We take a lot of pride in the way we've designed Cadent. From the ground-up, we're built to be a lean, mean impact machine - a digital and technology consultancy that anyone would choose to work with based on value and quality alone, but that just so happens to be the logical choice for people who care about other people.
Here are the top five reasons we think Cadent's value proposition is pretty unique, and bloody hard to beat.
1. No bulky fixed costs
Our people have been working in distributed teams and on international projects for most of their careers. When the 2020 pandemic hit, we were already performance-optimised for the remote working environment. Now that the world's attitude has shifted and knowledge work continues successfully on a hybrid and remote basis, we're more confident than ever in being a remote-first business.
What this means for our clients is simple - they don't have to pay for costly, under-utilised office space, infrastructure and utilities when they pay our bills. A neat little 150-square-metre office space in the Brisbane CBD would set a business back roughly $80,000 plus outgoings every year. In our view, that's eighty grand we'd rather spend on delivering our clients better outcomes, sharper pricing, and greater impact.
2. Better people
Being remote-first also affords us other advantages, like dramatically broadening our talent pool, and rapidly accelerating the development of our people.
A remote-first business design opens up employment opportunities to a wide range of underserved communities, including people based in regional areas, people who care for immediate family members, and people with different abilities, all of whom we strongly encourage to apply to work with us.
We're also partnered with the fantastic Work For Impact, who provides us with access to impact-conscious specialist personnel from across the globe. This gives our clients the chance to choose to make a difference for talented technical people in developing economies, but with the quality, security and peace of mind that comes with dealing with an Australian company like Cadent.
As I write this, we're only a year old, but we already have boots on the ground in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. And we're geared up to grow even bigger.
3. Better governance
Our people have been responsible for designing and operating governance, risk and compliance approaches for a wide range of organisations across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. When we first came up with Cadent, we decided to put that experience to good use.
Cadent conforms to a wide range of highly effective, industry-standard frameworks and standards, like ISO 27001, ISACA CISM, and SOC 2 for information and cyber security, Scrum for workflow agility and continuous improvement, ITIL 4 for service management, and OKRs for organisational performance.
We're also undergoing B Corporation certification to demonstrate that our core business runs in a way that represents a net positive impact to society and the environment.
4. Better processes and tools
We've delivered enough business and technology projects to know that when there's an over-reliance on discipline to initiate critical processes, they often fail. Conversely, when ways of working are well-designed, triggered by standard operations, automated where appropriate, and improved continuously, we can dramatically increase the effectiveness of a group of people.
We much prefer the latter. That's why we invest in a fully integrated suite of tools, and agile, lean ways of working - so that our clients get maximum effectiveness per unit of effort.
5. Making an impact, no matter what
If you've encountered Cadent in other forums, you're likely already aware that we've taken the Giving What We Can Pledge. This is a pledge to donate a minimum of 10% of our profits to highly effective charities. Our causes are global health and development, and mitigation of long-term risks like misaligned AI, climate change, pandemics, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
As we grow, we aim to significantly increase the proportion of profits we donate each year. We're passionate about using technology and business for the good of humanity, and every fibre of our organisation is aligned to achieve this.
Of course not! If you think we can do it better, we want to know. Get in touch below and let us know how.