Articles relating to 1E’s consulting work, with insight from 1E’s Business Analysis and Services experts

Managing software applications is a major challenge for IT organizations. It’s been estimated that an organization can have 1800 or more applications and admins can spend 90% of their time managing those apps. That effort is expensive for a business but there’s another area of application management that could be costing as much or even
Carol Taylor
Thursday, 22 October 2015 / Published in 1E Services and Consulting, Uncategorized
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Managing large projects – large-scale endeavors involving multiple vendors and internal stakeholders – is a special skill. When leading a large project, all of the challenges of regular project management are multiplied – and the pursuit of a common goal is no guarantee that disparate teams will work together harmoniously. Large projects can be daunting
Susan Trapp
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 / Published in 1E Services and Consulting, TechEd, Uncategorized
We’ve all been “Agile” for years, but many companies find that letting software development teams decide when a new system or product is ready doesn’t fit very well with commercial plans. The idea of a backlog of work, constantly adjusted in response to commercial changes is very desirable, but for many organizations the scale at
Carol Taylor
Thursday, 20 August 2015 / Published in 1E Services and Consulting, Uncategorized
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Every project manager knows that delivering a successful project takes organization, skill, a commitment to maintaining momentum and the ability to deal with the unexpected. All factors that are multiplied when working on a large-scale project involving multiple vendors are working together to achieve a common goal. This is something we experienced at first hand
Susan Trapp
Thursday, 13 August 2015 / Published in 1E Services and Consulting, TechEd, Uncategorized
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“Agile development = making it up as you go along”, right? Wrong, agile projects need careful planning and tracking. As a software development project manager, I’ve experienced various ways of controlling Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). The most recent of these is Team Foundation Server (TFS), an end-to-end ALM tool based on Microsoft Visual Studio. In
In a recent company update, our CEO was quoted saying “Don’t find customers for our products, find products for our customers.” For a product based company like ours, that may well be true. However, that is definitely not all. The product can be truly innovative, even a lifestyle changer, but that’s not what makes a
Matt Albert
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 / Published in 1E Services and Consulting, Products, Uncategorized
Your IT project is DOOMED. But don’t worry, you are not alone. 50% of businesses have had an IT project fail (http://www.cio.com/article/2380469/careers-staffing/why-are-so-many-it-projects-failing-.html) 37% of all IT projects fail (http://www.zdnet.com/article/cio-analysis-why-37-percent-of-projects-fail/) The annual cost of failed US government IT projects is $20 billion (PM Network, May 2015 Volume 25, Number 5) What is it that forces IT
Matt Albert
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 / Published in 1E Services and Consulting, Products, Uncategorized
Delivering a pizza is easy. Delivering an IT project is not! Why are they different? If you think about the two, aside from the cheese and crust, they aren’t completely different animals. Both have a recipe to follow, both have a customer, both have success criteria, and we have been doing both for a long
I’ve recently had a strange experience in our business: TIME. Time to ponder on the lessons of nearly 20 years in the Software/IT industry. One of those lessons is, “It takes more than great software to solve a problem.” Now there are a lot of great companies out there whose slogans, whose very names, might
According to a paper from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the vast majority of successful security breaches to corporate networks are made using basic techniques. By implementing just a small number critical security controls you could remove 85 to 90% of threats. In previous articles I discussed the benefits of patching applications