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Connally Consulting Inc.: providing strategic computer solutions for companies throughout the South.

Computers. In a decade they've literally transformed the work place. However, because computer technology is evolving so rapidly and the investment is so substantial, it has become more and more difficult for companies to make decisions about the design and implementation of their computer systems.

ENTER CONNALLY CONSULTING, INC.

Founded in 1982 by Catherine Connally -- a systems design specialist and former auditor -- Connally Consulting saw this information gap as an opportunity for business growth and initially concentrated on providing computer consulting and custom programming.

Since that time, the company's sales have grown steadily at a 30+% annual rate, and by expanding its capabilities and staff, Connally has become a leader in providing a broad range of computer products, services and training for businesses throughout the mid-South.

ON THE LEADING EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY

One reason for Connally's success has been its ability to stay abreast of changes taking place in the computer industry -- a tribute to the expertise of Ken Connally, who is in charge of Network Design and Systems Engineering. "Due to the incredible pace of computer product development going on, keeping up with changes in our industry is a continual challenge for us and a virtual impossibility for the average business," notes Catherine Connally, president of Connally Consulting.

"Because of our dedication to staying on the leading edge of technology, the advice and service we're able to give our clients gives them a definite edge over their competitors," she added.

EXPERTISE IN MANY AREAS

Where the initial focus was on consulting and custom programming, Connally has steadily built a highly skilled and technically diverse staff with experience in networking, custom programming and many other areas. At the same time, the company has become a leader in accounting, network and computer-aided design software in this region.

The company has also won well-earned recognition for the quality and value of its computer software training programs. Again, Connally strives to be an innovator and is one of the only companies in the region to use an LCD computer screen projection system in its modern training facility.

The company's 10 trainers also average 6+ years' experience, which accounts for the high level of satisfaction with Connally's software training. "Our clients tell us that they are realizing productivity gains of 150-200% from their employees," Catherine adds. "It's amazing."

Finally, custom programming remains an important part of Connally's business, and the company's seasoned staff creates custom programs for a variety of business and technical applications in state-of-the-art programming languages.

SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE

In such a high-tech field, Connally makes a determined effort to remain sensitive and responsive to their clients' needs. "Our approach is simple," Ms. Connally notes, "we listen very closely and then we provide the best service and technical support we possibly can." Backing this up, Connally has added service personnel responsible for making sure that client needs are fulfilled and that follow-up on details is performed.

A BRIGHT FUTURE IN AN EXPANDING FIELD

What's on the horizon? "Continued growth," says Ken Connally. "And a greater use of 'out-sourcing' by more businesses," adds Catherine. Out-sourcing is simply a decision by a company to allow a third party, such as Connally, to perform tasks requiring a high level of technical expertise rather than creating an internal staff to do the work.

"Training, network administration and custom programming are ideal candidates for out-sourcing," notes Ken. "Any job that isn't a regular part of the company's business can typically be performed by a specialized third party faster, better and more affordably than an internal staff that doesn't work in that area every day," he added.

Does Connally have an edge in this area? Yes. "Out-sourcing, networking, training, CAD -- how well any job is done is ultimately a question of knowledge and teamwork," says Catherine. "And no one has assembled a more dedicated or more experienced group of people than we have. They have been the secret to our success."

Connally Consulting is located in West Little Rock in the Corporate One building at 10025 West Markham. Telephone: 225-8868.
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