The SQS group (SQS) is the world’s leading specialist for software quality. Their position of market leader with regards to position and expertise is the result of almost 30 years of successful consultancy activity.
The competitive advantages of SQS lie mainly in a methodology based on years of project-management, and on specialised knowledge in different fields acquired over this period of time.
With over 7,000 complete projects, SQS has a strong customer base from which half belong to the DAX 30 companies, a third to STOXX50 companies and 20 to the FTSE-100 companies. The company was founded in 1982 in Cologne and has today 2,200 staff in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa and a turnover of 189 million Euros.
To keep their overheads in control, the SQS CFO René Gawron asked Expense Reduction Analysts experts Ilona Janssen and Thomas Krämer to investigate several cost categories to find savings.
In order to find the best option for their client, the Expense Reduction Analysts team recruited category experts in the area of office supplies (Jürgen Trambauer), conference calls, mobiles, landlines and data transfer (Jens Biesterfeld and Hans-Peter Caesar) and couriers (Ilona Janssen).
These categories represented a total budget of 795,000 Euros.
Initially, Expense Reduction Analysts proceeded to do an overview analysis of the current expenditure structure and, based on these results and taking into account SQS’s requirements, launched an invitation to tender in the cost categories considered. As a result, 17% to 69% of potential savings were identified. Overall, over 310,000 Euros of savings were achieved. Due to these good results, the cooperation has been extended to England and will be managed by local consultants.
"Through our collaboration with Expense Reduction Analysts we have significantly and strategically reduced our non-strategic costs."
Wolfgang Moll, CFO, SQS Group