4 Questions to Consider Before Creating a New IT Training Program

A well-executed IT training program can be an invaluable resource. A strong and thoughtful program can expand the use of a new software or system which increases productivity, efficiency, and consistency. A training program can expand an existing system to new customers to increase revenue or demonstrate a commitment to… Read More

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Successfully Creating Value Added Documentation Using Agile Software Development in Heavily Regulated Environments

When technology supports heavily regulated industries, comprehensive documentation is viewed as a critical IT deliverable that provides evidence of compliance, assists in maintaining continuity of operations, and demonstrates transparency to key stakeholders. However, requirements for comprehensive documentation can present a major challenge for adoption of Agile principles because they require… Read More

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Built to Fail: System Resiliency is not Relegated to the Cloud

Advances in software architecture over the last 8-10 years have led to more complex and dynamic software architectures in the form of distributed systems. Read More

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Agile 2015: Key Takeaways

Last week, we attended Agile 2015, an annual conference organized by the Agile Alliance “dedicated to furthering Agile principles and providing a venue for people and ideas to flourish.” In 2013 and 2014, we had the pleasure of speaking at the annual… Read More

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Can Agile Really Work in Heavily Regulated IT Environments?

For the past several decades, Waterfall has been the leading software development methodology in heavily regulated IT environments. However, Waterfall’s popularity has declined in recent years as heavily regulated industries have increased acceptance of Agile software development practices. For example, the Federal government has released a number of recent… Read More

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Connecting Project Lessons Learned to your IT Strategy with Project Retrospectives

A general term for a review conducted after major project milestones is lessons learned. Company culture influences the review structure and amount of formality that stakeholders use to evaluate project outcomes and reflect on experiences. Lessons learned can range from quick, highly subjective opinions about “how things went” to detailed… Read More

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The Need for Smart Data Visualization

Just because you can do data visualization, should you? Big Data is a big topic! It is one of the most popular buzzwords in the tech world today. From finance and banking, genomics and healthcare, to marketing and communications, nearly all industries want to utilize data to drive business decisions. Read More

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What’s a PMO Got to Do with It?

Synergized Program Management Approaches Show Promise for Delivery of Complex, Domain-driven Technology Projects Overview Structured, controlled approaches to technology delivery from Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) through development and integration continue to gain traction and momentum across both the public and private sectors.  Budget pressures, sustainability needs, IT portfolio management discipline… Read More

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2014 Enterprise Architecture: Increasing Business Architecture ROI

As we continue our enterprise architecture journey with new agile solutions, we are focusing on 2014 best practices, frameworks, and methodologies. We are focusing on current challenges and opportunities for architects, CIOs, and IT leaders. Our coverage will consist of the architecture domains with a focus on the business value,… Read More

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Lessons of the Healthcare.gov Fiasco

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