Strategic Importance of Building an Enterprise Training Program

For an enterprise software company, training employees, partners, and customers has become a competitive advantage in the success of its market presence and its long term growth and viability....

Agile Deployment Strategies for Projects in Productive Systems

Many of our clients are currently engaged in agile transformations of their software development capabilities or in the implementation of agile software development projects. As we assist them in...

Establishing Optimized Portfolio Management

Portfolio Management is a sought after capability for most organizations as they take on an increasing number of ideas to be converted into projects or programs. It becomes the way for cost center...

Seven Insights: Benefits of Technology Business Management

Technology Business Management offers accurate, real-time reporting through automation, improves decision making for key IT initiatives, helps executives manage the cost and quality of the services...

Seven Insights: Keys to Maximizing Big Data Analytics Value

Big data analytical capabilities will continue to grow and evolve to influence businesses across all industries. To ensure maximum value, a holistic view of how these analytical efforts affect an...

Top 10 Ways Employers Fail at Employee Engagement

You are doing things for your employees and you think they work, but you are not seeing the result for which you are striving. While the intent is good, employee engagement approaches and methods...

Hiring and Retaining Women in Technology

It is no secret that a gaping gender divide exists in the technology sector. Women make up more than 50% of the U.S. professional workforce, but comprise only a small fraction of the technology...

Influencing Without Authority, Building Trust in Organizations

New talent is often brought onto projects to objectively, effectively, and efficiently solve existing problems. The outside knowledge and expertise new team members bring to the table is invaluable...

Harnessing the Predictable in an Unpredictable Reality

In the summer of 2013, the United States was preparing for the implementation of the largest health care reform package in more than 50 years, California announced details of the enrollment system...

The Business of Healthcare Delivery

In the United States, healthcare is delivered within a variety of business models, such as not-for-profit, private, public-private collaborations and public sector. In an industry with perpetually...

Setting the Foundation for Strategic Portfolio Planning

Within most organizations’ Portfolio Management functions, two scenarios are prevalent with new project ideas: high value ideas typically find a long path to becoming projects/programs, and low...

Increasing Enterprise Adoption for Hybrid SaaS Providers

Most enterprise CIOs are now managing both on premise and software as a service (SaaS) based applications within their corporate IT landscape and infrastructure. To date, enterprise adoption of SaaS...

Measuring Your Big Data Maturity

Big data technologies allow organizations to capitalize on data-driven decisions by utilizing conventional and previously unconventional data sources to discover, present, and analyze important...

Leveraging Disruptive Thinking from Startups

What is it about startups that make their way of doing business disruptive? They often do not have a fully developed business model, can lack a recognized brand and are limited in access to...

Restarting Your Project the Right Way

The only thing better than a perfect plan, is a perfect back-up plan. It’s an unfortunate truth that as intelligent and well prepared as our plans are, there’s no escaping that eventually one of our...

E-Commerce: A Strategic Framework to Plan for Digital Sales

Within a few clicks on the Internet you can purchase: socks, travel accommodations, cars, the original “Hollywood” sign[1], and almost anything else you could ever need, want, or imagine....

Emerging Companies Points of Inflection

In my previous blog, Emerging Companies: The Scaling Challenge, I discussed the three areas where Emerging Companies typically experience growing pains and face business challenges as they scale. I...

Warning Signs of Project Failure and Resolution Methods

About 20 percent projects fail while an additional 42 percent of projects are challenged where the reasons for failure are generally known and therefore preventable.[i] Project failure can occur at any...

Cloud Computing: Beyond the Buzz, Part 1

This is the first in a series of our “Cloud Computing: Beyond the Buzz” articles. The focus is on informing clients, making sense of the continuous stream of buzzwords and acronyms and to bring...

As Simple as SaaS? Not so FaaSt

The evolution of cloud computing has been one of the most compelling and widely debated technology advances over the past 20 years, however, as my colleague Brent Weigel outlines in “Cloud...

The Advancement of Healthcare Analytics

Community Health Plans can Support the Triple Aim through High Integrity Data At a recent healthcare information technology conference[1], industry experts had varying opinions and sometimes...

Five Methods to Keep Content Relevant in the Organization

Most IT departments these days find issues with supplying and maintaining relevant content to the rest of their organization.  The most typical reason for this is that IT will tend to see their role...

Evaluating the Total Cost of Ownership for an On-Premise Application System

As cloud computing and technologies continue to evolve, more organizations are evaluating cloud platform features, functionality, and operational costs against those of on-premise applications to...

Building a Sourcing Strategy for Enterprise Software

Enterprise software companies with solutions that require extensive configuration and customization face challenges scaling their business. For many companies, growth in customer acquisitions...

Five Challenges to Successful Delivery of Health Care Projects

The current state of America’s health care system can be defined by one word: chaotic. New rules and regulations under the general umbrella of ‘health reform’ are overwhelming health plans and...

Impacts of Big Data on Brand Management

The approach to strategically manage brands has changed significantly in the last five years as online consumer transactions, social media interactions and platform usage have increased –  comScore reports that...

Addressing the Challenges of Knowledge Management

As organizations strive to innovate, adapt, and respond to constantly changing business conditions, there is a critical need for people within organizations to share and acquire ideas and...

Managing Quality in the Fuzzy Front End

As the world continues to innovate and as companies increasingly bring new technological wonders to market, the list of product blunders and flops also continues to grow. In the last year (2011),...

Executive Alignment: A Behavioral Framework

As organizations undertake large transformational programs, there is a critical need to ensure executives are aligned to the vision, purpose and goals of the proposed change. This is often called...

PMOs in an Agile World

In a fast moving, technology driven marketplace, companies are forced to adapt and deliver quickly or become yesterday’s news. As a result, agile delivery models, optimizing one’s workforce by...

Using Agile Methods for Enterprise Software Implementations

Thirty-five percent of IT departments follow agile delivery methods, according to Forrester ¹. No, they’re not just following iterative methods and calling it agile, but a little over twenty percent are and...

Project Managers: The Client Perspective

Project Managers vary by organization and by individual. Some are external Consultants; some are from an organization’s Project Management Center of Excellence while others may simply come from an...

Product Manager or Project Manager? Do you Know? Does it Matter?

Are you a Product Manager or are you a Project Manager? Does it even matter? In recent weeks, I have had some very candid discussions with clients and companies who are considering adding consulting expertise...

Emerging Companies: The Scaling Challenge

Emerging companies are companies in transition from being a startup to an emerging player in their market and are in the middle phases of their business plan. They have strategies in place but now...

7 Questions to Ask Your Consultant

Consultants can add real value to your organization by bringing industry or functional knowledge, problem solving or implementation methodologies and experience. But too often consultants just bring the...