Defining Business Requirements: Do You Know What They Need?

Do You Know What The Business Requirements Are?

Defining business requirements for a technology solution isn’t just about what the business stakeholders want; it’s about what they need. To discover what the business requirements are – wants and needs, strong business analysis is required, understanding what the business actually does, the overall process and how that business functional area defines success. So many [...]

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Want a Successful Start to Your IT Projects?

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Project management success requires spending effort in the very beginning with five essentials. Skipping any of the fundamentals puts the project at risk…

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Leverage Technology by Utilizing Cloud Services

Leverage Cloud Services

Cloud technologies now offer the best ways for firms to leverage technology for competitive advantage and containing costs – and they’re available for SMBs and even small start-ups. Companies have learned that harnessing information technology can be a competitive advantage, but are frequently challenged by how to best leverage technology without spending cost-prohibitive sums on [...]

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Leverage Technology by Focusing on Core Business: Getting Started

Focus is Essential

To leverage technology best, you need to get clear about what your core business is. What does your firm spend most of its time on? What does your IT group spend most of its time on? What should everyone be focused on? Interesting questions, if you reflect on them for a moment.  And here are [...]

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Why The Business Defines Software Architecture: Four Reasons for Collaboration

Business Defines Architecture

No matter how pretty a face it has, your application system is only as good as its architecture – and that is driven by the business requirements. So, you’re probably thinking “Why do I need to spend time on this when I hire people to handle it?”, but hang on: Software architectural requirements are really all [...]

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Three Steps to Align Your IT and Get Better Results

Align Technology to Business

Want to get more out of your IT group?  Get them aligned to your business. Sounds too easy, right?   Yet most businesses are challenged now with how to get more out of IT; I have heard this repeatedly from many CEOs/CXOs and top-tier consulting firm partners.  And it’s an interesting puzzle into people, personality types, [...]

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Three Points on Outsourcing Software Development and Lowering Risks

Risk Avoidance When You Outsource Coding

Outsourcing software development saves you money, right? Well, maybe…but it also raises risks, especially when it’s offshored. You need to weigh the cost savings from outsourcing coding against the costs that will be driven by the management overhead, needs for more comprehensive requirements documentation and, for offshored projects, off-hour meetings. The more critical the system [...]

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