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Corporate Projects services include the traditional Business and IT software project efforts.  We use our methodology as a guide in helping us plan, manage and control these traditional type of IT projects.  Where we need added technical expertise we rely upon our industry network of experts to assist us, accordingly our breadth of services is very wide and compares favorably with the much larger firms, except at personalized quality and reduced costs.  We perform the following::

Business Process Review, Business Needs Assessment, Requirements Definition & Gap Analysis, Business Modeling, Cost Benefit Evaluations, RFP Preparation, Application Software Package Evaluation - Selection - Implementation, Custom Systems Design (Functional & Technical), Data Modeling, Object Modeling, Data Base Design, Data Warehouse Design, Custom Software Development and Implementation, Customizing of ERP Software packages (e.g. SAP and Abap/4 custom development); Web and eCommerce initiatives;  HIPAA EDI initiatives; Development of System Work Plans for Design, Development, Rollout, Migration and other major project phases; Development and Implementation of customized Methodology  and Best Practices, Application System Review & Documentation,  Object Oriented Design Reviews,  Data Base Design Review, Data Warehouse Design Review, Data Warehousing ETL Process Review, Interface Engine Selection, Custom development on most popular platforms & environments (Mainframe - zSeries servers, Unix/Linux - pSeries servers, AS/400 - iSeries servers), NT/XP/Windows Server/.NET, PC - xSeries platforms, Cobol, RPG, VB, Perl, Oracle, SQLServer, Access, Abap/4, Java, C++, Html, Xml).  Traditional and Object Oriented Functional and Technical Design and Data Modeling.

These projects can be performed on a full turnkey off site (or on site) basis; on a joint basis where the work is performed at your location by a combination N&A and client project team.  This work can also be performed on a fixed cost and assured delivery date basis.  We prefer joint projects, with client involvement, and prefer keeping our involvement at approximately 30%-50% of the total project team effort.  We recommend sharing project leadership with Company management, and we recommend project reporting be directed to a project steering committee.

We are flexible, and we will accommodate your technical preferences, logistical and level of participation constraints, and project organization structures as much as possibleWe will however insist upon the use of a system methodology, adherence to project management techniques, and frequent project progress reporting to management.

Corporate Projects Key Benefits

  • Your project is in control at all times.  Project management is key in all of our projects.  You are always aware of the project progress, estimated completion date and estimated total cost.

  • Your project is realistically estimated, planned, and executed.  We follow (as a guideline and NOT as a step-by-step cook book) Business Process Consulting and Systems Development Methodology practice guidelines in all of our projects.  Whether it be your in-house methodology, or ours, or a third party such as RUP, the project is always well planned and perfectly executed.  Key design and implementation activities are always performed; testing, documentation and training activities are never cut short.  If anything has to be reduced due to time constraints or budgetary constraints it is only non critical functions and features.  We are never party to a reduction of project quality.

  • Your project receives the benefit of significant heterogeneous experience.  Seasoned professionals, who have practiced with various firms in several environments, are key leaders and participants on the project.  You benefit from their multi-disciplined experience; your project receives the benefit of multiple approaches, techniques and experiences.  There are several ways of addressing any one systems problem or project or issue, and we know most if not all of them.

  • Communication is key in all of our projects.  There are no sub groups, there are no independent experts, everyone is part of the project team.  Users, IT personnel, consultants, trainers, infrastructure personnel, vendor personnel, all are part of one project team.  All of our associates are very senior consultants with excellent communication skills and business knowledge.

  • Projects are well estimated, well scheduled, and well staffed.  Our project team personnel typically enjoy a normal life.  Accordingly our project teams are comprised of happy professionals who are rested and efficient, effectively performing their work and rendering high quality.  We do not approve of projects which are planned on an overtime basis..

  • Knowledge transfer is key in our projects.  Documentation is of the highest level of detail, and all project files are the property of the client.  By sharing tasks, client personnel become intimately familiar with the work performed by outsiders.


Corporate Projects Approach

Corporate projects always begin with an arrangement letter clearly specifying the project scope, objectives, approach, deliverables, project team organization, deliverables, timeframe and cost of the project.  The arrangement letter is supplemented with a detailed workplan which specifies the actual tasks to be performed, their respective start and end dates and associated effort estimates, and the project team members responsible for performing that work.  The workplan becomes a living project document which is continually updated reflecting the status and progress of the project, as well as the activities remaining to be completed.  It forms the basis for progress reporting to management.  Lastly, the arrangement letter is also supplemented by a project bar chart which illustrates the major project segments of work, their estimated start and end dates, key project milestones, elapsed time contingency, and overall project end date.

During the course of the project all project personnel record their time on time sheet control software against specific workplan tasks.  On a weekly basis project personnel estimate the remaining time for any tasks that are currently in progress and adjust the workplan and associated bar chart.  On a weekly basis the project members convene and examine project progress, any project variances from the original estimates, any project scope or direction changes, and the overall status of the project.  Any problems or scope "creep" issues are immediately identified and brought to management's attention.  On a monthly basis, a formal but brief, progress report is issued to the project steering committee.  The progress report consists of the following sections: 

  • Items requiring management's attention.
  • Revised estimate of project completion date and total cost; any variance from the original estimate and reason for the variance.
  • Updated project bar chart.
  • Tasks completed this period.
  • Tasks in progress this period.
  • Tasks to be completed next period.
  • Other items of management interest.

The progress report typically consists of two pages and is quantitative in nature.  The project workplan and barchart are the key documents to which the progress report refers to.  By indicating which tasks have been completed, which are in progress, and which will be completed by next month, management clearly understands the status of the project and its direction.  The 99% completed syndrome is not allowed, as a task is either completed or not.  As the project progresses an updated project work plan is re-issued to the project steering committee, to reflect the current direction of work.

This approach is followed on fixed cost as well as estimated time and material projects.

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