"Where Information Technology Is Purely Business & Engineering"
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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 possible. We 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
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:
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.