Running an Effective Fit-Gap Analysis - Abraic

Running an Effective Fit/Gap Analysis

Commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) software—not custom software—continues to be the preferred option for many firms, especially for ERP and CRM solutions. The benefits of COTS solutions have been publicized widely and revolve around reduced time to deploy, cost avoidance, standards based, best practices included, solution maturity and platform flexibility, to name a few. However, many COTS deployments… Read more

10 ingredients of a successful UAT

10 Ingredients of a Successful User Acceptance Test (UAT)

The User Acceptance Test (UAT) is a critical component of any IT implementation. The goal of a UAT is to validate if a system or solution will meet the needs of business users in their operational environment. The outcome of this phase sends the project down one of two paths. If all goes well, the project moves on… Read more

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7 Elements of an IT Project Health Report

A health check is a formal examination assessing if an IT project is on track and under control, and serving as a valuable continuous improvement tool. The outcome is a project health report that proactively and impartially informs project stakeholders of the well-being of the initiative. Too often, a project health check is only initiated once a project already is in… Read more

The $12,000 Porsche: A Critical Lesson in IT Project Cost Control

I love Porsches. They always captured my attention as a child, and I told myself I’d own one someday. The sound, the quirky design, everything about them is perfect. One of my favorites is the 944, in production until 1991. It was a departure from Porsche’s typical design, so it isn’t terribly desirable to hardcore… Read more

How to Cancel a Failing IT Project

How to Cancel a Failing IT Project

“This implementation is going nowhere fast and I am canceling it,” said the CIO. I was in shock. In an IT career spanning decades I had never witnessed an executive make a decision as bold as this. But, truth be told, this particular implementation had already gone on for twice the allotted time and delivered… Read more

Diagnosing a Dead-End IT Project- When to Fail Fast and Move On1

Diagnosing a Dead-End IT Project: When to Fail Fast and Move On

An IT department’s most critical point of failure lies in its inability to cancel a dead-end project. Canceling a project can be a great move, but it is uncommon. (When was the last time you canceled an IT project?) All too often, IT departments waste significant time and money on a fruitless effort. Let’s explore the… Read more

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Getting Your Money’s Worth From JD Edwards Software

Implementations start with the best of intentions and the highest of hopes, but most organizations we work with fall short on outcomes from their system investments. JD Edwards is no exception. This is completely normal: IT projects have enough trouble staying on time, on budget, and on scope. So what do you do now? Watch this video for my advice: (If you… Read more

The Iterative Vendor Engagement Model

Whitepaper Preview: The Iterative Vendor Engagement Model

The following post is an excerpt from The Iterative Engagement Model: A Calculated Risk and a Whole Lot of Reward. The traditional vendor engagement model is flawed. Technology initiatives are only getting more and more complex, time consuming and costly. Consequently, the risks associated with technology investments continue to pile up. Complexity increases the number of weak links,… Read more

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Optimizing the IT Project Manager Role

Have you ever stopped to ponder the split personality of an IT project manager? (Did you enjoy the video? Consider subscribing to our YouTube channel.) Tweet: Optimizing the IT #ProjectManager Role | @mpapov

9 Symptoms of a Bad IT Project Sponsor

Tweet: 9 Symptoms of a Bad IT Project Sponsor #ITProjects #ProjectManagement The right project sponsor can make or break the success of a project, so it’s important to know upfront whether your sponsor truly supports your project. Think you may have a problem sponsor? Here are a few symptoms that indicate you do: