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Even as modern economic activities rely heavily on sound IT strategies, many organizations fail to take advantage of the many opportunities that technology can provide. For instance, some types of can improve processes and profit margins. Clearly, there is a gap between the availability of infrastructure, and what enterprises actually need to overhaul at their place of business to benefit cash flow. Before formulating your company's IT strategy, there are a few questions that you should ask. Is the strategy too generic? IT organizations hardly cater to just one type of need, one kind of customer, or one market segment. The IT strategy must have an overall strategy, but it must also feature tactics that are specific to operating and market demands. Even the most successful enterprises know that one size hardly fits all. IT managers, therefore, should consider the u... (more)

Seven Things You Need to Know About Development Project Estimations

Whether you are a project manager planning for a smooth implementation of a plan or a project sponsor on whose decisions a project depends, you cannot escape from the fact that project estimation is essential to its success. In the first place, there are three basic requirements that a project must satisfy: schedule, budget, and quality. The need to work within these essential project boundaries poses a huge challenge to everyone in the central management team. There are various aspects that affect project estimates, such as team skills and experience levels, available technolog... (more)

Waterfall, RUP and Agile: Which is Right for You?

Despite signs of life in the economy, the realities of software development persist. Most companies and customers need their software yesterday with the most advanced features at the lowest possible cost. To accomplish these seemingly contradictory goals, developers seek to streamline production with fast, effective processes that can give the customer what he/she wants in the shortest time possible. These realities and past development failures have led to a shift in software development thinking from the more structured, sequential methods of software development of the past, ... (more)

Five Ways to Incorporate CMMI with Agile Methods

There is a common misconception that CMMI and Agile are polar opposites. One relies on institutionalization and documentation of processes and methodologies, while the other emphasizes interaction among workers and “working software over comprehensive documentation” (Agile Manifesto). Process documentation and institutionalization is the lifeblood of CMMI, and it is often used in critical software development life cycles. On the other hand, the Agile approach is called into action when a project features incremental changes, particularly those that have not been included in ini... (more)

Factors that Should Influence Your Outsourcing Decisions

Considering outsourcing? Beyond cost savings and the need to focus resources on your company's core strengths, there are other various reasons why you should - or should not - outsource. After all, not all outsourcing companies are created equal, and outsourcing, in general, is not necessarily the end-all and be-all of IT strategy. In today's economy, monetary pressures are forcing companies to seek software development, information management, and technical support services from third-party service providers. Since engaging both near-shore and offshore service providers can res... (more)