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Partnering to Drive Change

The Feld Group Institute is a recognized leader in technology-enabled business transformation consulting. In select situations, we take a hands-on approach and partner with clients for more traditional consulting engagements. We utilize The Feld Group Institute Transformation Framework and key principles for planning, leading and executing a multi-year integrated strategy together.

Many of our clients leverage our expertise for the creation of complex, multi-year transformation plans. A need for consulting services may be precipitated by a significant event within the client’s organization: a shift in business strategy, a merger or acquisition or a change in organizational leadership. Or it may be the best next step following a workshop, as it becomes clear that accelerated change is needed. We also work with clients who have attended a leadership program and believe in The Feld Group Institute Transformation Framework, yet require assistance in driving change. Clients work with us to:

  • Develop the Strategy
  • Make the Turn
  • Sustain the Transformation Path and Momentum

Our Process


We believe there are game changers in every organization – special leaders in both business and IT – who have the vision and influence to start a transformation. In this phase, we identify, engage, and work with game changers to develop a strategy and set an agenda the rest of the organization can rally around.

As part of the Strategy phase, we work together to detail the Current State, create a compelling enterprise Future Vision, and develop a hypothesis for the sequencing of a Gap Closing Plan. We leverage The Feld Group Institute Transformation Framework to focus on the connections among the following:

  • Business Model
  • Business Systems Model
  • Technical Systems Model
  • Organization Model
  • Economic Model
  • IT Operating Model


We Make the Turn by repositioning the IT organization and making the strategic and organizational preparations necessary to execute. During this phase, we work together on a more detailed plan and begin to execute the new strategy. In most cases, we continue with traditional consulting engagement models. In select cases, we may take on a limited, interim operating role if there are key gaps in the organization that need to be filled temporarily. During engagements we focus on the following themes:

  • Aligning priorities and resources
  • Repositioning the organization
  • Forming effective governing structures
  • Creating a multi-year resource plan
  • Building out the new architecture
  • Implementing the new IT Operating Model


Our daily involvement begins to ramp down as client teams align on a multi-year strategic plan. We encourage full client ownership and autonomy, but continue to assist as needed. As our clients work to Sustain the Transformation, we conduct regular health checks, academy-style classes to socialize and teach the new way, and conduct course correction workshops. We supplement client engagements with calls and meetings to review progress, provide ongoing feedback, and maintain accountability for achieving agreed upon outcomes.

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Russell Villemez

Affiliate, The Feld Group Institute

Head of Technology Strategy, Dialexa – a Feld Group Institute partner

Highly regarded CTO and change agent with IT strategy and enterprise architecture expertise.

Russell Villemez is an Affiliate with the Feld Group Institute and the head of Technology Strategy at Dialexa, a Technology Research, Design and Creation firm that works with organizations on initiatives such as Operational Transformation, Business Growth, and New Venture Creation.

During 17 years in operational roles and 15 years in consulting roles, Russell has worked across a variety of industries in both executive leadership positions and as a subject matter expert. Russell thrives on the scale and complexity of leading major change agendas in large corporate environments.

Recent consulting clients include AmerisourceBergen, the American Automobile Association, Brinker International, Cubic, Equifax, and Cox Automotive. A common thread is the client’s need for strong leadership during a period of change—whether motivated by acquisitions, spin-offs, competitive pressures, or other factors. Clients also benefit from Russell’s expertise in enterprise architecture, agile development, application portfolio rationalization, technology and architecture strategy, as well as business strategy and commercial software product development.

Recognized as a versatile IT executive, adept at solving complex problems with innovative solutions, Russell’s capabilities and achievements span a continuum from business-strategy formation to hands-on IT solution development. His extensive career achievements include pioneering the first use of relational databases in high-volume transaction systems in the ‘80s, applying voice recognition DSPs in public intelligent network services for consumer markets in the ‘90s, and leading large-scale adoptions of open systems, object technology, and middleware frameworks in complex business environments, often in advance of commercially available software products.

Prior to joining Dialexa, Russell served at HP as Enterprise Services Chief Technology Officer for the Americas, leading a global capability for embedded Account CTOs in large enterprises. Russell began his career at Accenture, where he first crafted his consultative problem-solving approach, later honed at A.T. Kearny and the Feld Group. Russell’s deep telecom experience is built upon numerous director and enterprise architect positions at AT&T, Bell Atlantic, Telstra, US West, Pacific Bell, and Sprint, and as V.P. and CIO for WebLink Wireless.

Russell has a BS in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. In his spare time, Russell participates in amateur auto racing, and is a driving instructor with the Porsche Club of America.