Maximizing Your Year-End Impact: Small Steps to Big Success 

As the holiday season approaches, CIOs often find themselves racing against the clock. January is just a blink away, and with it comes the realization that the budget year is nearing its end. It is a critical time to reflect on what can be achieved in the remaining months and how to leverage every investment to its fullest potential.  

The Power of Small Steps 

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the ticking clock, but the secret to effective end-of-year management lies in the power of small, incremental steps. As Darren Hardy illustrates in “The Compound Effect,” it is the little choices that will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. Hardy’s philosophy is that consistent, incremental effort is the surest path to achieving your business objectives.

James Clear echoes this sentiment in “Atomic Habits,” where he states, “Success is the product of daily habits—not once-in-a-lifetime transformations.” For CIOs, this means starting with manageable initiatives that can be scaled up over time. Understand the timeline and execute on small tasks that might create the bigger picture in June.  

When there is a vision, and it cannot be executed, the lack of momentum could be attributed to fear of failure and/or the absence of a strong roadmap. At Kiefer Consulting, we have developed a useful set of tools that can help public sector organizations develop a plan for deploying applications that can drive business transformation. These tools include roadmaps, templates, eBooks, and infographics that can be used to help establish the vision and gain support.  

Jeff Bezos champions the “Day 1” mindset, advocating for the preservation of an entrepreneurial spirit, adherence to fundamental principles, and dedication to steady, gradual advancement. We too believe in the idea of forward motion and scale. A business committed to continuous learning is a business on the rise; even a minor project has the potential to build enterprise appetite and capacity

Innovation and Microsoft’s Power Platform

Microsoft’s Power Platform is capturing the attention of technology leaders across the State of California for its ability to deliver fast results and drive enterprise transformation —Power BI, Power Automate, and Power Apps—can be the allies you need in your digital transformation journey. Power BI helps you make informed decisions based on data analytics, Power Automate streamlines your processes, and Power Apps allows you to create custom applications without extensive coding.  

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.” 

Charles Darwin 
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These tools are designed to start small and grow with your needs, ensuring you can make the most of your platform. At Kiefer Consulting, we harness the robust capabilities of the Microsoft Power Platform to empower other businesses, guiding them to unlock the platform’s extensive potential. With Power BI, our team crafts intricate business intelligence dashboards that serve as the cornerstone for data-driven decision-making, granting companies the analytical edge to dissect complex data and strategize accordingly. Through Power Apps, we enable the creation of bespoke applications, streamlining business processes and enhancing user engagement. In the realm of workflow, Power Automate becomes our tool of choice to introduce automation, liberating companies from the tedium of repetitive tasks and fostering a focus on high-value activities. Our expertise extends to optimizing and automating overarching business processes and ensuring seamless system integrations. This comprehensive approach not only facilitates the adoption of the Power Platform but also propels businesses toward innovation, efficiency, and accelerated growth. Kiefer has even offered practical ways to get started with these tools by offering engagements that drive enablement and build capacity. 

By focusing on small, actionable steps, you can transform the pressure of a deadline into a structured path to success. Let us embrace the compound effect of our daily efforts and end the year on a high note. 

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” 


The procurement process is not always consistent. Some departments may have funding to get started before July, while others may have to wait until the 2024-25 budget year to kick off their business transformation initiatives.

Kiefer Consulting has published short and impactful engagements in Microsoft AppSource to help organizations get started!

If your department can invest in a small engagement that can help set the stage for future transformation, Kiefer can help. We can work collaboratively with your department to take the initial steps that can help with building capacity and appetite for the applications within Microsoft 365 that you may not be leveraging to their fullest potential. What is important to remember is that even a limited budget may offer your organization to take their first step in their digital transformation journey. 

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Understanding where to begin is crucial. That is why we are offering to sit down with you to discuss your priorities and initiatives. We will answer your questions, share best practices, and help you understand how to best get started. This personalized approach ensures that you are not just following trends but are making strategic decisions that align with your organization’s goals. Let’s talk! Click here to let us know if you’d like to chat.


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