the control framework, one for the design of the future landscape. We assumed budgetary responsibility, managed key stakeholders, and ensured that risks, issues and dependencies were discussed, while completing all action points.

Result

By embedding a robust governance model within the project and identifying deficiencies in the existing process, we reduced the operational risk rating to the extent that it was no longer seen as an item for board-level attention. Controls were implemented throughout the front-to-back process to ensure the correct identification, calculation, payment and booking of revenue and expense transfers, including an additional post-month-end review.

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8Undertaking an in-depth review of processes and roles to meet conditions for FCA submission deadline
Undertaking an in-depth review of processes and roles to meet conditions for FCA submission deadline

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Problem

After a period of rapid growth post-credit crunch, a tier-2 investment bank needed to prepare its CRV-IV (CAD1) renewal application to the FCA. As the deadline loomed larger, it became increasingly clear to bank executives that they did not have the expertise required to undertake the review and implement the necessary changes to ensure compliance with the regulation ahead of the deadline.

Approach

A key member of the Calibrate team was installed as an interim Head of Product Control for equities, wealth management and asset management. Staff skills were assessed to ascertain development needs, and roles were redefined with full retraining provided. Day-to-day processes were reviewed to ensure unified, cohesive responses across operations, IT and senior management, and to identify and address any urgent issues.

Result

In just 6 months, Calibrate successfully completed an in-depth review process that would typically take over a year. We represented the bank in all communications and meetings with the FCA, with the FCA interrogation initially scheduled for two sessions. After the first session, the bank received the FCA’s formal notification that a second session was unnecessary, accompanied by confirmation and that all conditions had been met and its authorisation application had been renewed.

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If we can’t find the right technology solution we will build it for you."
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